Splitter Pals: iPhone App Video Review
We won’t lie to you: There’s about five hundred and seven different iPhone puzzlers out there, each of which is clamoring for the title of “most innovative and original.” To be honest, we’ve seen more than our fair share. With that in mind, we’re unbelievably impressed by what Splitter Pals (Pixelated Games) is offering, as its entirely original while retaining all the best parts of several more successful iOS classics, especially Cut the Rope. For our full thoughts on this superb iPhone puzzle game, check below after the break.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Splitter Pals is an iPhone puzzler in the most traditional sense: Each level is a construction of physics-based elements that must be managed properly to achieve a singular goal. In this case, that goal is sending a ball-shaped protagonist across the board and into a “home” point—quotations questionable, as the end-point really is shaped like a blue house. Either way, this is accomplished by slashing large chunks out of the landscape, launching Rubegoldberg-esque reactionary chains that send the player’s avatar swinging, rolling, spinning, and sometimes flying. Each level comes with a specific number of slashes, requiring the player to think strategically about timing and placement to clear the level.
All in all, we can’t speak highly enough of Splitter Pals’ gameplay. The app takes the best of every physics puzzler to come before it, combining it all into a gumbo that’s rich, engaging, and even fun. Rare is the game whose very levels are exciting and entertaining, regardless of the masochistic drive to achieve. Splitter Pals will have you gasping at an unexpected pinwheel or loose swing, which is a feeling we’d forgotten even existed. In terms of sheer ingenuity, it’s hard to best what Splitter Pals has created.
Design and Graphics
Aside from offering a truly stellar list of levels, Splitter Pals also happens to look pretty good on the iPhone’s Retina Display. The app comes loaded with a cartoony graphical style that’s whimsical, but yet still fits the puzzling mood. We were also very impressed by the title’s breadth, as Splitter Pals sports over 80 unique stages. Not to mention Game Center integration, including leader boards and achievements. Combined with a truly wicked and touch-based interface, Splitter Pals is quite the appealing package.
And perhaps best of all, Splitter Pals costs a mere dollar in the App Store. For that money, users can enjoy the title on both their iPhone and iPad across all 80 levels. If you’re a serious puzzle fiend with an iDevice, you really owe it to yourself to give Splitter Pals a test drive. The app is stupendously inventive and always entertaining, but all while retaining the difficulty a puzzle app should. It’s solid gold, and it earns our recommendation.
Splitter Pals requires iOS 3.1 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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