Tiny Aliens: Dumb Aliens, Brilliant Puzzler

Price: $0.99

Tiny Aliens: Written and Video iPhone App Review

Tiny Aliens for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We have a real love-hate relationship with physics puzzlers. On the one hand, they may just be our single favorite genre of application available in the App Store. On the other hand, they’re quite often clones of other titles and absolute rubbish. All of this just to say that Tiny Aliens by developer Gamzio is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale room. It’s got a load of content to keep us engaged, as well as plenty of variety to goad us along. All in all, it’s perhaps one of the best new physics puzzlers we’ve seen to date, and you’ll find our whole review of it below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

When it comes to the genre, some physics puzzlers are more arcade based than they are puzzle-born. However, Tiny Aliens is most certainly a thinking game, which means it gets us right where we live. The idea is that you must direct a troop of rather daft aliens about. You’ll need to tap blocks out of existence to move the creatures into place, connecting them all together to power their vessel. This requires you to judge the level’s layout quite clearly, and then modify its structure to get to the end goal.

This starts out rather easy, but very quickly it becomes rather difficult. You’ll need to manage weight, swinging parts, spikes, and other obstacles to get your aliens where they need to go. If you fail to do this well enough, you must restart the level. If it takes you too long to complete the level, you’ll not get the full star rating for the course. In other words, it’s a stock physics puzzler, but with a fresh concept at the wheel and enough content to keep us in our corner.

Graphics and Design

Tiny Aliens for iPhone

Tiny Aliens for iPhone

We have to commend the developers in this area quite a bit. The app looks simply gorgeous, and there’s no one who can convince otherwise. The cutesy animations are endearing, the layouts are crisp and intelligent, and even the background sets are brilliant. We liked the color schemes, the characters designs, and even the game’s pacing. It doesn’t leave you hanging for long without a new concept arriving at your doorstep. This means we hardly ever were bored, and more often than not, we were busy scratching our own heads.

Overall Value

Best of all, the app is directly in that one dollar sweet-spot that we’re always talking about. For the content and enormity of puzzling that you’re getting, this is an excellent price, and we cannot recommend the game enough for it. It’s got all the hallmarks of a good iOS arcade game, and as future updates bring along even more robustness in content, we can only assume Tiny Aliens will improve. As such, now is perhaps the best time to jump on the bandwagon.

Tiny AliensTiny Aliens requires iOS 4.1 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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