TwinGo! App Review – A puzzling concept evolved to captivate and challenge
Challenging the most intelligent of gamers while also appealing to those who prefer cutesy, highly likable artwork TwinGo! ($0.99) was released from Chillingo last Thursday, which takes a past gameplay premise and adds to it. Posed with controlling two characters simultaneously, you’ll be astounded by the difficulty of later levels and also awed by the ornately decorated gameplay environments.
The main idea in TwinGo! is to guide the two weather twins to their respective teleports or finish spots. Fuyu and Natsu, said twins, must navigate to their blocks on the checkered playing field, which are conveniately colored orange and blue to match their counterparts.
It seems easy, and would be, except there’s a catch: both of the twins move at the same time. Some sort of weird twisted telepathy?
By swiping up, both of Natsu and Fuyu will move one spot upwards from their location, which also applies to swiping down, right and left. By using the objects that populate each of the game’s 90 cleverly designed levels, you must have them both land on their finish spots at the exact same time while also doing so in the least amount of moves possible. Though the latter isn’t quite a requirement, it adds an extra layer of challenge to the already puzzling gameplay probably only geared for hardcore fans of the puzzle genre.
In the beginning, the elements of the game are instructed for the user to adapt to. These levels are fairly easy, for the average gamer, and they will introduce most of the concepts you need to grasp to understand the game. Then, before you know it, these levels take a sharp ramp in difficulty which is both expected from a game of this nature and also appreciated. New gameplay variables are added, and the playing field is slightly tweaked to add the worry that you may cause one of the twins to tumble straight off to its supposed death.
One of the most important challenges incorporated, save for the fact that the optimal route, if taken, will award the player with extra points, is the inclusion of stars in each level. Stars will be littered throughout a level, which will require you to divert off your track in order to collect; these stars will be needed to unlock additional worlds to play. These are extremely difficult to collect in correlation with also planning your route to involve the least amount of moves. You’ll often need to think before you make a move, though a redo button has been made available via easy access.
One of the weather twins, I’m not sure the name, but the blue one, resembles Boo from Mario games, don’t you think? The artwork style used pays homage to Nintendo’s prized creation, but it’s subtle enough to be appreciated. In addition, the environments and the game’s other sprites have been colored using a diverse and bright palette. The artwork looks brilliant and crisp as a whole.
TwinGo! should present enough of a challenging experience to suit both casual puzzle gamers while also catering to the most hardcore of the serious ones. For $0.99, the artwork and the amount of levels, each differing in comparison to the last, are enough for us to recommend the game.
[easyreview title="Our Score" cat1title="Graphics" cat1detail="Some specific things share a resemblance with Mario's assets, while others glow vibrantly with uniqueness. The checkered game field populated by cartoon sprites looks absolutely great. TwinGo! isn't lacking here." cat1rating="5" cat2title="Sound" cat2detail="Nothing special to be noted here." cat2rating="4" cat3title="Gameplay" cat3detail="To be mastered, the gameplay requires a steady output from your brain, but that's the beauty. It's been tweaked to perfection." cat3rating="5" cat4title="Controls" cat4detail="They're simple, and they do exactly what they're supposed to do." cat4rating="5" cat5title="Content" cat5detail="90 levels is a great deal of gameplay and there's always something thrown at you that deepens the experiences by a bit. But the characters are lovable enough that I would've loved to see multiple game modes or mini games - the latter would've been ideal for a game like this. Regardless, it won't let you down for a mere buck." cat5rating="4" summary="TwinGo! should present enough of a challenging experience to suit both casual puzzle gamers while also catering to the most hardcore of the serious ones. For $0.99, the artwork and the amount of levels, each differing in comparison to the last, are enough for us to recommend the game. "]