Link!: iPhone Written App Review
If you’re the kind of person who likes to build things, the latest version of Link!, a bridge builder with an industrial theme where engineering matters, is going to be your new favorite app. Developed by Darren Gates, this game is so much more than a simple block stacker. It requires a certain amount of vision and finesse to master this app. If you think you have what it takes, our iPhone app review of Link! may be right up your alley.
In Link! you’ll use a wood, steel, concrete and cables to create sturdy bridges, propelling the industrial revolution and connecting the country via railway. That’s right, your creations will be put to the test by locomotives hauling freight, folks and other weighty objects. There are currently 60 levels in Link! and the app receives pretty frequent updates with new levels and challenges.
As you play, you’ll pull building materials from the bottom of the screen (you have a limited amount of these, so build with care!), connecting them in logical structural patterns, keeping the weight and strength of each item in mind. That’s where a strong engineering mindset will come in handy. Frankly, this game isn’t for random play. It requires much more focus and skill to master, which can be a little frustrating to a casual gamer, but folks with a mind for building will be pleased as punch. Link! doesn’t hold back. The latest update actually made several intro levels more difficult. While that might stimulate the app’s existing user base, it may also alienate new users trying to get into it for the first time.
Handy game features, such as an undo button, a delete feature and a reset option, can help you get the hang of Link! There’s also a pretty active Facebook community where you can check in about levels you’re having trouble with and share your solutions any time.
Layout & Design:
Engineering is a universal language, so, other than the app’s help file, using Link! is pretty intuitive. Buttons aren’t always clearly labeled, but it’s pretty easy to figure out that the big red X allows you to delete items, for example.
We also like the optional grid lines in Link! and the zoom options. Those bad boys come in handy during precision builds and when you need to angle smaller girders in just the right way. Overall the Link! game mechanics are pretty straightforward.
You can download the ever-improving Link! app for iPhone for just $.99. As we mentioned, this game isn’t for everyone. It’s not going to hold much appeal for folks with poor spatial reasoning or no building experience. However, if those are your shticks, then this app is a worthy adversary. Personally, we found it a bit too hard right out of the gate as new players. It was discouraging.
Link! iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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