Blotty Pots: iPhone App Video Review
When it comes to games for iOS, it often feels like there just aren’t any more roads to run: As if everything has already been done, and everything since that hypothetical point has been re-runs and rehashes. However, it’s games like Blotty Pots, by developer Cobblecrowd, that restore our faith in the platform, bringing along innovative gameplay with a simplistic twist. The app perfectly combines Othello, color matching, chain-reaction style gameplay, and turn-based multiplayer. All in all, it’s a stellar combination, and for our full thoughts on the title, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Blotty Pots draws its main game mechanic from a myriad of different locations, producing a though that’s simultaneously original and endlessly engaging. The app presents the user with a board of pots, each arriving either blank or filled with a specified amount of paint. From there, the players take turns tapping the pots. Each tap adds 1/3 the sum total pain the pot can hold, and when a pot is full to bursting, it explodes, sending its contents in three different directions and recoloring the nearby spots. In this way, players attempt to conquer the entire game board, battling each other for the largest, and easiest to pop locations. Additionally, playing your taps right will produce a chain-reaction that can turn the game around in an instant. It’s brilliant fun, and it reminded us a lot of Othello. However, the game is far from a simple Othello clone, which means that previously mentioned itch for inventive gameplay has been fully scratched. We also greatly appreciated the fact that Blotty Pots comes with a number of different game modes, including several board sizes, computer multiplayer, and human-to-human combat, if you so desire.
Design and Graphics
When it comes to design and graphics, we found Blotty Pots a mixed-bag, however. We loved the animations, especially the chain-reactions. Watching paint drops fly wildly is invigorating to say the least, but we also found the backgrounds and menu somewhat blasé. There’s no Game Center or Open Feint integration either, which struck us as an odd omission. We’d love to paint our way to achievements and top status on the leader boards. Still, the game is overall a solid effort, and with such quality gameplay on the line, we hardly think the average user will notice the graphics as much as we did.
We’ll put it this way: Blotty Pots is only $0.99 in the App Store, comes loaded with mounds of invigorating and original gameplay, as well as several unique game modes. And at that price of entry, originality of any kind is already a bargain. All in all, if you’re looking for a new commute buddy, Blotty Pots should be a shoe-in. The app earns our full recommendation.
Blotty Pots requires 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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