Mr Snapz: The Cookie Caper, the newest mobile game from Tiny Ogre Games, is a puzzle/platformer that strives to add fun and color to the increasingly bland world of desaturated video games. You play as the titular Mr Cinnamon Snapz, an unlikely hero who must travel though various lands filled with evil dentures, complex puzzles, and candy. Loads of candy.
While I’m by no means a devout mobile gamer, The Cookie Caper caught my eye because it appeared to be a simple, bright, and refreshing return to the platformers of old. But once the tutorials are through, the difficulty skyrockets, and players must guide Snapz through intricate mazes and puzzles, restarting often to obtain high scores.
The object of each stage in The Cookie Caper is to collect enough cookie shards to create one full cookie. You can find armor and stealth upgrades to protect you from vicious gumball machines and decapitating lollipops, and locate special items that open up new pathways necessary to complete each level. The premise is simple enough, but the clock is always ticking, and the mazes tend to border on mind-boggling. On top of that, it is rather hard to actually see each cookie piece. They are small, thin, and easy to miss if you aren’t paying close enough attention. I ran straight past many of the pieces on my first few tries before even realizing that they were right in front of my eyes.