Origin “Doodle God Universe” Came in a moment of seriousness for Joybits and Apple. The developer wanted to revamp the game with better art and style for its 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company was calling and wanted the studio to bring the title to Apple Arcade.
“It’s because we found each other at this point,” said Dmitry, business development manager at Joybits. The team didn’t want to overhaul or reinvent the game per se, but Joybits wanted to make it easier to play and get rid of the distractions of in-app purchases and ads.
Interests Align and “Doodle God Universe” entered service last week. It’s a project that puts players in the role of a creator in charge of a planet. It begins with the four elements: fire, earth, air and water. Combining those parts creates new elements to work with. For example, water and fire combine to form steam. Lava is formed when earth is mixed with fire. Using that lava to cool it with water, it becomes a stone. As one can see, the possibilities seem endless.
They can make acid, skyscrapers and even dragons. Dimitri said that Joybits made the “Doodle God Universe” easier to play by giving players more ways to craft an element. Players have at least three different ways to make the hay, which makes the experience less frustrating.
“Doodle God Universe” is more of a puzzle game than anything. don’t confuse it with god’s game like “Police”. Players create elements and they appear on the planet, but the players have no way of interacting with them. Players can’t make more grass and have it cover the earth or they can’t make humans and watch them colonize continents. The animation and artwork on the surface are nice to see, but they exist almost like a trophy case rather than moveable pieces.
The fun in the project is in trying to figure out what combinations make up the new elements. “Doodle God Universe” is one of those lazy Sunday afternoon games. You pick it up to rest and you experiment to find the right combination. There’s a definite logic to crafting all kinds of items, and players will have that “aha” moment – unconsciously or not – as they continue combining.
With at least 138 elements to discover, the “Doodle God Universe” will have enough content to keep players engaged for a few hours. Plus, they can enjoy music and voice over work as well. Taking cues from movies like “Bruce Almighty,” Joybits hired a voice actor who sounds like Morgan Freeman to narrate in English.
It’s a fitting touch for a remaster that fixes everything.