Collision Effect review (Universal)

April 2, 2011

“Collision, my mission, Head on, head on, head on”

10 word description: Cosmic puzzler; collide same coloured orbs; puzzle and action modes.

Puzzle level select (iPad screen)

10 word review: Beautiful, trippy, addictive experience. Two very different game modes. Cosmic! 

Action mode on a 3rd gen iPod. Still looks good, but Retina display is fantastic.

You will like this if you enjoy: Simple yet compex puzzle games, Love Battle Princess (without the princesses), geoSpark, ambient music, trippy particle effects, incredibly good games, fantastic Retina/iPad graphics.

In puzzle mode, the orbs go to their starting positions, then wait for you to start triggering their movement.

The good news: Brilliant “simple yet complex” concept; fabulous visuals, particualrly on Retina & iPad; perfect game for touch screens; great ambient soundtrack; extensive and challenging puzzle mode; hectic, pure fun action mode; great high-score challenge online in action mode. 

Tapping one orb causes all orbs of the same colour to move towards the tapped one. If an orb collides with a different coloured orb, this happens...

The bad news: If (note, if) there was only puzzle mode and if (note if again) the hint button didn’t appear after 10 failed attempts, this might (note might) be a bit too difficult and limited for some (note some) players. So, yeah, not really any bad points that I can think of.

If you fail (I didn't, for once), the trails remain on screen for a while, so you can see what you did on your previous attempt. Nice touch.

Arcadelife verdict: Collision Effect is a great game that anyone should enjoy. Even if you absolutely can’t stand any type of puzzle game, you can still get this game and just play action mode. Conversely, if you can’t handle hectic action games, get Collision Effect and concentrate on puzzle mode. The two modes really are that different. Personally, I played up to level 14 in puzzle mode, enjoyed it, but once I started getting into action mode I didn’t go back to the puzzles because I absolutely love action mode.  

My preferred game mode. It isn't called "action" mode by mistake.

It's just as smooth and hectic on a 3rd gen touch ... but not quite as visually stunning.

The sounds, music, effects, menus… everything has been polished and combined into a really excellent package. In-game, it has Crystal online achievements being displayed, but there is also Game Center support for leaderboards and 53 achievements if you’re particularly concerned about that.

I know, I need to work on my score.

Overall, for what it is and how it does it, this game is quite stunning and should be on your i-device if you have any interest at all in gaming.  

Arcadelife rating: 95/100

The version of Collision Effect that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.1.1

iTunes link

Chillingo website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
3rd gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.1)
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.1)
iPad (OS 4.3.1)

One comment

  1. Agreed, it’s superb. Looks great on the ipad!

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