Sway is a puzzle game by Illusion Labs. $4.99
From the developers who brought us Touchgrind, we have again another excellent and original creation. Just recently there have been a few apps like this that are pushing what the iDevice can do as a gaming system. This game has the same basic principal as Touchgrind, with the controls being easy to understand, but hours to master and this is the case with Sway. Recently the game was updated to version 1.1 which provided players with 10 more levels and 3 more characters to play with. This bumps the total up to 25 levels and 10 characters to play with. This was a welcome sign as many people complained the game was too short for its $4.99 price tag, but now it is not the case. I have spent many hours on this addicting puzzle game, and still haven't mastered the way of the Sway.
This game is graphically beautiful. I have to commend them on the detail and design of the different characters. There is no way to describe how real they look. The different levels designs also have this feel to them and really look 3D. This is a top notch effort that really shows how well a game can look when enough work has gone into it. Absolutely love the graphics to bits. The controls in this game as said before are one of a kind. They surprised me a bit how they work, but after thinking about it for a bit I decided it was better than my method. Basically the way it works is that you must touch and hold on the right side of the screen to hang onto your surroundings with your right hand, and the same for the left. Then to move yourself you must swing yourself with the same finger on the screen by moving your finger in the desired direction(s) depending on how far you want to go. To start off with I tried tilting my device but that didn't work. An uncontrollable method of moving is to move your finger is a circular motion and just let go and hope.
This game has two great soundtracks that is uses. One of these is used on the menu screens and has a great beat and tempo to it. Another soundtrack is used for all the levels and is also great to listen to. I was disappointed however that the same soundtrack was used for all of the different areas such as the desert and the jungle. Some sound effects are used such as a scream when falling and are funny to listen to. All round a good performance.
This game obviously has a very unique gameplay. The storyline behind the game is that the wizard accidently blew up the world of Sway and your friends were scattered all over the world. You must help Lizzie rescue all your friends and when you do they can be used to Sway also. Each level terrain, such as the desert or jungle, starts off with a really easy level but gradually gets harder as you progress. The aim of each level is to complete it in a certain time and collect so many stars to get a rank of Gold, Silver, Bronze or a lollipop. There is no punishment for not completing it in a certain time as you still progress, but it provides a great incentive to replay levels. For levels where you must save friends you have to Sway around and also find three keys that when found and the level finished, unlocks that certain character. This game is very fun and the challenge provided for those who want to take up the challenge is great, but for those learning the ropes of Swaying they can just complete the game and feel the success of unlocking all the characters. The gameplay has been well thought out to keep it to one difficulty level and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sway is amazingly addicting game that is near perfect on all levels. The game has a huge replay factor as on my first time finishing the game I only got gold on two of the 25 levels, so I feel the need to master other levels. The only small thing I would like to see fixed is that if you spin around in a circle really quickly before letting go, you can actually fly through walls and in my eyes is an annoying glitch, especially when I wish to be stopped by the wall. Addicting gameplay, gorgeous graphics and a super soundtrack will keep you Swaying for hours. This isn't one to miss out on.
I would recommend this game if you enjoyed- Rasta Monkey
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