Slingshot Puzzle HD from Alawar is a game that will require skill, logic, and a bit of luck. The idea is to line up and fling a ball to collect a number of gems in each level, avoiding obstacles along the way. It’s a bit like a cross between a physics-based puzzle and a game of pool.
When you begin the game, you will see a sleek wooden playing field, a set of three gems, and a ball launcher. The first step is to line the launcher up with the gems. After that, pull back to launch the ball, where it must run into all of the gems before hitting the end point.
Before you start, it’s important to take some time to estimate the trajectory of the ball, because you only get a couple of shots. Your goal is to collect all of the gems at once, with one ball if you can. You do get three total, but you get more points for using fewer balls.
During the first few levels, the path to the end point will be a clear shot, but after you’re warmed up, the game will begin to introduce elements like traps. Traps will include an array of obstacles designed to keep you from the end of the level, including pits, switches, oil stains, rotating beams, and more.
You need to navigate around these obstacles, which can be a tough task. You will also need to take into account the level design and the potential trajectory of the ball, which requires a bit of brain power if you want to be successful on the first try!
Though Slingshot Puzzle HD has clever level design, it is, ultimately, just a game of pool. That means it isn’t always exciting or riveting, but it can be engrossing if you enjoy this type of puzzle.
Slingshot Puzzle HD has a total of 126 levels that span seven different worlds. There are several different boards as well, including wood, iron, and marble, and the game also includes Game Center integration for score keeping.
What I liked: Slingshot Puzzle HD has crisp graphics that look great on both my iPad mini and my Retina iPad. Despite being similar to a game of billiards, it’s a refreshing take on a slingshot style puzzle game.
What I didn’t like: I thought that the gameplay ramped up in difficulty too slowly. A lot of the puzzles were too easy. I also experienced quite a few crashes while playing the game.
To buy or not to buy: If you enjoy billiards or other slingshot style games, I’d recommend giving Slingshot Puzzle HD a try.
- App Name: Zookeeper DX
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Slingshot Puzzle HD
- Price: $0.99