Squarescape: Written iPhone App Review
Looking for something with a simple premise, but can be equally challenging? Like figuring out mazes, and other ways to get out? Then the Squarescape app from developer Jacob Koch is just the app for you! It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and runs on iOS 4.2 or later.
When the user first loads Squarescape, they will be prompted with instructions on how to play the game. First the user will swipe anywhere on the screen in the direction they want to move their square. The user can only move again if their square has fully stopped. The user will need to pass their square over the ball to grab it, and then find the exit to continue on. The user needs to obtain the ball in order to access the exit. Checkered pads can cause the user’s square to stop on top of them. Once the square is stopped on top of any of the checkered pads, the user can move their square in any direction. As the user continues to advance, eventually more and more obstacles will come upon their way. The instructions will go on to say that in the upper left hand corner, the left arrow indicates that the user can be taken back to the main menu, and in the upper right hand corner the user can restart the current play level. The colored number indicates the user’s current level, and the grey number indicates the user’s move count.
Appearance and Layout:
The graphics and images of Squarescape are very simplistic and basic, in a good way. With a black backdrop and fluorescent colored game subjects, the user is able to focus on getting their square from Point A to the exit successfully. The added step by step instruction in the first app prompt is a huge plus, and especially works great for users who tend to be more of a visual learner. There are background sound effects which sound off when the user successfully makes it to the exit point.
Overall, for Squarescape being offered for 99 cents is decent deal. With a simple concept in hand, any user of any age or background can easily figure out the main purpose of the game. The challenging part is no getting over their head with the simplicity, and trying to find the best solution in getting their square to “escape”. It is definitely a very entertaining game, and trying to attempting multiple ways to get to the exit point can be addicting.
Squarescape iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 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. The iPhone app reviews rating: [Rating: 5/5]