Astroslugs is a strange little puzzle game
that I recently found out about. In fact I am writing this review by
accident. See I got the press release about Astroslugs along with some
other games. I replied but I thought I was replying to Paul. Next thing
I know I have a code to review it. Let that be a lesson to everyone out
there be sure you know who you are replying to. Otherwise you may be
adding to your work load.
I say that tongue in cheek because Astroslugs is not a chore at all. In fact I enjoyed my time playing this app on the iPad. (editor: it is also on the iPhone and iPod Touch). Astroslugs includes some wonderful colors. The eggs start out gray. You know what? I don't know exactly what they are but the look like eggs to me. Back to what I was saying - they start out gray. As I drew the shapes I needed to create they would turn colors. Then the screen really lights up. I loved how they came alive once they were connected.
Astroslugs has an ambiance about it. The sounds relaxed and soothed me while I tried to find the right solution for each and every single puzzle. Completing a level made me smile, and the sounds celebrated with me. This can be such a little thing, but it can really carry a game a long ways. I found no offensive sounds while playing Astroslugs on the iPad.
Astroslugs is currently selling on the iPad for $1.99, and $0.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch. There are sixty-five levels, and the game will assist with a solution when the player is stuck. My main concern is a lot of families can burn through this amount of content in a few days. The other problem is Astroslugs is pretty easy. Don't get me wrong, I like easy games. But after beating it there is little reason to replay it.
How players draw shapes in Astroslugs is very easy to pick up. The game is kind enough to explain it at the beginning and when new complex shapes are added. I had a lot of fun playing Astroslugs. I looked for patterns on the boards while I was filling it up with the needed shapes. If you make a mistake it is easy to reset the board or even backtrack on any previously created shape.
Astroslugs is a game that activates the synapses in the brain. It says solve me. Families can learn how to look at a problem from a different angle. This game can relax. Which many Americans need after a long day at the office. I would like to see more games like this in the future. I would not be surprised if Astroslugs gets additional planets in the future.
Family Friendly Factor: 89%
Publisher: Bit Barons GmbH
ESRB Rating: '4+' - 4+
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