A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Completing levels as quickly as possible, with as few deaths as possible, the only positive message.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
When the goo ball falls off a ledge, it merely separates into pieces, and players immediately respawn. No limit to player lives.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grapple is a downloadable three-dimensional puzzle game that requires players to jump from platform to platform to reach the end of a level. There are two modes of play, Speed Run and Time Trial, and the 90 levels get progressively more intricate and challenging as players progress. Players get unlimited lives to solve each puzzle, and if the goo ball character that the player controls falls off a platform, it separates into small pieces and respawns immediately. There's no objectionable content.
Is It Any Good?
Initially, Grapple comes across as a very simplistic puzzle-platform game that's a throwback to earlier arcade-style games. But it's also addictive. Though the graphical elements aren't complex enough to challenge many computers, the game relies on the strength of the puzzle elements, which translates to the timing of the grappling and jumps to race across the levels as quickly as possible. This is a game that asks players to think and doesn't punish them for ill-fated leaps. Fall into the void of space? No problem -- just hit the R key and start again from the last save point.
Grapple bills itself as a sandbox game, and players can select how to get from beginning to end (except early on, and those levels are very straightforward, but they do teach players the moves and skills that will be necessary later on). Where the game falters a bit is in its 90 levels not being randomly generated, which may affect replayability. At least the easy controls make it accessible, and the affordable price should appeal. Grapple is a pleasant diversion.
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