This week, Apple had a tough choice picking the best game of the week. So tough, in fact, the mysterious editors picked two. On Monday, we told you about Block Fortress. The tower defense game incorporates building simulation, Minecraft style gameplay, and first-person shooters. Today we have a review for the other winner of this week’s App Store Editor’s Choice award, Monster Meltdown.
Monster Meltdown is a puzzle game that requires players to jump through teleportation holes to help get the runaway monsters back to their protective cages. Things get complicated when you can’t touch the radiation haze or teleport into shadows. Don’t even get me started on letting the monster walk into an electricity field.
The goal is to get the monster through the teleportation gate. The monster paces back and forth, only switching directions when he runs into a wall. You control Yuri. He has is own, personal teleportation suit that lets him jump to where ever he likes. You can even switch places with the monster.
To teleport, tap anywhere on the screen. To switch places with the monster, tap him.
There are a few conditions to Yuri’s jump suit. For example, he can’t teleport into the shadows at all. In order to get to an area that is shadowed, you have to teleport close to it. When you move around, so do the shadows.
You also can’t let the monster run into you or you will die. To make matters even more complicated, sometimes, there are electric fences that the monster is headed for and, unless you do something fast, he will get zapped into oblivion.
What makes this simple, physics-based game stand out is the creative graphics. When you are waiting to start the game, the screen gets all wonky, like an old television with bad reception. I almost thought there was something wrong with the game at first.
Overall, this is a fun physics-based puzzle game with plenty of challenging levels. It is no wonder Apple considered it an Editor’s Choice this week.
What I liked: The levels are challenging without being too difficult. The graphics are great. The whole game has a mid-century throwback feel. It is very cute.
What I didn’t like: Nothing!
To Buy or not to Buy: Fans of the physics-based game genre will get a kick out of this one. It is fun and fresh and offers plenty of challenges at a reasonable price.
- Name: Monster Meltdown
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Ambient Studios
- Price: $1.99