Is that a mutated eggplant?

Review of Astroslugs HD
Developer: Bit Barons
Price(15/9/2011): $1.99
Author’s Rating: 7

This game is good for: Winding down after a long day at work

We all know that's actually an eggplant..

 

This week’s iPad game of the week: Astroslugs, is one of those grid-based puzzle games that you end up spending hours on, without any clue why you have. Your task is to fit shapes, created by joining dots onto asteroid like rocks, until all the spaces are covered. Sounds easy? It’s not – There’s a pre-set number of “shapes” that you can draw out with your finger, so be prepared to be scratching your head when things don’t line up right.

Non-frustrating puzzle fun. A rarity these days.

As you progress through the 65 levels on offer, you will notice that the game was designed with a good mix of difficulty levels. Some puzzles can be sorted with just 1 look, while others got me slightly fairly frustrated. But that’s the fun of it! Astroslugs is one of those games where you refuse to let it’s cute appearances get the better of your (lack of) geometric skills.  But worry not, as expected, there’s a hint option available if you should find yourself stuck.

65 Levels will keep you entertained

That being said, Astroslugs probably wasn’t made to trip out your brain into throwing your ipad out the window. There seems to be a calming, zen like quality to playing: I ended up in a very relaxed state of mind, slumped on my couch, playing it for about a few hours. A nice alternative to being constantly on edge playing one of the many action games currently showing up in the itunes store.  And the ambient’ish sound track (which I like) probably helps with that.

Hints are available to help you unstuck yourself.

In summary, Astroslugs is a polished development. Although the gameplay is simplistic, it is accessible enough for most people, and the graphics are delightful, though not necessarily the focus of things. At $1.99, it’s a good buy if you want something to chill out with but not fall asleep to. For people who enjoy sudoku or games like bejeweled, this is a definite recommendation.

Review by Gnoke Red

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