App Review: Stay by Anthropophagy
Stay by Anthropophagy is a challenging game of physics and balance. In each level, there is a red shape on a wobbly beam. Your job is to keep the shape on the beam while adding shapes on either side to keep it balanced. See how long you can keep the shape on the beam. Time does not start until you drop the first shape. It sounds easy, but is actually much harder than you think.
There are three levels of game play. They are all virtually the same. The only difference that I could find is that the shape that you have to keep on the beam is different. Easy mode features a triangle. With the large, flat sides, it is relatively easy to keep in place. In medium levels, you must keep a star on the beam, and in hard levels, it is a circle. The circle begins to roll around with the slightest tip of the beam. The hard levels are just that; hard. These shapes are not the only variable in the game, though.
The shapes that you drop on the beam are different colors, and each color behaves differently. Some blocks explode, expand, or shrink after they are dropped. They can cause other blocks to move or even change the size of the blocks already in place. The blocks come in a random order, but you can see the block that is coming next in the upper left corner and try to plan accordingly. Most of the time, I found that I did not have time to worry about what was coming next. The beam tips so quickly that I hardly had time to think about where to drop the next block. To drop blocks, simply tap on the screen where you want to drop the block.
The last game play mode is survival mode. Here you don’t have a red shape to try to keep on the beam. You only have to keep the ends of the beam from hitting or going off the bottom of the screen. If the ends do go off the screen, the meter at the top will quickly start running out. When it runs out completely, the game is over. Again, it is a matter of seeing how long you can last.
Overall, Stay is a fun game. It was more challenging than I expected. The only piece of advice I can give is this…you are trying to last as long as you can. The timer starts after the first block is dropped. If things are balanced, don’t rock the boat. Once the beam gets moving around a lot, it is hard to get it back under control.
Developer’s Website: http://www.weeatpeople.com/stay/