Implode This review (iPod/iPhone)

March 15, 2011

“Shall we lighten the load? Let the bastards implode!”

10 word description: Physics puzzles; detonate bombs, create implosion, pull objects into vortex.

Knock the brown ones down; leave the grey ones standing.

10 word review: Familiar style; convincing physics; implosions look nice; becomes quite challenging.

You will like this if you enjoy: Explosions, physics puzzles, watching things getting sucked into a whirling vortex.

Random nuggets of information about buildings and implosions pop up in loading screens.

The good news: The convincing and hypnotic implosion physics effects really make this game. There are plenty of puzzles and the ability to create your own.

The bad news: Graphically, the structures could probably be a bit prettier. There’s a short delay when choosing to replay a level.

A bomb exploding. Yesterday.

Arcadelife verdict: I’d never suggest tarting a game up with prettier graphics just for the sake of it, but this game is playable and entertaining enough to feel somewhat let down by the very basic graphics used for the structures and the bombs. The short snippets of historical and technical information that appear while levels are loading are evidence that the game hasn’t been rushed out in an unfinished state, but I think it would seriously benefit from a bit of a graphical makeover for the component parts of the puzzles. The subtly animated backgrounds and the little birds that can get caught in implosions are good, no need to improve those. The learning curve is fairly smooth, possibly slightly relaxed on the Easy setting, but the first puzzle is already available on Medium and Hard so you don’t have to play all the Easy levels to unlock Medium if you want to jump ahead.

Overall, this is a solid, challenging physics puzzler that tries to do something different with the “knocking structures down” theme and manages to pull it off rather convincingly. 

The version of Implode This that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0

Spliket Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPod Touch 4th gen (OS 4.3)

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