Ahrbol City: iSpy . . . A Mountain of Content on the iPhone and iPad!

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Ahrbol City: iPad App Video Review

Ahrbol City HD for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you remember those old iSpy books you used to play with as a child? You know, the ones with a junk room full of stuff that you have to sort through, looking for a list of specific items? We sure do, and if whether you’re looking for a way to relive that nostalgia—or just entertain yourself silly on the iPad and iPhone, Ahrbol: City by developer Lagali Asia is just the way to do so. The app had us hunting wildly across both devices, searching frantically for a cheese grater, or a polar bear, or sometimes a ninja in a rowboat. All in all, the app is a heap of whacky fun, no matter what edition you go with, and considering it offers so many varied game modes, one could easily spend an entire afternoon plugging away at it. For our full thoughts on this item-hunting game available for both the iPhone and iPad, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Functionality

As stated, Ahrbol: City most resembles those classic iSpy books from our childhood, or at least the gameplay mechanic offered there. No matter what mode the game is in, the players must either locate a specific item, number, or puzzle piece, often requiring an intense amount of searching to produce only a handful of finds. In essence, it’s like dumping out your junk drawer, and then requiring your best mate to find your certain-colored socks among them. However, the game is infinitely more fun than that example, and we were particularly fond of the various game stylings.

If the game were simply an item find with a list attached, it would become tiresome after only a short play through. Thankfully, the developers have done a great deal to keep the ball rolling, introducing new rules for each stage. There’s an alphabetized ruling, which has you hunting for letters and numbers, as well as a descriptor mode, which offers only a text description of the clue. There are several more included (And by several we mean quite a lot!) but perhaps our favorite was the jigsaw puzzle. The player shakes the puzzle at the beginning, and then must rearrange the pieces to match. In addition, there’s also an end “bonus” mode of sorts, as well as a a heap of helper items to speed you along, should you find an item undiscoverable.

Design and Graphics

Ahrbol City HD for iPad

Ahrbol City HD for iPad

No matter if you’re using Ahrbol: City on the iPhone or iPad, we can’t speak highly enough of the app’s graphics. The title bears a very whacky sense of itself, supporting a network of highly detailed and endlessly creative items, most of which are somewhat out of left-field. Either way, we greatly appreciated the beautifully hand-drawn artwork, as well as the full support for touch-optimization. In each and every game mode, it required only a few clicks, or a few swipes of a finger to identify or more an item. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a simpler means of controlling such a richly difficult game.

Overall Value

On both the iPhone and iPad, Ahrbol: City is a free offering with a mountain of expandable in-app extras. Even without these, though, the game is an incredible bargain. Sporting several unique game modes, an handful of difficulty settings, a rich multiplayer mode, and 50 levels, there’s more than enough content to keep your fingers busy through a month’s worth of morning commutes. If you’re a fan of the genre, or of the style of gameplay, there’s no better must-have than Ahrbol: City for both the iPhone and iPad.

Ahrbol City HDAhrbol City requires iOS 4.1 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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