OddPlanet: Written iPhone App Review
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It’s no secret around the house here that we absolutely adore indie games for the Xbox 360. Sadly, it’s not something we get to discuss much here at the iPhone App Review, for what should be obvious reasons. But today we finally get to crack that nut and dive head deep into the endlessly indie-inspired and wholly awesome OddPlanet, from Piotr Krol, for iPhone and iPad. The game brings us a wonderfully complex, vivid, and horrifying look at an alternate world, complete with rich (though ambiguous) story lines and incredible graphics. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break! Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind OddPlanet should look very familiar to anyone who has ever played the game Limbo. We’ll be drawing comparisons between the two titles often here, but it’s worth nothing that despite OddPlanet’s similar appearance, it is an entirely different game. They do, though, share a similar story: A small child is abandoned on one creepy (No, really) planet which must be explored, poked at, or otherwise discovered to be conquered.
To do this, you’ll need to guide your protagonist around the darkly lit environments, avoiding spikes and other deadly traps. You’ll also need to interact with the game’s elements themselves. This means pushing logs, pulling on vines, climbing trees, warding off gigantic creatures, etc. All in all, it’s an entirely immersive experience, and when you’ve got art this good, you’ll hardly be complaining. Along the way you’ll slowly decipher more and more about the plot’s setting, as well as what it means for your character to be there. It’s wildly engaging, and if it doesn’t scare the crap out of you at least once, we’re pretty sure you’re not human.
Design and Artwork
Here’s where things get really fun with OddPlanet. You see, the app is perhaps one of the best looking titles we have ever seen on the iPhone and iPad. It stunningly supports the same parallax design as its predecessor, though with notable additions and changes. The art style is unique, though obviously an homage. If you’re like us, you’ll routinely find yourself in awe at the sheer grandeur of the environments behind you. Or, you’ll miss out on the stupid obvious solution to a puzzle because you just don’t want to mess up the layout of things. What we’re trying to say here is that OddPlanet is incredibly gorgeous, and if you can, play it on the iPad or iPhone 5’s Retina screen. You won’t be disappointed.
At the end of the day, OddPlanet is an absolutely incredible bargain. It’ll only cost you a buck, which means it’ll provide you with hours of entertainment for hardly an hour’s worth of work. With that in mind, OddPlanet is an easy recommendation, especially for fans of Limbo. The gameplay is great, the artwork is better, and the experience is every bit as good as the sum of its parts. The developer also has a video trailer here.
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OddPlanet requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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