Those raised in the tri-state area may remember Action Park, a deathtrap of a New Jersey amusement park that was eventually shuttered under a mountain of personal-injury lawsuits. Nutty Fluffies gives adrenaline junkies a chance to recapture some of those lost thrills. It’s RollerCoaster Tycoon without the tycoons.
A single finger steers your roller coaster train over a series of wildly dangerous tracks. Much like RedLynx’s Xbox 360 motorcycle-stunt game Trials, success hinges on micro-adjustments in your vehicle’s speed and trajectory. The slightest mistimed tap will fling your train off the rails, sending a carload of stuffed animals to their soft, cuddly graves. The physics of failure are generally hilarious, particularly the rearmost cart’s tendency to launch itself up and over the lead car in a sick parody of the Top Gun “flipping the bird” scene.
Certain animals carry bonuses that can net you extra points for stunts like catching air (though sadly, no characters provide bonuses for flashing the “souvenir photo” camera at the top of the hill). Earning enough coins to unlock later levels often means playing the same tracks over and over again, but despite this annoyance, Nutty Fluffies provides the kind of entertainment anyone with an alpine slide-inflicted skin graft can appreciate.