Mama Cholly – Making the Chore of Laundry into a Game (iOS App Review)

mamacholly_iconIf you’re looking for a casual game that is a bit different from the norm, check out Mama Cholly by Ilya Karkin. It’s about Mama Cholly, a sweet old lady from Italy who’s just trying to get her laundry done. She does it the old fashioned way and hangs her clothes out to dry. You would think this is a simple task but restless birds and inconsiderate neighbors don’t care about Mama’s clothes and try to ruin them by making them dirty again before she can collect her laundry.

This is actually a very simple game to play but still very challenging. Mama Cholly puts her laundry in the basket. You have then place each piece of laundry on the drying line and move it around to make space for new clothes. As the clothes dry, you can then place them back into another basket to be picked up. Close take a few seconds to dry depending on what it is and you have to constantly watch out for bird droppings and garbage flying around in order to keep your clothes clean. Dirty clothes will not be picked up and will occupy space on the drying line that you won’t be able to use anymore. There is a way to clean the clothes again with a power up. You get some for free but if you want more, you’ll have to pay for them with an in-app purchase. Also, don’t let the basket of wet closed get too full or it will be game over for you.

Graphically, the art style of Mama Cholly is very nice. It’s bright and colorful and has a very old-world Italy type look to it. I’m not sure if that’s the right way to describe it so I’ll just also add that it just looks very good.

Mama Cholly is quite an interesting game. Who knew doing laundry could be fun? Overall, the game was fun and different and the only real negative I have about the game is that the controls can be a bit finicky. That’s something that should be fixable with an update so it’s not big deal.

App Store Link: Mama Cholly
Version: 1.01
Developer: Ilya Karkin | Uragus
Price: $0.99
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


Naples, Italy. Mama Cholly is doing laundry all day long and hangs it on a rope across the street to dry. Before the clothes can dry restless birds and wild neighbors try to make Mama’s dresses, towels and pants dirty again. Try out your skills to help Mama dry her laundry – move the rope, tap on dirt and defend the clothes!

Key features:
+ The game is created by women for women
+ Easy control and colorful graphics for retina resolution
+ 20 exciting missions and special boosters

[via App Store]

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