Pin’s Penguin Puzzler: iPad Video App Review
When it comes to game themes, penguins have to be one of my favorites. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a cute penguin and for logic puzzlers. Pin’s Penguin Puzzler app for iPhone and iPad is just such an app. It combines an adorable-sea theme and some brain twisters sure to get you thinking. Let’s see how this app from Lion Interactive holds up to a little healthy critique.
Comprised of a kid-friendly winter façade and a deceptively advanced set of puzzles to solve, Pin’s Penguin Puzzler is more than meets the eye. I expected an easy, kid-friendly game that would appeal to young gamers of all ages. What I got was a game that’s quickly too difficult to play, that I cannot imagine handing to young children. Let me explain.
The first level or two of the Pin’s Penguin Puzzler iPhone app are so simple it’s almost insulting. You tap ice blocks to make Pin move or jump to them. He has an extremely limited range. He can move one block, or jump one block to land on the second. Any block Pin lands on and jumps off of is destroyed, and the goal is to destroy every single block and make it to Pin’s igloo home before the timer runs out. There are also fish that you must try to capture before they disappear. As far as I can tell, most levels only have a single correct solution, meaning the player must quickly ascertain the creator’s style of logic, or find themselves abandoned to global warming style ice destruction.
By level 10, the timed version of each level becomes prohibitively difficult. I was playing the game on an iPad 2 with the most recent version of iOS software, and had to start turning the timed version of the game off so I could find the correct path through the level. Even with that knowledge, it quickly became too difficult to finish the levels in the timed and star-earning way. That’s pretty ridiculous for an app seemingly geared towards children, and I think it will put off game players of all ages.
Layout & Design:
With a fun frozen motif, Pin’s Penguin Puzzler is quite appealing. I found the fun sea creature graphics that popped up during each level of the game rather endearing. That being said, the graphics are extremely simple and uncomplicated. There’s nothing horribly special about them.
I also found the game a bit slow in the load department. Even just navigating from the end of a level back to the level list was unnecessarily time consuming. Looks like the game could use a bit of a tune up and some optimization, not to mention more advanced graphics to draw users in.
From the app’s overly complex levels to its ho-hum graphics, I will have to say I expected more from Pin’s Penguin Puzzler. The app looked like it had some potential, at least for a young audience. But alas, my expectations were not met, and the longer I played the more disappointed I was. If the game timer difficulties were corrected, and the graphics got a bit of an upgrade, I would be a bigger fan. The game’s complexity is applaudable, and just the sort of brain challenge that could do kids a lot of good.
Pin’s Penguin Puzzler iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 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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