App Review: Polyhedra by Binary Hammer
When I downloaded Polyhedra, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was surprised to find a such a simple shape game to be unique and enjoyable to play. The object of the game is to fill more than 66% of the screen with shapes. Sounds easy. There are several features that add to the challenge and complexity of the game.
First, there are a limited number of shapes that you can use to fill the screen on each level. Second, there are enemies in the form of smaller shapes bouncing around the screen that you must avoid. Third, the shapes that you place on the screen react to gravity. Once you place a shape on the screen, it falls to the bottom. The cool part is that you can change the direction of gravity by rotating your iPhone or iPod. This feature can really come in handy.
To create a shape on the screen, just touch the screen. The longer you hold your finger on the screen, the larger your shape will grow. When you release your finger, the shape will drop to the bottom of the screen. Don’t hang on too long, though. If one of the enemies collides with your shape before you release your finger, the shape will be destroyed. Worse, the destroyed shape will still count against the number that you have to complete the level. You can’t afford to lose too many. The level is over when you fill over 66% of the screen or run out of shapes, whichever comes first.
There are several different zones of levels to play. Each one features its own shape. All but the first zone are locked in the beginning. Successfully completely 9 levels in the first zone will unlock the next zone and so on. There is also a Toy Box zone. This zone allows you to simply play around with all the shapes. There are no enemies to worry about here.
The only problem that I ran into in playing Polyhedra was pausing the game. The instructions say to double tap the screen to pause the game. I found this just created more shapes. To pause the game, you must double tap on a shape that you have created on the screen. Once, I figured that out, it was no big deal. Overall, Polyhedra is a great game, sure to be a hit with all ages.
Developer’s Website: http://www.binaryhammer.com/