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App Review: Pop Squishy

Pop SquishyEver wonder what those squishy tentacles on a squid are for? Well apparently, they're a pretty great way to get rid of irritating bugs from a walruses back, and as we all know, a happy walrus releases bubbles that help a squid to float. If all of that sounds nonsensical to you, welcome to the delightfully strange world of Pop Squishy for iOS.

pop squishyThis is a platform game in which you play as Squishy, an eye-wateringly adorable pink squid with the uncanny ability to jump, bounce and float through the air to perform the noble task of squishing bugs in order to cheer-up a series of rather obese-looking walruses, while avoiding spikes and collecting golden jellyfish. Once collected, these jellies can be fed to a narwhal, who then takes you to the next stage.

Given such a bizarre premise for a platformer, it's no surprise that controlling Squishy is also a little unconventional; with no visible controls on the screen, this is a game that feels quite different to anything you've played before, but once you get used to moving around, Pop Squishy reveals itself as an exceptionally fun and challenging game.

pop squishyGraphically, it's clear a lot of care and attention has gone into making Pop Squishy pleasing to the eye, with smooth character animations, brightly colored backdrops and genuinely some of the cutest visuals we've ever seen. It's so obscenely cute, that on first impression you might think it's just for kids, but there's enough challenge here to satisfy adults too.

There are 40 levels on offer, each requiring a different approach to the various traps and hazards, making this a game that will keep you occupied with many hours of bouncing and squishing around like a gelatinous pink blob.

Pop Squishy is a hugely entertaining game that is guaranteed to raise a smile and keep you coming back for more, and at only $0.99 it's an absolute must-play.

Platform: iOS
Price: $0.99
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/1084/pop-squishy
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pop-squishy/id668853619

App Review: Adrian Ant and The Sugar Factory

adrian antEating too much sugar can be bad for you, but it's also bad for ants, and when Adrian the Ant finds himself in a sugar factory, you'd expect him to spend his time eating sticky buns - but not this ant. Adrian is on a mission to collect coins so he can take part in an auction to raise awareness for sugar addiction. Yep, that's the storyline.

adrian antAdrian Ant and The Sugar Factory is an endless runner for iOS and Android that involves tapping the screen to help our pinchy protagonist jump around on platforms while avoiding gaps and sour nasties like lemons and poison, with a goal to collect as many coins as possible.

The game features some nicely drawn cartoon style graphics with highly detailed and colorful backgrounds, although this can make it harder to see approaching hazards in the foreground leading to some unexpected deaths, but part of the challenge of this game is having a keen eye and fast reactions.

antshot1Longer taps of the screen will make your ant jump higher, so judging the height and distance of the next platform as well as the actual timing of your jumps takes considerable skill to master. Luckily, there are plenty of power-ups to help you, which you can buy with coins you collect throughout the level.

There's a global leaderboard to share your score and see how you compare with other players around the world, which adds a competitive element, giving you another reason to keep coming back for another play.

Adrian Ant is a nicely presented game that's easy to pick up and play, and as addictive as chocolate cake, but getting a decent score is no picnic, so even seasoned fans of the genre will find plenty of challenge here.

Platforms: iOS, Android
Price: FREE
Appseeq Listing: http://www.appseeq.com/app/996/adrian-the-ant-the-sugar-factory
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adrian-ant-sugar-factory/id929447625?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.captainspinksgames.adrianantthesugarfactory

Review: Skin and Bones

Skin and Bones (by Addictive 247) is a retro-style platformer with a simple premise; to complete each level you must switch between two characters, each with unique abilities that will help or hinder your progress through the tricks and traps laid out across 6 varied worlds.

Skin, who appropriately enough actually has skin, is fast and agile, and spends his time using skeletal co-protagonist, Bones' head as a handy platform to cross spikes and lava to reach shiny gems strewn around the level.

While the graphics don't jump out as anything special, this game really shines in the gameplay department. Switching between the two characters to complete each level is genuinely fun, and well worth a look!

Platform: Microsoft® Windows

Price: $17.95

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