Alone for iPhone: A Game To Fall Head Over Heels With

Alone Rating: ★★★½☆

Back in the day one of my favorite game developers were a company called Ocean, they produced some of my favorite games including Cool WorldWizball and the classic worms, however my favorite was an isometric platformer name Head-Over-Heels and to be honest I thought I’d seen the end of them. That was until I fired up Alone from new App Store game developers ITL Business Ltd.

Your task is to make you way through a city after it’s suffered a chemical warfare attack. This is done my completing your way though a variety of ‘rooms’ that hold a range of puzzles and traps on your way to finding a vaccine for the chemical. Each level has a different set of objectives that you’ll need to complete to clear the level.

The game starts with a short tutorial which despite the bad English gives you the decent overview of the controls which consist of a virtual d-pad and two action buttons in the bottom left and right corner respectively. The screen is also kept uncluttered by accessing the menu’s by touching the screen with three fingers rather than having a menu button on the screen.

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The tutorial takes you through the main takes that you’ll need to complete throughout the game, jumping over and on blocks, using weapons, movement, pulling switches for example. It’s all pretty straight forward but as you can imagine as you move through the levels the combinations of all these items get more complicated and trickier to complete.

The graphics are pretty retro just like the game style but that’s not necessarily a bad thing esp. for those who are playing the game for the retro feel. The rooms are all tiled which makes the alignment of your character and the various challenges pretty easy and the biggest challenge is getting the timing right. The puzzles are very unforgiving and a mis-timed jump will take you to a quick death.

Death is not such a bad thing though, you will simply be put outside the room again and all the puzzles reset for you to try again, and some of the rooms will certainly take a few attempts to complete. The difficulty curve is relatively steep although even if you haven’t played this style of game it shouldn’t take you too long to at least know what you need to do in each of the levels even if it takes you a complete them.

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There are 8 levels in total and while it will take you while to complete all of them once you have there will be limited replay value. At just 99 cents though Alone will either take you back to a time where everything was perfect or for the younger players back to a time where games were a little simpler but still fun to play.

The Good

  • Additional downloadable levels
  • Classic isometric platformer

The Not So Good

  • Poor english translation
  • Similar challenges throughout
  • Minimal replay value

Reviewed By: Craig Willis

Alone: isometric platformer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated Mar 03, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
1.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 4.1 MB
Languages: English
Seller: ITL Business Ltd
© 2010 ITL Business Ltd
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

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  • http://twitter.com/itlgames ITL Games

    Hi, quick post to announce last level 10 has an online map:

    http://www.itlgames.com/support/img/map_level_1

    Thanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/itlgames ITL Games

    Version 1.2 is out there now, new art-work and translations improved.

  • itlgames

    Hi, I'm the developer of this game, first, thanks for the review!

    I apologize for the bad English, I had it reviewed for someone else as English is not my first language, but obviously I missed a lot! I will correct that on next update (1.2)

    Also just to announce I have two new levels nearly ready, they will be bigger, last one with 38 rooms, that will keep people entertained for a while I hope!

    And I will be adding online leaderboards, all level times you have already played are stored internally, so as soon as I have this ready, people will be able to share them. Maybe could give people some opportunity to replay some levels!

    Thanks guys for your review.