Sand Slides for iPhone Initial enjoyment soon ends due to lack of variety

Sand Slides iPhone 4

Sand Slides Rating: ★★½☆☆

Sand Slides iPhone 4Sand Slides is a new puzzle game for both the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad where your task is to direct falling streams of sand into there corresponding colored buckets.

At first look the game looks good, however when you realize that there is just a single background and no variety in the color of the sand it’s a little disappointing.

Controlling the direction of the sand as it falls is done by drawing lines down the screen for it to slide down. The trick is though is you can only use three lines at a time and the sand just keeps on falling.

Unlike most puzzle games there are no levels to complete, instead the task is to last as long as you can. Survival is based on minimizing the number of sand granules that fall into the wrong colored containers. On the easy level you have 30,000 grains of sand to lose before the game is over while on the medium and hard levels there are 20,000 and 10,000 grains respectively.

To begin with you can simply draw lines direct from the chutes to the containers below. However, as you progress and the sand starts falling quicker you will need to draw containers to capture the sand before releasing when all is clear.

Sand SlidesGetting two different colors of sand to land in the containers at the same time will earn you multipliers to boost you score but mix the sand up and you grain loss counter will start decreasing fast.

The game is also Game Center enabled with over 70 achievements which certainly offers extra value but there’s no online multi-player or leader boards.

The game is pretty much the same on both the iPhone and the iPad but I found that the iPad version is poorly ported, to the point where turning the iPad horizontally shrinks the game back down to the size of the iPhone.

To me the game feels like it’s still in beta mode with too many rough edges to earn much interest. The premise is a good one, just needs more polish to be a success.

Pros

  • Great premise
  • Single purchase iPhone/iPad App

Cons

  • Poorly implemented iPad version
  • Too rough around the edges
  • Limited graphical variety

$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Category: Entertainment
Released:Sep 29, 2010
Version:1.0
1.0
16.0 MB
Language:English
Seller:Paul Carter
© 2010 Logik State
Rated 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later

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