May 17 AT 11:45 AM Anthony Domanico 24 Comments

Doodle Jump: Propel your Doodler to the Top!

There are a wave of iPhone apps that are being ported to Android in hopes of building on the success the developers have had in Apple’s App Store. One of the more popular of these apps released in recent months is Doodle Jump, a game developed by Lima Sky.

Doodle Jump is a platform game where your bounce your doodler onward and upward from platform to platform to earn as many points as you can. Several bonus items such as propeller hats and jetpacks can be found along the way for an extra boost. You will also encounter bad guys and you must tap on the screen to shoot them with green balls that fly out of your nose, which is equally gross and awesome at the same time.

Where Doodle Jump really stands out for me is the way it makes you feel that this is really something that could be going through a kid/teenager/college student’s mind as they’re sitting through another boring class. The background is set on graph paper, and the Doodler and foes alike are simple sketches that anyone really could have drawn. This game just feels like something I would have doodled while sitting in 9th grade algebra, or even college level calculus for that matter. The graphics, though simple, are just done well and have this way of making the gamer relate to it in some way.

In addition to standard single-player, Doodle Jump also has a multiplayer option where you and up to 7 others take turns trying to get your doodler as high as you can, and the highest score wins. That being said, the multiplayer option can only be done on a single phone, there is no option for online multiplayer.

Before getting your hopes up too much, there are a few significant drawbacks to the game. First, though this game will work on most Android devices, several users are reporting it to be extremely laggy on all but the newest snapdragon-powered devices (Nexus One, Droid Incredible, etc.). I reviewed this game on a Nexus One, and had no issues with lag nor had any problems with gameplay in general, but users with other phones should be wary.

Second, the Android version simply does not have as many features as its iPhone counterpart, and Lima Sky does not seem too intent on updating the app since it is still sitting at version 1.0 a few months after release. iPhone users enjoy features such as additional bonus items and new/different scenes, which would add tremendous value for this game.

Third, and speaking of value, Doodle Jump is listed on the Android Market at $3.99, which is four times the $.99 it’s currently going for on Apple’s App Store. It’s a bit tough to swallow paying four times the amount of money for something that has half the features, especially when there are free and/or cheaper alternatives currently on the Android Market.


  • Addictive gameplay. I sat down for several hours without being able to put this game down.
  • Graphics/graphical theme is phenomenal. The student doodle concept really works well for me.
  • Bonus items are pretty dang fun and a nice addition to this game.


  • Only works well on the newest devices (Nexus One, Droid Incredible)
  • $3.99 price point
  • Lacks several features from it’s iPhone counterpart.

Final Verdict: Though this game is very addictive, I simply don’t think this game is worth $3.99 until several features are added and bugs are worked out. Once some of these things are fixed, I would definitely recommend giving this addictive game a try.

Anthony loves all things technology, from hardware to apps and games. You can connect with him via Google+ or Twitter by clicking one of the fancy doo-dads above.

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  • Ryan McKay

    Not to mention according to the app, “tilt does not work with the G1″ WTF?

  • http://Website christine toh

    i just needed this app to be able to post the scores to my facebook/twitter! it’s still addictive anyway

  • Nickedynick

    If you want a tilt based platform game for Android, then Abduction is the best around.

    • http://Website Claymaker

      Agreed. I’ve made fine use of Abduction for a few months now while sitting on the throne. ~Incredible

  • http://Website Adam

    You may not notice the lag that much if you haven’t spent much time with the iPhone version. This game is the only thing I miss about my iPhone. The Android version is terrible. Sorry but it’s a shame Lima Sky haven’t made more of an effort to improve the performance of the Android version and include all of the features.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Definitely agree. I have not spent any time with the iPhone version, as I haven’t used my iPod Touch in about a year.

      I see a problematic trend in that companies are simply porting their games/apps to Android from iPhone and then ignoring them. Doodle Jump has been sitting in 1.0 version for a few months now, with no plans/intent of updating it that I have seen.

  • http://Website Rev. Spaminator

    This looks suspiciously like Abduction. (OK a “Doodle” instead of a cow, but otherwise..)

  • E-man

    You covered many of the key topics.
    I find this game very fun and very addicting, it’s a little upsetting that I had to pay 4 times more and not get all the extras that the iphone/itouch verison has.

    I have all your top scores beat! :p

    • E-man

      -Incredible with no lag.

  • SGB101

    $3.99 and no free trail ??? PASS

  • http://Website Jay

    $3.99? No thanks. I think the android market needs to work on getting the same apps listed in the Apple app store with the same features and for the same price.

  • jjl84

    And these iPhone devs wonder why we aren’t purchasing their apps on the Android Market? Try giving us the same product for the same price, and then we might buy your product.

  • http://Website mihaelb

    I like the game…$4 isn’t THAT much money at the end of the day…that being said, it DOES suck to pay more for the app (forget the fact that it offers less)….maybe now that there are more and more Android devices out there (surpassing Apple), Market will get the appreciation it deserves from developers such as this one.

  • http://Website Barry

    This is just like ABDUCTION which is BETTER and FREE.

    Go download Abduction and enjoy.. these Apple developers need to stay on their side of the fence. Ported apple apps are trash.

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  • http://Website Taylor W

    I love Doodle Jump, I play it normally with no pants on.

  • http://Website download

    i can’t find it on Market. |: i wanna download!

  • http://Website Charbzilla

    love doodle jump. no lag here on my FroYo nexus one 2.2.


    I got 115,000 on my second shot

  • Jonathan Nunez

    Try Abduction! a pretty good Doodle Jump clone. It’s free and a pretty good replacement.

  • http://Website karlijn

    I can’t find it in market!

  • http://Website asketao

    I can’t find it in the market, either? D; .. Scanned the ‘Neo’, still no results … Any suggestions?

  • kedi52


  • Android App Reviews

    This is a great high quality game. Doodle Jump is definitely worth the price. Here is our review:

    Great game.

  • http://Website heiko