App Review: Diamond Breaker by mAPPn, Inc.
Diamond Breaker is a challenging and unique physics game by Mobile App Network. You are mining for diamonds deep in the Earth. The diamonds are located throughout the mine and your job is to get the diamonds onto your boat without letting them fall into the lava below. The trick is that you cannot move your boat. You can only try to make the diamonds fall onto the boat by adjusting the way that you cut them out of the rock.
In the upper left hand side of the screen is a small map of the cave that you are mining in. The diamonds show up as small dots on the screen. This map gives you a good overview of the situation and can help you visualize what needs to happen to get the diamonds in the boat. The bottom left corner of the screen contains a directional controller that allows you to pan around using the full viewing screen. I had to get used to the fact that you cannot pan around in this game by simply touching the screen and dragging it. You must use the controller. Not all the rocks in the mine can be cut. Those that can be cut are displayed in purple on the screen. To cut them, tap and drag your finger across the rock. This motion will draw a line along which the rock will be cut. The cuts must go all the way through the rock or a piece of it. You cannot cut halfway through anything. Also, you have a limited number of cuts that you can make in each level. So, keep an eye on the meter at the right side of the screen and use your cuts wisely.
The first couple of levels are easy. After that, you have to really start thinking hard to get the job done. Many of the levels took me more than one try. Luckily, if your diamonds do fall into the lava, the app will tell you that you failed the level but will give you the option to try it again. You get as many tries as it takes. You can’t move on to the next level until you complete the one before it, though. One little quirk in the game is that the game does not save your place if you just exit and come back to it. To save your place in the game, you must tap the “end game” button when you complete or fail a level. If you exit the game at this point, then you can return to where you left off and replay any of the levels that you have already played.
Diamond Breaker is sure to keep you coming back again and again trying to solve the puzzles. The only problem may be running out of puzzles too soon, as there are only 25 levels. Hopefully, more will come soon in future updates.
Developer’s Website: http://www.mappn.com/