Phantom Probes iPhone Video App Review
I have performed many iPhone app reviews, and I can attest that it is very rare for a totally unique concept to float its way into the AppStore: It seems like most ideas these days have been rehashed multiple times elsewhere. However,the Phantom Probes iPhone app, by developer Entertailon, is certainly an odd one, bringing with it a plethora of interesting ideas and fun gameplay that are non-existent elsewhere in the market.
Phantom Probes is, if anything, a puzzler. The iPhone app challenges you to discover a hidden object by hurling various probes (usually falling particles) at it. You’re also allowed to rotate the object using a spinner in the middle of the screen. By watching the way the various probes interact with the phantom shape, you must then pick the correct image from three shapes along the bottom. If you choose wisely, you pass on to the next level. If you choose poorly, you turn into dust and miss out on the Holy Grail—just kidding!
Phantom Probe’s game mechanic is unique in the AppStore to my knowledge. It’s actually quite fun, too, and can very often be difficult. The game gives you the option to turn on hints, which highlight parts of the shape when hit. With this aide off, it’s sometimes impossible to know for certain which shape you’re looking at, meaning you’ll be forced to make an educated guess. But though the tenseness inherent to the gameplay is exhilarating, there’s no reason to go back and play the levels again. The shapes do not change, and with no important scoring system to speak of, there’s simply not much incentive to go puzzling again.
The developer’s have done a fantastic job designing Phantom Probes, inventing both interesting shapes and unique ways of probing them. You’re given three different research methods on each level, and these methods vary from dropping a hail of bullets on the hidden object to slinging protons around it. The background changes as well, adding the occasional space theme, or underwater meme.
These small touches add a lot to the gameplay, but a random assortment of shapes and probes would add even more flavor to the game, and would supply the player with the necessary incentive to replay.
Overall Fun and Value
At the end of the day, Phantom Probes is a free iPhone app in the AppStore, meaning you won’t break the bank to play it. The game concept is unique and fun, and is worth even the briefest of test-drives. However, as the app offers almost no replay value, upgrading to the paid version—which sports 50 different levels—would certainly be a hard sell. But for now, Phantom Probes still earns a three star rating and a hearty recommendation for its ingenuity.
Phantom Probes requires iOS 4.0 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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