Hands-On Preview: “Granny Smith” from The Creators of Sprinkle [Video]

Here at Phandroid, we’ve been long time fans of the developer tour de force at Mediocre Games. Our love affair began last year when Mediocre introduced Sprinkle to the world at E3 2011 — in which we gave you guys an exclusive preview — and it was all downhill from there. Recently, we sat down with Mediocre in an interview where they took the wraps off their upcoming title, Granny Smith, scheduled to hit the Google Play Store in August. Before it does… (you knew this was coming) we’re here to give you guys another exclusive preview with our hands-on of an early, pre-release copy of Granny Smith, direct from the fine folks at Mediocre.

The premise of Granny Smith is simple: a young thief stole Mrs. Smith’s apples, and it’s up to granny to dust off the old skates, and get ’em back. The player guide’s granny in a high-speed chase across levels filled with slopes, jumps, and obstacles, across varying landscapes. The challenge lays not just in the game’s level design, but more in mastering the controls as well. I guess one could call Granny Smith a stunt-platform-racer, where the biggest challenge the player will face is keeping ‘ol granny landing safely on her feet.

Players take control of granny using only 2 buttons: one for jumpin’ and the other for canin’ (extending her cane). The cane part is simple enough. Extend the cane and granny attaches to clothes and power lines to perform totally wicked extreme grinds while soaring over obstacles. It’s the jumping part that involves a little more skill. The length of the button press gauges not only how high granny jumps (she’s been taking her¬†glucosamine pills), but also the amount of somersaults performed in the air. Land on your head too many times, and the thief will make off with your apples. Stick a landing well enough, and you’ll receive bonus points.

At the end of each level you’re graded based on the amount of stars and points you’ve accumulated throughout the level. Apple’s are a little harder to come by (they’re sometimes hidden throughout the level, and you’ll have to beat the thief to ’em) but granny has a few tricks up her sleeve to keep the fat little thief from gaining the lead. Players can exchange coins for bonus items like a helmet (good for getting granny back on her feet after a bad landing), banana peels (useful for keeping a lead on the thief), and baseballs for when you wanna go on the offensive.

Mediocre promises 36 levels across 3 different landscapes when the game finally launches sometime this month. But enough with my jibber jabberin’ — let’s jump right into the game with our full hands-on preview of Granny Smith, coming soon to Android devices everywhere. After you watch, be sure to let us know what you think.

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  • Tommy Thompson

    Is the audio acting up for anyone else?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Popping, right? I thought it was my computer and rebooted =/

      • Tommy Thompson

        Yeah, I thought it was my browser so I restarted it lol

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          Maybe it’s just our… Macs? O_o

          • Tommy Thompson

            I was on my desktop PC o.O

          • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

            Touche. I figured it out. It’s Final Cut Pro. Never using it again. Looks like it’s back to iMovie! =/

          • Tommy Thompson

            Another deduction for Final Cut!

          • Jonathan Roman


          • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

            Hey, even Google uses Macs. Lol

  • G. Andrew M. Blackburn

    for the next video review instead of leaving thee camera on autofocus, if you zoom all the way in on something, like lets say the edge of a chair in the other side of the table turn the focus ring until the chair is in focus and then zoom all the way back out then everything between that chair and the camera lens will be in focus and stay in focus as long as you leave it in manual focus

    • G. Andrew M. Blackburn

      PS. wasn’t trying to be a smartass just trying to be helpful for your next video review. Trust me when I say that it will make your video reviews much better than others because it seems that everyone just leaves the camera on autofocus

      • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

        Oh, no worries. Appreciate the feedback. I think I’ll take your advice and see how it works out in my next vid :)

        • G. Andrew M. Blackburn

          cool. I read my comment a little while later and I was thinking “geeze, with out voice inflection to give it some context I kinda sound lik a jerk” :D

          • moopuna

            what a jerk

          • UniBroW


  • http://twitter.com/iLoveLiveUnique Nathan Bryant

    Audio seemed a little crackily but awesome looking game. It had you excited ha-ha

  • http://twitter.com/AnaGamerChica GamerChica

    Can’t wait to play it, just hope the controls work well

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Controls are solid. This is an early copy of the game, so I’m sure they can still tweak some stuff.

      The only problem I ever really encountered is when I’d crash right before going up a steep slope. Granny would get stuck and it took awhile to build up momentum. By that time, the thief was lonnnnnnng gone.

      If Granny had some sort of rocket pack or boost, it would be good for those situations :p

  • Jonathan Roman

    is that the i/o nexus 7? i thought you were giving it away. to me.

  • DarrenR

    Any word on price? Looks like fun.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Not yet, but expect similar pricing to Sprinkle’s ($2)

  • Gilbert Aispuro

    He did a review for this game because he had a crush on the dudes when reviewed them for Sprinkle. haha REMEMBER! Having connections is KEY! JK this game looks ok.

  • phoenix_fire

    hairspray reference ^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000243194464 Sarah Hayek

    Dear Chris Chavez: You’re totally adorable! you are such a fantastic addition to Phandroid!! Thank you for contributing to the BEST android news website with your quirky amazing personality. :)