Big Sliding: Written and Video iPhone Game Review
The oceans of the world are filled with many dangerous things. Imagine being a stingray and surfing through the water at amazing speeds. Suddenly a wild triangle appears in front of you! There are two options. First, you can hit the wild triangle and lose a life (stingrays are like cats, you know), or you can fire a projectile at the wild triangle to push it out of the way. The choice, of course, is yours.
Concept and Gameplay:
Big Sliding is definitely an interesting concept for a game. Though it sounds simple, it took me awhile to figure out how to play it. There are three modes: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. In Beginner mode, your stingray only fires one projectile at targets. Advanced modes allow you to fire more projectiles at once. Be careful, though, because firing projectiles takes points away from your final score.
The whole goal of Big Sliding is to use your projectiles to push obstacles out of your path, keeping you safe from harm. As your stingray travels through the dangerous waters of the ocean, you’ll accumulate points and earn bonus lives depending on your score. Lastly, you start with 5 lives no matter which difficulty level you choose.
Big Sliding, though it’s a relatively fun game to play once you understand it, is definitely still in its infant stage. It was way too easy to become frustrated at the game while trying to learn how to play it. The graphics are also very rigid and busy, making it hard to concentrate on the game for a long period without straining your eyes. For me, it seems like there are way too many things going on at once in the game.
Big Sliding has a few features which help to make the game more enjoyable. Three different difficulty modes definitely help to make the game easier for beginners. Also, I fell in love with the background music for some reason. Lastly, Big Sliding is Game Center compatible.
There are a couple features I’d like to see in future updates of Big Sliding. First, the ability to pause an active game would be extremely useful. There’s nothing more disheartening than being forced to end a game when you’re having an amazing run just because you need to put your phone down and focus on something else.
The second feature I’d like to suggest is the addition of game instructions somewhere within the app. I’m sure this would drastically reduce the time it’d take to learn how to play Big Sliding, plus it would save players a ton of unnecessary frustration.
Big Sliding can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. Though it’s still a decent game, I’d advise waiting until the next update to see if the developers will add new features. However, if you’re not fazed by the little things and you’re looking for a new timewaster game, Big Sliding is worth taking a look at.
Big Sliding is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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