Doodle God: Ultimate Edition Review

By Lexley Ford,
Omnipotence is something of which us humans can only really dream. Thanks to video games, we often get the chance to live out some of our dreams. Doodle God: Ultimate Edition gives us the opportunity to create an entire universe in a very simplistic manner, but is it worth the time and money?

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Doodle God has been around since 2010 when it was launched for iOS. Over the years that have followed, the game has been released on almost every possible format, received numerous updates that introduced new chapters, additional puzzles and quests, and even an online competitive mode. Now Doodle God has made its way onto current generation consoles with Doodle God: Ultimate Edition, which as the name suggests, is the most complete version of the game so far.

With the game being around for so long, it's hard not to have come into contact with it in some shape or form, but for those who may have missed it, the aim of Doodle God is to mix and match different combinations of elements in order to create an entire universe. Players begin with the four basic elements of fire, earth, wind and air; by combining these, new elements such as metal, steam and sand can be created. These new elements can then be combined in turn. Eventually, players will be creating more complex creations like steam engines, skyscrapers and the internet.

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Creating new elements in Doodle God starts off quite simple. Once the most obvious of combinations are out of the way, though, you'll be spending a lot of time mixing two random elements together and hoping for some sort of result. Its simple approach is surprisingly addictive, and discovering new animals or technology is very satisfying, but at times it can also be fairly frustrating and very time-consuming. The frustration grows when certain combinations won't react until you are in a specific chapter; for example, players might have access to meat early on and the obvious thing to do would be to combine this with fire in order to create something like a steak, only for it to do nothing at all. This combination does work but not until you have reached chapter 2, by which point you have likely concluded that it won't do anything.

The move from touchscreen to console has meant that the controls have needed a slight rethink. The screen is now split into two sides with all available elements on both the left and the right. Using the left stick and left trigger selects elements on the left, with the right stick and right trigger doing the same for the right side. It's a very simple approach that works well. While not quite as quick as a touch screen, it does exactly what it needs to in a way that isn't overly complex or uncomfortable.

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The console version has also received the same updated visual interface that the Doodle God Blitz and the Steam version received back in 2015. The planet view allows you to see the elements you have discovered come to life and take their place in the world. It’s purely an aesthetic addition that has no effect on the gameplay, but it is a welcome change that gives you a more visual way to track your progress. It is also a feature that can be completely ignored and easily overlooked despite the beautifully hand-drawn artwork.

The online multiplayer that was introduced in the Steam version of the title is also present in this Ultimate Edition. Players can compete against each other to see who can successfully combine the correct elements the quickest. It's a mode that is designed to test your memory and is a fun addition to the Xbox One version that changes up the way you play and introduces some friendly competition. Unfortunately, as the game has been around for a number of years now, the internet is already full of guides and combination lists that could be utilised by unscrupulous players to cheat.

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Price isn't normally something I would mention, but at first glance, £7.99/$9.99 seems like it is fairly good value for money. However, when it is compared the prices of both Doodle God Blitz and DGB HD, both of which are free and have almost the same number of features, it is hard to price to swallow. The only thing that Doodle God: Ultimate Edition has over its counterparts is the online multiplayer and an extra 800 gamerscore, and paying £7.99/$9.99 for that privilege isn't really a very good deal at all.

As I mentioned a moment ago, Doodle God: Ultimate Edition does have a full 1000G up for grabs. Anyone who has played any of the previous Xbox Live enabled titles in the series will find the achievement list to be very familiar; in fact, it is almost identical to the lists for Doodle God Blitz HD (Windows) and Doodle God Blitz (WP). The 20 achievements from its predecessor return with the addition of two new achievements. "Master of the worlds" is unlocked by passing all episodes without the use of hints, and "God of fun" is for creating the “Games” element. As such, there is already a large number of guides available on the site and all of the achievements could easily be unlocked in a matter of hours. Without any help it could take a good few days. None are too difficult, but it is worth noting that using hints will void the aforementioned Master of the worlds achievement, as well as Brilliant Inventor, which is unlocked by completing Episode one without using hints.

Summary

Doodle God: Ultimate Edition is the most complete version of the title to be released to date but compared to some of it predecessors that are available on other formats, not much has changed. It still offers the same addictive gameplay and hours of distraction. Its easy achievements might be enough to tempt some people, but it's £7.99/$9.99 price point is certainly questionable when compared to other, equally featured titles in the series that are available for free.
6 / 10
Doodle God: Ultimate Edition
Positives
  • Most complete version of the title to date
  • Fun and easy to play
Negatives
  • Very similar to previous iterations
  • Can become frustrating quickly
  • Pricey compared to other available versions
Ethics
The reviewer spent approximately 20 hours rubbing random elements together and hoping for the best, earning 21 of the game's 22 achievements. An Xbox One download code for this game was provided through the ID@Xbox program for purpose of this review.
Lexley Ford
Written by Lexley Ford
Lex has been gaming for nearly three decades and has been a Newshound for TrueAchievements since 2011. When he’s not writing news he can normally be found immersing himself in a good story, both written and in-game, or just blowing stuff up (only in games).