The Package in Review – Those FedEx guys have all the fun…

Whenever I sent anything via post, be it express via DHL or FedEx, or regular state post one thing I always worry about is the safety of my package. Just think about the complexity of moving and sorting hundreds and thousands of boxes. Well, there’s no need to ponder now! Thanks to Rock Pocket and their latest puzzler The Package, you can finally see for yourself just how the filthy companies really manage the transport of your precious cargo.

The Package is a gadget-based puzzler, inspired in many ways by the classic The Incredible Machine. There isn’t any plot to speak of except for the obvious task of moving the package safely from one end of the level to the other. All that across 20 levels in various environments, from the good ol’ warehouse to an Egyptian set up, and even neon-lighted space-age rooms.

As already noted, The Package essentially boils down to moving a box to the finishline. With such a simple underlying mechanic, the means to do so become crucial. In this respect the game has quite a variety of gizmos – called widgets for some strange reason – to offer. Gamers will encounter some of the more common variety, like moving platforms and fans to quite exotic devices, like the glove-in-a-box or the sledgehammer. Some levels even require the proverbial Big Bang in the form of timed explosive charges.

The package has only 20 levels, which is not an overwhelming amount for a puzzle game. What it lacks in quantity it makes up for in difficulty. Apart from the first few levels most are devilishly difficult up to a point of being frustrating. Factor in that performance is assessed on the time spent arranging the widgets and the extra golden packages acquired in the level (which add an additional layer of difficulty obtaining) and you get one heavy exercise for the brain. So much so that the developers had to put in a complete walkthrough on Youtube for all levels and promise to add a hint & tips system in the next update.

The other important aspect of any puzzler with such simple underlying mechanics is presentation. And The Package stands out in this respect far above the crowd. Using the full power of the Unity engine the game offers beautiful environments and believable physics. And if you’re the lucky owner of a 3rd or 4th generation iDevice, the quality of the lighting effects is simply stunning.

The Package is a beautiful and well-designed puzzler that has everything in it to deliver hours upon hours of enjoyment to the patient gamer. At the same time patience IS essential since the difficulty curve is very steep and I myself, despite years of puzzle-solving across all platforms, had to resort to the walkthroughs more than a comfortable amount of times. This is not a game that I would recommend to the casual gamer, but for those who know what they’re getting in to are sure to get the most of this graphically stunning and deviously complex puzzler.

With this I declare The Package officially touched!

App Summary
Title: The Package Developer: Rock Pocket Limited
Reviewed Ver: 1.04 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: 35.1 MB
  • Stunning graphics
  • Nice array of gizmos
  • Difficult to the point of being frustrating
  • Only 20 levels


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