Smoody [rating: 4.5/5]
A species has found itself spread out throughout space and Earth and are trying to reunite and it’s your job to help them. Smoody for iPhone is an awesome game that challenges you to find creative methods of getting your character through a series of obstacles to a black hole. Various actions like tapping, sliding or releasing help you find ways to get them back together. It tests your creativity and quick wits early and often, let’s see if you make the cut.
Smoody offers many different tasks and often several different ways of completing them. You begin by making cuts with your finger (aka chainsaw) on strings and boards and allow gravity to do the rest and take smoody to the black hole. Sounds easy enough right? Well it isn’t always that simple. Getting the highest score is the goal and to do that you have to use as few cuts as possible. This is where it gets interesting, each performance is rated by stars from one to three. Fewer the cuts the more the stars and when you are looking at your level screen, who doesn’t want to see all maps with 3 stars? This makes even the easy maps a little more interesting and keeps the gameplay competitive.
The game often tasks you with picking just the right timing to release you smoody to go through a slew of obstacles such as swinging boulders, boards and rocks. Stationary objects can also present obstacles as you may have to cut to release them to help the game character reach its goal. It is always important to pay attention to your environment because overlooking the smallest thing may stop your smoody cold in its tracks.
The maps are generally short but can take several attempts to get 3 stars. This keeps the game from getting stale and provides you with new looks and challenges around every bend. There are also 4 environments that present you with 80 levels which is an awesome amount, especially since I had a hard time putting this game down. The different environments help with changing up the background and level design so it doesn’t feel like you are continuously doing the same thing over and over.
Smoody does a great job of changing the pace with new types of obstacles. Items like magnets, rolling boulders and swinging boulders change the way you attack maps from the early stages in the game. Learning to adapt to the changes in the environment is key to getting a high score so pay attention.
The visual part of this game is great. The characters are funny little guys and they change throughout the course of the maps. The environments are fairly simple but have a nice clean appearance and clearly show themselves for what they are. It is easy to see if something can be cut through or not. I never had a problem with this game bogging down at any time and it always played very smooth. Overall the appearance and presentation of this game comes second only to the amazing gameplay.
The audio of this game carries a single tune but is there just as a buffer to the sound effects of the game. I found myself paying more attention to the sound effects than the music. The music however was very fitting tune that went well with the game.
This game never got old to me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I should also mention that it supports OpenFeint social gaming network so you can brag to your friends about your high scores and compare them. I find this to be a value adding feature that I have come to love about games that support it. The presentation and gameplay make a stunning combo and make this game very addictive. It is certainly worth every penny.
- 80 Maps
- Steadily changing gameplay
- Single music track
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Mar 08, 2011
Size: 9.5 MB
Seller: Federico Kalayjian
© 2011 Federico Kalayjian
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later