Are you looking for a game that’s halfway between a time-based hunting challenge and a puzzle? If so, then Geomelix (Mikado Works) is the iPhone app game for you. The app has players witch hunting digits to beat the clock, and though the concept isn’t a perfect one, it’s solid enough to warrant a test-drive: Especially with the free price of entry. Check out our full iPhone app review below to get the whole scoop!
Concept and Gameplay
Geomelix iPhone app sports one of the simplest, yet most difficult to master, concepts we have ever seen here at the iPhone App Review. The game has players spinning multi-sided dice around an invisible axis, searching madly for a specified number. When a number has been found pressed against one face of the die, the player must slap it to eliminate it. When enough numbers have been knocked out, the level is finished, and the user’s time is saved to Game Center’s online leader boards.
That’s only one of the included game modes, however. The addition of a “Survival Mode” has players racing to eliminate all the numbers before the timer runs out, rather than seeing how long it takes the user to complete a mission. Personally, I found this method of gameplay much more engaging, as it takes the focus off the high score value, and places it squarely on the concept itself.
Sadly, though, the concept is fairly devoid of replay value. The developer’s tout the app as an addictive title for the iPhone, and though there is something definitively catchy about the concept at work, there are no power-ups or fresh levels to keep the ball rolling. The same mechanic is used throughout each of the app’s five levels, the only difference being the shape itself. Adding multiple difficulty levels, or even unique specials, would go a long way toward fleshing the app out.
Graphics and Controls
Thankfully, Geomelix looks absolutely gorgeous on both the iPad and iPhone. The app’s simplistic controls make it a cinch to twist and turn the various objects, while eliminating numbers is a single-tap affair. I occasionally had a problem turning the dice, as I meant to twist the object about its axis, but instead clicked one of the available faces. However, this happened only infrequently, and as there’s no penalty for clicking erroneously, it’s hardly a deal breaker.
Overall Fun and Value
For the cost of entry (Geomelix is free in the App Store) there’s hardly a reason not to take the app on a test drive. Its simple concept, easy to navigate controls, and multiple shapes make it an engaging title, if perhaps not a new staple for iOS. If you like time-based games for the iPhone, Geomelix is guaranteed to please in spades.
Geomelix requires iOS 3.1.3 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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