Cosmica: iPhone Video App Review
The new Cosmica iPhone app from Tazoo Co is a celestial game of cosmic proportions. This heavenly title sports some seriously ethereal graphics, and a unique style of gameplay that’s a little different than anything I’ve ever seen before. The results? A breathtaking new game that’s as challenging as it is lovely. Trust me, this is one iPhone app review you won’t want to miss.
Concept & Gameplay:
The idea behind Cosmica is that there are Milkies out there who need help navigating obstacles to get home. Your job is to guide a streaming beam of light through 27 progressively difficult stages without lifting your finger from the screen. Except when it’s called for, but more about that in a moment.
What starts out as a simple trek from start to finish evolves into a multifaceted challenge as you jump barriers, slalom through goals, avoid flying barriers and moving puzzles and more. You start each leve with three lives. Bumping into barriers takes away a life, and lifting your finger brings the level to a quick halt. One thing’s for sure, Cosmica is a ton of fun to play, and beautiful rendered in a style all its own.
The Cosmica iPhone app is broken up into three sections: Mily’s Way, Quasar’s Way and Nebulae’s Way. Each section is full of new surprises. The app instructs you how to get the most out of this game as you go along, and I highly recommend paying attention to the tips and tricks it shares at the beginning of most new levels.
The end product is a sweeping, simple yet finely tuned game you’re sure to love. I did find myself wishing for some integrated achievements or score boards, and hope the app continues to improve to include those in the future.
Layout & Design:
In case my glowing language hasn’t tipped you off yet, I’m a huge fan of how the Cosmica app looks. It’s universal, and looks amazing on the iPad (check out our video review for a firsthand look at the app on the iPad 2). Visually, I have no complaints. However, the app’s user interface could use a bit of work.
After playing Cosmica for a little while, I ran into some issues with having the game read my touch. It must have dried out or gotten a bit cold in my nice air conditioned office, because there was nothing I could do to fix this issue. But, when I picked it up to play later, the game worked just fine.
It’s also way too easy for one of your other fingers or part of your hand to touch the screen accidentally. But a bit of painstaking hand positioning was well worth it for this sweet game.
To top it all off, downloading Cosmica is free. The free version comes with five free levels for you to try, and believe me when I say you are going to want to spend $1 to unlock the rest of the app. Cosmica is a delightful title with tons out-of-this-world potential. You definitely need to check out this app.
Cosmica 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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