Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Magnets are powerful things. So powerful that they can help an alien make his way back to his home planet, at least according to An Alien With A Magnet. It's a wonderfully vibrant twist on the platformer, and while it might not be the most original of titles, it's still excellent fun.
Players negotiate a series of levels, each offering ever increasing challenges. Early stages do a good job of teaching players the basic controls. It's just a matter of holding one's finger down to cause the alien to rotate around a moon, before releasing at just the right moment to direct them to the next one. It's the kind of thing that a child could learn, while still offering some challenge.
Levels steadily come with more challenges, such as asteroid fields, bumpers, and other obstacles. Certain stages add a time limit element, with players having to move quickly between planets before the alien runs out of energy. Timing soon becomes everything, but not before one has adjusted to the simple controls. It's a great learning curve, meaning that An Alien With A Magnet is never less than fun. At times it's pretty open, too, with some levels offering two different paths to negotiate, leading to the unlocking of extra stages.
Besides the structured Adventure mode, a Time Attack mode adds to the high-score chasing experience. Offering the same levels as the other mode, Time Attack adds a timer, giving players the ideal way to compete with friends. It's fun, but it would have been even more entertaining if the levels had been different in some way.
Simply put, An Alien With A Magnet is great fun. It's reminiscent of other titles, but offers enough of its own unique charm to keep one captivated for a while to come. Here's hoping for extra levels in the future.