Beyond Ynth in Review – A Cool Puzzler with a Steep Learning Curve
Beyond Ynth is a new puzzler by FDG Entertainment, who is no stranger to the App Store, having published titles like Across Age , Kryzer, and Parachute Panic. It is the official successor to Ynth, which was released over a year ago by krabl.com. In Beyond Ynth, you play as Kribl, a ladybug sent by the queen of Kriblonia on a quest to retrieve the diamonds scattered by the four dark spiders of the apocalypse. In order to do so, you must travel through wooden mazes, dodge obstacles and collect diamonds whenever possible.
The concept behind Beyond Ynth’s gameplay is certainly unique. It mainly consists of Kribl pushing against wooden boxes from within in order to move along. There are many hindrances that will try to squish, trap, freeze, melt, and incinerate you. There are also boxes, blocks, and acorns that you have to push out of the way so that you can reach the diamonds. It is evident that the developers spent a considerable amount of time designing these levels, as they are well thought out and the puzzles are indeed challenging. So much so that for the casual gamer, this can be an extremely difficult game. I find that I cannot play it for more than twenty minutes at a time before it becomes too frustrated to continue. Frustrating as it may be, it does have excellent replay value, with 80 levels in four different environments and two diamonds to collect within each one, this will not be completed quickly.
The graphics in Beyond Ynth are simply amazing, with wonderful textures and animations for our adorable ladybug. The game is also Retina optimized, meaning those with an iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4 will enjoy its gorgeous visuals even more. If you want a game that really shows off your device’s Retina screen, this is the one to get.
The original music is extremely well done, with a variety of tracks specialized for all of the different environments. Once you start playing the game, it becomes apparent that FDG Entertainment produced these catchy tracks in a studio. The sound effects are also very cool, especially the sound of Kribl’s feet hitting the wooden planks as he scurries along.
One grievance that I do have with Beyond Ynth is its controls. There are four buttons: one to move left, one for right, one for jumping left, and one for jumping right. Now, this is not a huge deal, but these controls are rather unintuitive for me. For players accustomed to the typical d-pad and jump/action buttons, they can take some getting adjusted to. A control scheme more like the one used in :Shift: would have done much more nicely for this game.
Overall, Beyond Ynth is very well done, with awesome graphics and sound. However, overly challenging gameplay and imperfect controls may scare off more casual gamers or even seasoned veterans just not used to this type of game. That said, this unique adventure/puzzler is still an easy recommendation.
|Title:||Beyond Ynth||Developer:||FDG Mobile Games GbR|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0||Min OS Req:||3.1|
|Price:||$3.99||App Size:||78.9 MB|
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