RealNetworks' mobile gaming division has released their first game for the iPhone based on the popular South Park television show.

The game, South Park Imaginationland [App Store], is specifically based on a series of 3 episodes from the television show about a place where "all the beings created by human imagination reside".

I won't get into the details of the plot of the television episodes, because honestly, I wasn't aware of it prior to downloading this $9.99 game. In fact, it had been this unfamiliarity which had steered me clear of this title in the iTunes App store. I just didn't have faith that a television show inspired gaming title would be any good. But I think I was wrong.

The hero of this game is a South Park character by the name of "Butters" and the mechanics of the game involves solving individual levels (of which there are over 60) of increasing difficulty. At the start of each level, Butters is launched into the air and each time he bounces against a wall or the ground, he accumulates "imagination powder". With this powder, you can propel yourself into the air with a simple swipe of your finger. The goal of each level is to pick up a number of Rainbows and land on the goal. The momentum of the initial launch, judicious use of imagination powder and strategically placed trampolines (depicted by mushrooms) are supposed to keep you moving. If you ever come to a dead stop before you complete your tasks, you've lost the level. Oh, and there's a time limit.

Confused yet? Don't be. The video should explain all (the yellow bar at the bottom is how much imagination powder you have to propel yourself)

The game is surprisingly fun and with its miniature levels, it certainly plays well on a mobile platform. I personally found the mechanics of the game very enjoyable and quickly made my way through many of the levels.

The main complaint I've seen from the few comments made by individuals is that the game is too short overall. While the game is said to be split up into 60+ "levels", they perhaps are more accurately described as about 15 distinct boards that are played 4 or 5 times with different goals and arrangements.

While the difficultly seems to rise during the 4 or 5 arrangements of the same board, when you start the next board it starts off very easy so you can quickly fly through many of the levels. So from a value perspective, some might not feel they are getting enough. However, from a gameplay perspective I think it's one of the most engaging games I've played on the iPhone.


Game Details
Name: South Park Imaginationland
Developer: Real Networks
Price: $9.99 [Buy]
Size: 4.5MB
In a Nutshell: A surprisingly fun physics puzzler based on a popular TV show. Don't let that dissuade you though, it stands on its own.

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.lockergnome.com/digged Matt McCarty

    They should play the Imagination song through out the entire game.

  • http://www.lockergnome.com/digged Matt McCarty

    They should play the Imagination song through out the entire game.

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Why am I always getting "This video is no longer available"? Like, every YouTube video embedded on this site... just letting you know.

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Why am I always getting "This video is no longer available"? Like, every YouTube video embedded on this site... just letting you know.

  • arn

    @chris try this video again.

  • arn

    @chris try this video again.

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Hey Arn,

    Thanks for responding, but, the videos still don't work. Are these being yanked by YouTube? Tried in safari and FF3. Kinda weird. Keep up the good reviews though.

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Hey Arn,

    Thanks for responding, but, the videos still don't work. Are these being yanked by YouTube? Tried in safari and FF3. Kinda weird. Keep up the good reviews though.

  • arn

    @chris we are embedding high quality versions of youtube. I'm guessing that might be the cause of the problem . click on the word "video" in the text above and see if the video works when you go to youtube directly. you outside the U.S.?

    arn

  • arn

    @chris we are embedding high quality versions of youtube. I'm guessing that might be the cause of the problem . click on the word "video" in the text above and see if the video works when you go to youtube directly. you outside the U.S.?

    arn

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Yeah, it works on the YouTube site, I guess its just not working on the embed. Thanks for your help.

  • http://cdmcgonigal.com chris

    Yeah, it works on the YouTube site, I guess its just not working on the embed. Thanks for your help.

  • Ali nobody

    Cool game :) love it <3

  • Ali nobody

    Cool game :) love it <3