ElectroBots: Video iPhone App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we’re quite fond of the whole puzzle genre. In fact, we’ve mentioned quite a few times that it might just be our favorite field within the realm of iOS development. As such, we’re more than a little excited to bring to you today a full review of ElectroBots by developer Christopher Givens. The app presents us with a brand new and wholly refreshing game concept that offers enough challenge to keep our charge going. And for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, ElectroBots arrives at our door without any of the usual physics-based trappings that so many puzzle clones seem to have. In fact, the concept at work here is one of the most entertaining we’ve seen in a while. The idea goes like this: You have a factory full of broken robots, all of which need to have their charges reset. To do this, you’ll need to arrange a finite number of charges about a board in accordance with a pattern presented to you along the side of the screen. You’ll need to leverage voltage, placement, and a few other obstacles to fully match-up the elements. And if you’re not paying terribly close attention, we promise that it can be quite difficult to get the job done. In fact, once you’ve hit the later levels where multiple charge types and loads of stacks are involved, you’ll be lucky to mesh it all together at all! However, this is hardly a deterrent: Rather, it simply means that the game is fun and challenging, and as it should be with a puzzler for the iPhone!
Graphics and Design
Best of all, the game looks pretty great itself! It features a unique art style that’s very professional, but very home grown, as well. We like apps that can achieve this mix. Furthermore, the gameplay itself has obviously been thought about quite a bit, and the end result is an app that shines with a load of polish. The pacing is perfect, and the game’s controls could not be simpler. We did have some trouble putting the blocks exactly where we wanted them, but future updates could easily iron out this small kink.
All in all, for the one dollar that ElectroBots will cost you, you’d be hard pressed to find a better puzzle game for your money. You’ll get a load of content, an original game concept, and a wealth of puzzling action. In our eyes, that’s a winning concept all the way around! And considering the app is in that $0.99 sweet spot that we’re always talking about, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting a bargain.
ElectroBots requires iOS 4.3 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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