I’ve said it a thousand times and I’ll probably say it at least a thousand times again. I love puzzle games. I spend a lot of time in transit on buses, trains, etc. and puzzle games are perfect time-killers. Recently I was able to get my hands on Slideshot 2, a great sequel title from developers mschomerus. Read on to see how the puzzle pieces fit.
The main point of Slideshot 2 is to get a ball from one spot to another by strategically moving pieces of pipe around a game board. Now typically “pipe” games involve simple rotation. In Slideshot 2, you have to physically move the pipes to the right spot. To add to the challenge, the pieces can only move one way up/down or left/right. I thought that twist was just amazing. Ive played so many “get item from a to b” type puzzle games over the years but this was a first for me and I loved it.
Visually, the game is a little simplistic. The styling up top and the game pieces look pretty nice but there is a lot of blank space in the board area that some people might interpret as dull or bland. However if you factor in that as the game progresses there are going to be more pieces than blank space then you’ll realise it’s a smart move.
The challenge lies in sliding pieces into the right spot. There are tonnes of ways to position all your pieces but only one that makes use of everything and gets that ball to the right spot. Another way the developers absolutely blew me away is with the staggering number of levels. There are 60 levels ranging from easy to very hard for you to take on. With some games releasing as few as 5-10 levels to the game, these dev’s went above and beyond. 60 levels can keep you playing for a loooooong time.
Another spot where yet again they excelled is the menu. If needed they have a great help menu. If you don’t want to wait until you beat the whole game to get to the hardest levels you can turn “all access” on and it allows you to play any level. They also have this great feature called “guest” that allows a random person to enjoy Slideshot 2 on your device without affecting your own game. I thought that was brilliant. More developers need to take their cue from this. I’ve lost count how many games i’ve had screwed up by someone wanting to try it out.
So when it’s all said and done I really was quite impressed with this game. It’s a simple setup that can and does get really challenging and addictive at the same time. Fans of puzzlers would be crazy to pass this title up.
|Title:||Slideshot 2||Developer:||Marc Schomerus|
|Reviewed Ver:||2.0||Min OS Req:||3.0|
|Price:||$1.99||App Size:||11.0 MB|