One of the most interesting phenomenons that have sprung up from the App Store is how game engines like Unity have empowered so many first-time iPhone developers to create games with full physics simulation. There are a ton of silly little physics games already on the App Store, many utilizing a similar bike riding and ramp jumping mechanic, but one simple thing sets Mr Onions [99¢] apart from the rest: A basket full of groceries.

In the game, you must help Mr. Onions get home from the grocery store, riding his bike across various country roads, all of which are home to hazards such as ramps, tires, floating logs, windmills, and many other things that should never be on any kind of roadway. Mr. Onions can distribute his weight to tilt the bike forward or backward by tilting your iPhone, and pressing the right side of the screen makes him pedal while touching the left side makes him brake.

This is all pretty standard, and the controls will come naturally if you've ever played games like Bike or Die 2 [$5.99 / Free], Moto X Mayhem [99¢, or many others. What sets Mr Onions apart is that the goal of the game is not only to get to the other side of the level, but to get there with what appears to be a loaf of bread, hunk of cheese, and tomato all still in the basket of your bike.

This is so much harder than it sounds, especially in some of the later levels. Keeping three tiny little objects inside of the basket on the front of your bike requires extremely precise control, always being sure to land as gracefully as possible while keeping your speed reasonable. (Your time is also recorded, adding some replay value as you go through levels again to try to beat previous times.)

The simple graphics of the game are silly enough, but few iPhone games have ever had me cackling like such a maniac. The incredibly ridiculous stunts you need to successfully pull off, all while keeping your lunch in your basket, are really something else. Also, there's nothing quite like flying off a windmill as your loaf of bread flips out of your basket, you catch it by powering in to a wheelie, only to just barely lose your tomato before crossing the finish line.

The main down side to the game is how little time it will take you to beat. 20 levels are included, and are slowly unlocked by collecting stars which are awarded by making across the finish line with your entire load of groceries intact. In the future, I'd love to see more levels, or even some kind of online leaderboard integration.

If you've enjoyed these kind of physics games in the past, or just really want to know what it's like trying to get home from the grocery store in the world's most dangerous neighborhood, you really should give Mr Onions a try. I've had a bunch of fun with the game, even though I swear that tomato has something against me.

Note: There has been a high level of debate amongst the TouchArcade crew regarding the actual contents of the basket. I firmly believe it's bread, cheese, and a tomato as that makes the most sense for a sandwich but other things have been suggested including a box of Arm & Hammer as well as an orange, grapefruit, and/or many other things. Perhaps part of the magic of Mr Onions is wondering what he's going home to prepare with the three mystery items.

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  • emtking

    Fun game and I believe it's his groceries not lunch LOL

  • emtking

    Fun game and I believe it's his groceries not lunch LOL

  • Totalsam

    Bought it an hour ago. Voraciously devoured the tracks. If the developer's listening ADD MORE TRACK!

    Or even better, a level editor!

    Great game for a buck.

  • Totalsam

    Bought it an hour ago. Voraciously devoured the tracks. If the developer's listening ADD MORE TRACK!

    Or even better, a level editor!

    Great game for a buck.

  • mbrew

    Ha! This is a FANTASTIC game. Quick levels, lots of challenge, easy to replay a million times... it's app gold. I hope the developer plans to add more levels.

  • mbrew

    Ha! This is a FANTASTIC game. Quick levels, lots of challenge, easy to replay a million times... it's app gold. I hope the developer plans to add more levels.

  • Oliath

    It's games like this that prove that the iPhone is the best gaming platform available right now.
    Affordable and unique games I would have never even had exposure to on any other platform have changed the way I percieve gaming.
    I love you AppStore and TA for gems just like this.

  • Oliath

    It's games like this that prove that the iPhone is the best gaming platform available right now.
    Affordable and unique games I would have never even had exposure to on any other platform have changed the way I percieve gaming.
    I love you AppStore and TA for gems just like this.

  • azz

    For some reason the added "Note:" sold me on this game. Downloading now.

  • azz

    For some reason the added "Note:" sold me on this game. Downloading now.

  • Freedog

    Its a good enough game but its hard as hell.

  • Freedog

    Its a good enough game but its hard as hell.

  • MrPumpkin

    whats with the graphics?

    • SpAzzLe

      I think the graphics are great, there so sweet and simple. In my eyes it just proves that you don't need flashy big budget development to produce great games as this proves. I was surprised to see this game got a mention on Touch Arcade, so two thumbs up there.
      This game IMO is priced perfectly and if you have a spare $ lying around I suggest you invest it in a game that is both challenging and extremely pleasing.

  • MrPumpkin

    whats with the graphics?

    • SpAzzLe

      I think the graphics are great, there so sweet and simple. In my eyes it just proves that you don't need flashy big budget development to produce great games as this proves. I was surprised to see this game got a mention on Touch Arcade, so two thumbs up there.
      This game IMO is priced perfectly and if you have a spare $ lying around I suggest you invest it in a game that is both challenging and extremely pleasing.

  • Vanessa

    It's an apple.

  • Vanessa

    It's an apple.

  • TheFamousEccles

    This is an incredibly goofy, fun, and difficult game, and I love it.

    By the way, I'm pretty sure it's an apple. In addition to it being the wrong color for a tomato, and for having to much color variation, tomato stems don't look like that, but apple stems do.

  • TheFamousEccles

    This is an incredibly goofy, fun, and difficult game, and I love it.

    By the way, I'm pretty sure it's an apple. In addition to it being the wrong color for a tomato, and for having to much color variation, tomato stems don't look like that, but apple stems do.

  • sdfsadf

    You're an apple

  • sdfsadf

    You're an apple

  • http://www.gamestu.com stu

    :)
    Thank you so much for the feed back! It makes me super happy to know that you guys and girls are playing it... I'm building new levels right now..

    • brenda

      hi stuart
      just reading all the comments well done its an obvious hit.
      Sophie missing boo and your beautiful place.
      hope game continues to be a mega success
      bren x

  • http://www.gamestu.com stu

    :)
    Thank you so much for the feed back! It makes me super happy to know that you guys and girls are playing it... I'm building new levels right now..

    • brenda

      hi stuart
      just reading all the comments well done its an obvious hit.
      Sophie missing boo and your beautiful place.
      hope game continues to be a mega success
      bren x

  • brent

    LOL great stuff stuart

    Was talking to your Dad the other day, Im going to get my mates to get this
    speak to you soon

  • brent

    LOL great stuff stuart

    Was talking to your Dad the other day, Im going to get my mates to get this
    speak to you soon

Mr Onions Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 3.5