Subway Exits: Written iPhone App Review
I’ll take this opportunity to let everyone know that I’m not a huge puzzle game connoisseur. I have a tendency to become very impatient, and my “it can’t be as simple as that” mentality doesn’t make problem-solving any easier. However, I might’ve found a game which appeals to even the pickiest puzzlers such as myself.
Subway Exits, developed by Liquid Effect, is a new and challenging puzzle game which is guaranteed to keep you busy for hours. With 100 levels across five major U.S. cities, this game is sure to become your go-to time killer.
Concept and Gameplay:
Subway Exits is beautifully designed and adopts the usual minimalistic approach which many puzzle games feature. There’s a distinct lack of distracting background music or goofy animations, which is great for people who need to concentrate (or for people who are easily annoyed by cheesy tunes).
As with many other puzzle games, the whole idea is to give you as few hints as possible so you can solve each level on your own. However, the game does provide small hints on the windows next to the Subway exits. I found these hints to be helpful at times, but usually I accidentally found a way to solve the level.
The only thing that really agitated me about the game was a constant bombardment of advertisements. Subway Exits features a menu bar at the top of the screen (seen in this screenshot) which is inaccessible most of the time because an ad is there. You can manually close the ad bar if it’s getting in the way, but I spent more time doing this than actually solving the puzzles. Ads are something all of us are used to in free apps, but it becomes a problem when they interfere with gameplay. It would be better if a simple ad was displayed after the completion of each level.
Subway Exits sports an almost endless amount of gameplay. Currently the game only features North American cities, but it’s clear that future updates will add levels from all around the world. Right now you can solve puzzles in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Each city has 20 stops (levels), so don’t expect to go whizzing through this game in a day.
There is also a shop where you can purchase free passes, unlock all levels, and remove advertisements. Free passes are great because they allow you to move on if you’re stumped by level.
If you’re no stranger to picking your brain, you’ll easily fall in love with Subway Exits. Even if you’re not a huge fan of puzzle games, I suggest giving it a shot. It’s very clear that the developer plans to keep this game alive and release frequent updates. If the in game advertisements bother you as much as they bothered me, it’s definitely worth the $1.99 investment to remove them.
Subway Exits is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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