Guinness World Records an interestingly wacky collection of challenges

Posted: July 6, 2009 in Adventure, Puzzle

Did you know that the most lightning strikes ever survived by a human being is seven by an ex-park ranger named Roy Sullivan?

One of my favorite factoid books growing up was the Guinness Book of World Records where you I could find the weirdest records that people actually set. From the longest nails to strangest thing one could put in one’s mouth….well, that probably a bad example, but you get my point. If you could think it, someone else had more than likely already set a milestone that was amazing, crazy or both. So I came across this game called Guinness World Records which is a series of mini challenges to see how well you stack up against real records, and I have to say it offers a diversity and in some cases amusingly bizarre challenges that me thinking who the heck actual did this in real life.

The game has 36 challenges, and these challenges span the imagination. Ever wanted to see how many roaches you could theoretically eat or how far you can throw a washing machine? You get to try all those out and more…well, your little avatar does anyway.

Visually, the game looks great with its cartoony animation and circus-like soundtrack. The map in which to choose events is creatively designed so your character will walk wherever you tap on the globe and bring up appropriate challenges from that neck of the world. Throughout the game, tidbits of world records are provided so you learn things such as the most garlic cloves eaten in a minute or where the most expensive sack of potatoes sold at auction.

The first thing you’ll want to do is customize your character. Here you can choose the sex, eye and skin color, hairstyle, and clothing among other things, and there’s even an option to have the game randomly choose the look of your character. A warning though that the random combinations can look a bit strange almost as if a real-life stylist were blindfolded when dressing someone. The game offers up to 4 hotseat players with each character customizable. While scores by state, country and globally can be posted online, it’s unfortunate that a multiplayer option isn’t available at this time.

Each challenge is presented with the world record time as well as a regional and national record. A device record is also recorded, which is basically what I have for the events I’ve competed because that’s what happens when you have uncoordinated fingers like I do. The challenges in general can range from simple taps all the way to multiple motions, but with the variety of mini-games here, you’ll definitely be using your device to its full potential.

I didn’t realize this until I really dug into the game, but it’s much deeper than you would think. Here’s the fun part…as you set device records, points are earned which can then be used to unlock even crazier challenges. For example, a simple challenge involves tapping 50 balloons within the world record time of 16 seconds. I set a device record of 18.95 seconds which earned me points that I can now use to unlock the record of eating 5 cockroaches or walking a tightrope across the world’s widest gorge. A Certificates section keeps track of records and also serves as the achievement system, and as points are accumulated, world record trivia cards are unlocked to provide even more factoids.

Some challenges are rather simple requiring something as basic as tapping but they’re ideal for those casual pick-up-and-play moments. Others require multiple motions. In the case of the BMX vertical jump, a pedal is provided on the screen where a circular swipe motion is used to pedal. Once you reach the top of the jump, a swipe motion is used to create the actual jump. Another challenge involves scoring 400k points in an asteroid-like video and includes dragging to move the ship and tapping to shoot. Like I said, there is a good variety of challenges and mini-puzzles in Guinness World Records, and more than enough to keep you entertained.

Hopefully online multiplayer is offered in a future update as well as additional challenges because those are the only issues I see regarding the game. As is, the game offers plenty of gameplay and replay value because these challenges aren’t exactly easy. If you like challenges or just looking for a different kind of competition, Guinness World Records easily fits both categories.

Albie Meter: 4 Stars (surprisingly varied gameplay in a collection of different and even unique challenges you don’t see too often; recommended for those looking for a new twist on mini-puzzles)

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