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Carlosz
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iPhone Game Review: Fling!
      #33953 - 08/09/09 09:27 PM

iPhone Game Review: Fling!

Fling! is one of those puzzles that is not only polished but also full featured, I mean, it supports iPOD music, it can properly resume, 10,000 puzzles to play with, game modes, local and online high score, statistics and a professional interface.

It is a top-notch game in all aspects. If you like the puzzle style proposed by Fling! then it is a must buy for you. By the way, the video below clearly shows the gameplay itself.

Gameplay

The goal is simple. You have to let only one furball on the board (like in a peg game).

The controls are easy. Move a furball against another one to make it go away from the board (like in a pool game).





To help you out there are the really useful Undo (bottom left) and the Hint button (bottom right).

One of the greatest thing around this simple gameplay is the three game modes (Arcade, Free Play and Challenge) that have, each one, three difficulty levels (easy, medium and hard).

As soon as you start the game the Challenge mode is selected by default (which is not as clear as one might want). In this mode you race against time to solve a set of puzzles. Your best time is recorded so you can always try to beat it.

Free Play as the name suggests is a relaxing mode. Statistics are recorded.

Finally, in Arcade mode you have to solve as much puzzles as possible in a given time. Here you have Local and Online high score.

All those modes increases the game replay value making this puzzle very captivating and brings an option to almost every kind of puzzlers out there.






Graphics

It is wonderful to see how a simple puzzle concept has such a great amount of details.

First there is a wooden and elegant interface that delivers a professional touch to the game that can catch a lot of attention by itself.

Along with that, the game has a character, the Flurball. They come in different colors and they can blink. However, I would love to see different expressions and some interaction e.g. when you make a really bad move.

The green board with a fabric style matches perfectly the overall design.


Sound

Sounds effects are subtle and the game has a good background music that fits very well with the game theme.

In addition, the game properly supports iPOD music while keeping game sounds.




Pros

Polished graphics and interface
3 game modes and 3 difficulty levels
Subtle sounds and background music
iPOD music along with game sounds
It can properly resume
Undo is more than welcomed
Online high score

Cons

The default game mode is not clear at the beginning
High score and statistics are kind of hidden within their game modes
Few details about each game mode

Conclusion

This is a simple puzzle concept delivered in a very well designed interface. With different game modes and difficulty levels it will please almost every type of puzzle gamers.

Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics: -4- more flurball animations would be great
Sound: -5- subtle with iPOD support
Controls: -5- undo and hint are perfect
Gameplay: -4- simple and challenging along the levels

Playing Hints and Tips:

Go to Main Menu to check more about each game mode
Free Play mode has statistics and history
Challenge mode has best time tracked
Arcade mode has online high score

Game Facts:
Developer: CandyCane
Release Date: Aug 8, 2009
Genre: Puzzle
Price: $1.99
Size: 8.8 MB
Buy Game: iTunes App Store

Edited by Carlosz (08/09/09 09:29 PM)


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LordGek
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Re: iPhone Game Review: Fling! [Re: Carlosz]
      #33958 - 08/10/09 02:08 PM

Looks interesting.

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