Gold Grabber: Written iPhone App Review
Gold Grabber by LookAtMyGame is a physics-based puzzle game. Each level of this simple but fun game challenges players to solve a way to get all of the gold pieces to safely rest on the bottom rung without knocking any of them down below it. Gold Grabber takes a bit of time to figure out initially, but once a few levels are played, users should be able to fully enjoy the challenge of the game.
Like its name suggests, the purpose of Gold Grabber is to successfully collect all of the gold pieces in each level on the bottom rung of that level. Variously shaped blocks separate the gold pieces, and demolishing these blocks in an incorrect order will result in some of the gold pieces being knocked off. For instance, choosing to get rid of a triangular-shaped block at the wrong time could make a gold piece slide off the newly created ramp; likewise, the general laws of physics direct the rest of the reactions of the game pieces to the players’ choices in this app. Since all of the gold pieces must be safely recovered before a level can be passed, making a wrong move will require a player to completely start over. A timer keeps track of how long it takes a user to successfully complete each level, but the overall pace of Gold Grabber is still relatively relaxed.
Gold Grabber currently features 36 free levels, but many advertisements are featured within the free version of this app as well. While most of the app operated smoothly, I found there seemed to be a slight lag at the end of each level. However, since this lag didn’t actually interfere with the major features of the game, it isn’t too great of a frustration.
Appearance and Layout:
Gold Grabber’s graphics are simple but ample. No instructions are displayed for Gold Grabber, but tapping a few times on the screen is really all that is needed to help players figure out their missions in the app. While an initial instructional level would have been appreciated, not having such a level makes Gold Grabber a somewhat more streamlined game. Navigating through this app is easy; universally-recognized icons direct players to go to the main menu, the next level, or to choose to repeat a level. Again, while the graphics of Gold Grabber definitely aren’t very detailed, they are more than adequate for what is expected for an app of its type.
Gold Grabber is currently available for free, and it really is a great free app. While consumers who are interested in fast-paced games probably won’t be too thrilled with Gold Grabber, it should definitely appeal to anyone who enjoys solving simple but logical puzzles. The graphics of this app are definitely up to par, and although there seems to be a slight lag during some parts of the game, Gold Grabber is still a game worthy of its space on your chosen iOS device.
Gold Grabber iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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