20 Dec 2008
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The new version retains the same layout and aesthetics, which makes it easy to use, even if you are new to this genre of software.
No iTunes-based in-app comics purchase: ComiXology used to support in-app purchases through iTunes, which were reliable, secure, convenient, and provided a seamless buying and reading experience. With the new setup, you need to visit the ComiXology website to buy comics, while to read the comics you've purchased, you have to download them from your ComiXology account. The buying process has become tedious.
No more control of content access: Apple's content restrictions and ratings have been eliminated with ComiXology's decision to break away from the iTunes comics purchasing setup. This is good for adults, but may not be a boon for parents who rely on Apple's content regulation on iTunes.
Straightforward mechanics: The controls of this game are deceptively easy. All you have control over is where you build links between the various strings that the currents are traveling across. Draw a bridge in the appropriate place to facilitate a meeting between two like currents, and then move on to another pair. While this is an easy enough task to perform, the continuously changing nature and positioning of the currents appearing on the screen keeps you on your toes.
Musical component: In addition to the entrancing background music, this app also incorporates music into the act of gameplay. Each time you build a bridge, you're effectively strumming the strings that the currents are traveling on, causing them to emit their own unique pitch to add to the experience.
Multiple modes: There are four different areas that you can play through in this game. You can also choose to play in an endless mode that adjusts its difficulty based on your performance.
Gets hard fast: Difficulty does increase quite quickly in this game, which may be frustrating for new players. But if you can stick it out, you'll almost certainly be hooked.
Control options: Whether you prefer tilt or touch controls, you'll be happy with the setup of this game. Both options are available, and they're sensitive enough to give you the control you need in this fast-paced game.
Game Center integration: Integration with Game Center means you can view worldwide leaderboards to see how you stack up with players from around the world. You can also keep track of your achievements and challenge other players, which adds a whole new dimension to the game and keeps things interesting over the long term.
No pauses: There is no pause button in this game. So if you're on a great run, and something interrupts you, there's nothing you can do.
Note mode: Since this app scores you based on how many mistakes you make in number placement, you can't randomly try numbers in game mode to see what fits. Fortunately, you can switch any time into note-taking mode, which lets you place temporary numbers in blank spots on the puzzle without telling you whether they're right or not, but also without penalty. Once you've got your numbers where you want them, you can switch back to game mode and place permanent tiles over the note numbers, which are still visible.
Totally free: This app is free to download, and there are no in-app purchases offered. That means that you never have to worry about having to pay later on for more levels or anything else. There are banner ads always on the screen, but they don't interfere with the gameplay experience.
Note toggle: While the note-taking feature in this app is definitely a plus, it would be nice if there was a little bit of a difference between the note-taking screen and the regular game screen. The lack of any visual clues to tell you which screen you're on means it's possible to think you're in note mode when you're really in game mode, where you can be penalized for improper tile placement.
Variation: This game takes the basic endless running game and adds a few twists of its own. For instance, there are plenty of different obstacles to overcome and landscapes to run through. Plus, your perspective changes at different points, which adds an extra layer of challenge to the task of guiding your character safely.
Fast-paced: Everything comes at you quickly in this game, even from the beginning. Luckily your controls are sensitive and responsive enough to let you maneuver where you need to go. And as you develop your reflexes, the obstacles start coming faster and more frequently, so there's never a dull moment in this adventure.
High prices: Packages of diamonds available as in-app purchases for this game are pretty pricey, with package options ranging from a Handful for $1.99 to an Overflowing Cartful for $99.99. While these purchases aren't necessary to allow you to keep playing, you probably won't be able to advance very quickly without spending some money.
Rules and tutorial: If you're new to the game, you'll find a complete write-out of the rules, as well as a thorough tutorial to help you get a feel for how it all comes together. The rules are clear and concise, and they manage to lay a foundation that you can build your skills on as you play the game.
Play options: Whether you have friends who play the game or not, you can have a lot of fun in this app. Gameplay options include challenging your friends or being matched up against random opponents. And you can play either 1v1 or 2v2 to make things even more interesting.
Accidental sending: Because you will be completing multiple actions each time you take your turn, you have to tap the Done button to signal the end of your turn. Unfortunately, there is no confirmation window to ensure you didn't hit that button by accident, which it's pretty easy to do. And there's n