TouchMyApps » Ben http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.9 Mouse House in Review: Push in the Right Direction http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/29/mouse-house-in-review-push-in-the-right-direction/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/29/mouse-house-in-review-push-in-the-right-direction/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2008 03:13:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2890 The portable puzzler scene has a fun new addition thanks to Plaid World Studios and their new release of Mouse House for the low price of one dollar. Puzzle addicts can rejoice as this game certainly has its moments where it pokes and prods at your brain as you try to reach the solution. In … Read more]]>

mousehouse1The portable puzzler scene has a fun new addition thanks to Plaid World Studios and their new release of Mouse House for the low price of one dollar. Puzzle addicts can rejoice as this game certainly has its moments where it pokes and prods at your brain as you try to reach the solution. In this adorable game, you play as a miniscule mouse out to collect pieces of cheese in order to advance to the next level.

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However, this game would hardly challenge you and ultimately fail as a puzzler if it didn’t throw everything at its disposal to get in your way. Luckily, this devious house manages to challenge as it has a few tricks up its sleeve in the form of balls, cracked floors, conveyor belts, rats and bees designed to cripple the mouse in his quest for dairy glory. Balls are essentially blocks that can be moved around akin to a Zelda puzzle, whereas cracked floors can only be walked over once leaving you to think about the path you take to get to the cheese. Rats and bees are enemies will knock the mouse unconscious through contact or shooting stingers respectively leaving you to restart the level and try again. Combine all four of these elements and you’ll be left to really think and plan ahead in order to advance.

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Some of the levels can really be devious in the way that the elements are combined in order to throw the little rodent hero off. As an example bees and conveyor belts are used in tandem to create a deathtrap, and as a result you’ll have to find your own way around it to get to the goal. You’ll see little bits of creativity with simple elements strewn about the levels that will entice you to continue onto the next stage just to see the new ways that you’ll be obstructed. However, given the somewhat finicky controls it may result in some frustration due to a misstep causing you to move into your doom or force you to retry the level.

Mouse House is certainly a good benchmark in what a puzzler should be like on the iPhone/iPod Touch venue with appealing graphics and creative puzzles, but the controls mar the experience somewhat. Looking past that however, one measly dollar is an excellent price for something that will tease and squeeze your brain for all its worth.

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App Summary
Title: Mouse House Developer: Plaid World Studios
Price: $0.99 App Size: 3.1 mb
  • Adorable graphics
  • Tricky puzzles to keep you busy
  • Fun and Challenging
  • Controls not very intuitive
  • Fairly short game
  • Not much in terms of Replay value
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Topple in Review – A Stacking Game with Style http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/26/topple-in-review-a-stacking-game-with-style/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/26/topple-in-review-a-stacking-game-with-style/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2008 05:21:20 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2742 Ngmoco, the company of Dr. Awesome and Rolando fame has just recently made one of their older titles free: Topple. This deceptively simple game has you stacking blocks in order to reach a given vertical goal. However the game’s difficulty ramps up in the form of more unusual shapes to stack that break the conventional … Read more]]>

Ngmoco, the company of Dr. Awesome and Rolando fame has just recently made one of their older titles free: Topple. This deceptively simple game has you stacking blocks in order to reach a given vertical goal. However the game’s difficulty ramps up in the form of more unusual shapes to stack that break the conventional variations of a square block and a more distorted foundation in which to start placing pieces upon. The resultant product is a highly addictive game which uses its whimsical charms to lure you in and its surprisingly deep gameplay to keep you coming back for more.

The presentation in Topple is excellent with an art style that is reminiscent of Cartoon Network’s “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends”. The aesthetic presented in the game comes to life within the blocks, backgrounds and music as you play the game. Blocks will grimace and express delight as they wobble and teeter on the playing field and as a result you can’t help but feel empathetic towards the tower you’ve made. Backgrounds reinforce the cartoon image having you build against backdrops of surrealistic places such as a winding cityscape or a deep forest. To complement this given art direction of the game, GroovyAudio has provided orchestral music that gives a lighter feel to the game and accents the personality already found within the game.

However Topple certainly has some substance to back up its good looks as you’ll have to use strategy to rise higher later within the game. Although the outset of the game is simple, in the levels later on within the game you may find yourself having to use the tilt system in order to compensate for your increasingly unstable structure as shown above. Creativity will also have to become a staple as you’ll have to find new and innovative ways to make your heart stop with blocks as your tower’s structural integrity is compromised just to gain those few extra feet.

Although Topple is an extremely solid game, it’s not without its few small flaws that detract from the experience. One flaw that rears its head can be found as you progress in building your tower higher, as blocks that are below or close to being cut out of view are frozen in place. As a result playing pieces that are below your current point of view cannot be affected by anything at all even with deliberate movement of the pieces. This ends up detracting from the possible larger scope of the game and removes the tension of building such a large structure.  The game is once again restricted but on a competitive level this time, as no online scoreboards are present to compare the height of your tower built in free mode against everyone else’s.

Don’t let these two flaws scare you away from downloading this game with its now non-existent price tag. Topple is an excellent distraction that will draw you away from real life and into the wonderful world of unstable architecture.

App Summary
Title: Topple Developer: ngmoco
Price: Free (for limited time) App Size: 9.5 mb
  • Unique art style
  • Solid and Strategic gameplay
  • Excellent presentation
  • Scope is limited due to freezing blocks
  • No online scoreboard

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