Rocket Home Ranks High in Concept Creativity, Proves Tedious

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

Rocket Home - Tomatillo

Price: $.99

They say home is where the heart is, but for some, returning to their native land isn’t as easy as they may like.  With Rocket Home by Tomatillo, the physics-based puzzle game has users working to arrange a foolproof path that will help the Gluons return to their ship and head home.  The Gluons, a seemingly foreign race, have descended upon Earth but need your help to recover their ship before it’s too late.


When you begin, you will immediately find the main menu, which presents all the necessary buttons: New Game, Select Level, High Score and Settings.  Users will also find the audio on/off and information buttons in the bottom right corner of the screen.  Because each level comes locked initially, users have no choice but to start with the first level and work their way up through the 60 available levels, each with increasing difficulties and challenges.

Tap New Game to reveal a screen that briefly describes what you must do in order to successfully complete each level.  Initially, users need only learn how to use the beam tool, which acts as a plank or a ramp that will inevitably lead the Gluons to their ship.  However, as you progress, you will also learn how to use the various stones to construct ramps and bridges anywhere you’d like.  Of course, obstacles and evil adversaries are bound to pop up along the way, but you must still save a certain number of Gluons within the time limit using the credits provided to utilize the available building materials.

Game Play:

Unfortunately, when it comes to game play, Rocket Home becomes surprisingly fast-paced.  Though the time limits give you ample opportunity to build the proper structures in time, the Gluons start moving toward the rocket almost immediately.  At times, you must act feverishly to decipher the map and plot the best course of action before these tiny alien creatures start infiltrating your space and getting in your way.   Thus, this app is best suited for those with quick problem solving skills, and those who really like to challenge their brain power and reflexes.

For those looking to test the application’s key features, check out the free version available in the iTunes App Store.

Rocket Home [ iTunes link ]  requires iPhone iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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