Turtle’s Tale: Runaway is the New Best Physics-Based Puzzler

Price: $0.99

Turtle’s Tale: iPhone App Video Review

Turtle's Tale Runaway for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Tired of Angry Birds clones? Yeah, so were we. However, the idea of the classic, iPhone physics-based puzzler is still a solid one, and if you’ve been looking for a new app to kill the morning commute with, you can hang up the search now: Turtle’s Tale: Runaway by developer CodeSpot is a new up and comer in the App Store with a heck of a lot of promise. It features cute graphics, brilliant levels, and enough innovation to reinvent and reenergize a tired genre. It’s a stellar offering but for our full thoughts on it, you’re going to have to head on down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, Turtle’s Tale fits quite snugly into the physics-based puzzler genre. However, the app features a concept that we haven’t seen anywhere else. The game mechanic focuses on a single turtle, Sandy. This green protagonist has been removed from his typical beach environment, having been snagged by smugglers. Now, he must travel through a variety of levels to escape his captors. This is accomplished in a sort of Cut the Rope meets super-physics combination. Users are presented with Sandy at one end of the level, and an exit at the other. The player must then draw lines to direct the turtle’s fall, angling him toward the exit point. In the meantime, they’ll also have to navigate quite a few obstacles, rotating objects, even direct hazards. It’s all great fun, and with a finite amount of lines to go around per-level, it can be quite the challenge at times to direct Sandy about properly. In fact, Turtle’s Tale was infinitely more challenging than we had expected, creating a rather pleasant surprise. All in all, it’s a brilliant concept, and a fresh take on an outdated idea.

Design and Graphics

Turtle's Tale Runaway for iPhone

Turtle's Tale Runaway for iPhone

Best of all, the graphics aren’t half bad, either! The animations are cute, the designs lovely, and more importantly, the levels spot-on. We mentioned our difficulty in solving quite a few of the levels, and that’s something we very genuinely stand by. If you’re looking for a real challenge, you’ll have your hands full with Turtle’s Tale. Likewise, we also appreciated the unique addition of collectibles and other such myriad items to keep the player going. We do wish Game Center integration had been present, but then again, we suppose you can’t have everything in life.

Overall Value

Best of all, Turtle’s Tale is priced at the ever delightful dollar sweet-spot. That means it won’t break the bank to give it a test drive, and if you’ve been looking for the perfect compliment to long mornings spent on the tube headed to work, we have a feeling Turtle’s Tale will be your new best mate. It’s cute, engaging, and much harder than you think. All in all, Turtle’s Tale earns our full recommendation.

Turtle's TaleTurtle’s Tale: Runaway requires iOS 3.0 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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