Apple Guard HD Pro: iPhone App Video and Written Review
When it comes to physics-based games, we hardly ever seen an original thought these days, at least on the iPhone. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still be knocked off our feet by the occasional diamond in the rough: Apple Guard HD Pro by developer Adv Webbing is just such an app, offering a unique take on the physics gaming realm, as well as an healthy dose of cute graphics. All in all, it’s a refreshing breath of air in an otherwise somewhat stale genre. If you’ve been looking for a new commute-killer to pass the time with, head on down below the break to see why Apple Guard HD Pro may just be the best fit!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Apple Guard HD Pro is most certainly a physics-based game for the iPhone. It comes loaded with puzzle-oriented levels that the player must navigate by drawing lines in an almost Cut the Rope way. However, rather than directing candy to a monster, you’re instead guiding a dropped apple from one end of the level to a basket at the other. In this sense, it’s like a cross between juggling, Cut the Rope and—oddly enough—basketball. All along, you’ll be inundated with cute monkeys, spiky obstacles, various walls, and other items designed to make the task of getting the apple across the screen that much harder. It’s a unique concept, and we only wish it came with a little more content. We liked the included obstacles, but the levels themselves do get a bit repetitive after a while. However, this is certainly an easy fix: Future updates could simply add new content or level-supplements, and we’d hardly have a complaint anymore.
Design and Controls
First off the bat, we loved the look of Apple Guard HD Pro. The game is gorgeous, and the cute graphics are certainly endearing. However, we do feel there’s quite a large flaw in the way the game is controlled. For instance, the player must draw lines across the screen to bounce the apple into place. This initially seems fun, but we quickly found the mechanic rather awkward. Bouncing the apple is not a precise affair, and no matter how many levels we played through, we still had just as much trouble navigating the courses as we did at the beginning. In other words, we feel the physics engine and controls need a slight bit of work before they’re truly golden.
That being said, we can hardly knock Apple Guard HD Pro for being a bargain! The app’s one dollar price tag is exactly what we would pay for the app’s copious levels and unique gameplay. All in all, if you’re looking for a new time killer to pass away the hour with, then by all means: Give Apple Guard HD Pro a test drive, and we promise you won’t regret it.
Apple Guard HD Pro requires iOS 4.2 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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