A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The controls are simple -- just tap the virtual buttons on screen to move left and right and the jump button to leap. Plus, you have limitless lives. However, the unusual gravity-bending shenanigans can throw the player for a loop.
Violence & Scariness
The action is very mild; about on par with a Mario game. Our little hero can jump on cartoony creatures to make them disappear. Words like “punch” and “pow” appear above their heads. If he comes into contact with the spiky bits of one of his enemies he’ll say “ow!” and jump back. When all of the player’s hearts are depleted the protagonist disappears in a puff of smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soosiz HD is a chipper platformer with no dodgy content. The worst kids will see is a colourful, ball-shaped creature disappearing in a puff of smoke when poked by a spike. However, its twisty gravity-based play could prove frustrating for younger players who have yet to master more traditional platformers. This is a review of the version for the iPad, but there is also a version for the iPhone and the iPod Touch called Soosiz.
Is It Any Good?
It takes cues from such popular platformers as Super Mario Galaxy and LocoRoco, but SOOSIZ HD still manages to have a feeling all its own. Players take control of a small blob who meanders around small platforms, spheres, and other objects, each of which has its own gravitational pull. You can quickly walk all the way around small planetoids, the screen spinning to keep proper orientation, and if an object above you is near enough you can jump up and get sucked onto it.
The gravity-shifting high-jinks creates some very dizzying moments, and can, at times, make progress surprisingly challenging -- especially for younger gamers. But the overall experience is undeniably fresh and fun. It will take a long time to work through the game’s 66 levels, and there are plenty of extra objectives -- scoring gold badges on all levels, collecting all the coins on the blue coin levels, etc -- for those who just can’t get enough. Finding better entertainment value for $2 won’t be easy. You can even try the free "lite" version to see if you like it.
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