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iSquares! review (iPod/iPhone)

September 21, 2011

“I wonder why I love you baby, I guess it’s just because
You’re so square, baby I don’t care”

10 word description: Dodging game. Drag black square, avoid red squares. Game Center.

10 word review: Simple yet addictive. The most basic graphics imaginable. Power-ups…

Stay out of the red and in the black

You will like this if you enjoy: Extremely simple games. Casual games where each attempt lasts less than a minute.

I've just picked up a mini square power-up. Above is a red circle. Scary stuff

The good news: It’s fairly addictive. Performance is good – if it wasn’t, there would be no valid excuse. Power-ups save it as they introduce much needed variety to the basic dodging. It’s encouraging that you can have both a black (positive) and a red (negative) power-up / power-down active at the same time.

My valiant black square is currently under the evil influence of a cruel red power-down

The bad news: It’s a game where you move a black square around, dodging red squares and colliding with other black squares. Power-ups occasionally appear as black or red circles. And that’s it. No different modes, no permanent upgrades, nothing to unlock, just that basic game. Over and over again.

Ha ha ha... bring it on, you red wusses

Arcadelife verdict: Would it be fair, or relevant, to compare this with Infinity Blade? Or Space Miner? Not really, which is why I hardly ever compare iOS games in these reviews. It is what it it is and, for a few minutes, it’s fairly entertaining. And then you move on. If Doodlejump was still the pinnacle of iPhone gaming (was it ever?), then this game would deserve a shot at the title. However, I’ve seen and played far worse and far less interesting iPhone games than this and so, probably, have you.

It's all a bit formal, like an office memo notifying you of some dismal nobody's appointment as your new manager

Arcadelife rating: 60/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

iSquares! website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
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