Best iPhone Game? The Little Crane That Could

Best iPhone Game? The Little Crane That Could


Best iPhone Game? The Little Crane That Could

Finally, after being inspired aged three, you actually get to drive a big yellow vehicle. The details may have been different – you may have dreamed of a truck, maybe a tracker. Whatever it was, ‘the little crane that could’ appeals to everyone’s inner child, everyone’s secret desire to control a 10-ton machine.

The game throws you into the driver’s seat, with seven different controls to use. Two are for manoeuvring the crane – the rest are for rotating, elevating, bending, extending or grappling the big crane-arm.

It starts off fiddly, despite relatively simple tutorial lessons. Stick with it, however, and you’ll be living the dream – dunking baskets with footballs, barging heavy roadblocks out your way and even parallel parking.

Just like the tank-engine train the game takes its name from, an “I think I can, I know I can” attitude sees your skills dramatically improve, your times drop, and your scores increase.

The are only two roadblocks stopping the crane game from reaching its five-star destination. First: the lifespan. There are only four levels are available to start, with six more playable after a single £0.59 in-app purchase.

Ten levels is very few, especially with the game’s limited replay value – once you’ve solved a puzzle, you’ll probably only revisit a it a couple more times.

The second is the menu’s terrible soundtrack. Really, it’s awful. Make sure you’ve got your sound off.

If you still feel a need for piloting giant machines, it’ll be the best iPhone game ever. If you’ve grown up a little too far, however, you’ve got a strong contender, let down by its lifespan. Still, for a maximum cost of £0.59, what do you expect?


  1. Hi jack,

    I’m the author, thanks for reviewing my game!
    Do you know your review is the only review of it in the English language.
    It’s amazing how ignored ot got in the press, despite hitting the nr 1 free app for both ipad and iphone in the uk.
    Well… At least I now have my first web review.


  2. Hey Bram,

    This is indeed a great game! Awsome work and hours of fun!
    Certainly if you are à perfectionist like me 😀 it would take a “little” longer 😉

    But what I’m wondering… Will you add more lvls in future? Because I finished the whole lvl pack for several times in a row and I want to try something new 🙂
    Or for example an endless lvl: make the highest tower as possible 🙂 that would be fun!
    I recommended the game to lots of friends with iPhones and iPods and would like to bring them the better news that there are more lvls!
    So please add more lvls and I’ll buy them all for sure!

    Awesome work and tnx for this great time passing game!

    Greets from an Belgian player who loves your work
    Ps: Sorry for any mistakes in English! It’s not my native language!

  3. i love htis game every time i charge my ipod i drain the battery by keep playing on it i wish a could help you with building some more levels and some new features.

    it would also be good as a PC game aswell.

    Chris., if you are interested….


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