Developer: Runaway Creations
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3.1

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

As far as physics hurlers go, there are only so many ways that you can hurl things at something and still keep a game interesting. Since the “throw things at block towers” physics game sub-genre is wholly owned by Angry Birds, Runaway Creations had to come up with a new type of physics hurler: one that uses planetary gravity.

Attraxxion is a physics hurler that has you putting large rocks (planets) into and out of planetary orbits. The (very loose) story has you in charge of prepping the universe for the arrival of a new alien race. Because these aliens are picky beings, they want each solar system to meet their specifications, meaning that you have to throw planets into orbits to either add them as new planets or to knock others out.

To accomplish this task, each level gives you a time limit, an ammo (planets to throw) limit, and a big planet throwing cannon on the left side of the screen. To throw a planet, you must slide the cannon to where you want it and then aim with your finger. A simple tap then launches the planet (hopefully) into orbit. If you don’t accound for gravity though, your planets will either launch way past your target or run right into the star that the solar system is rotating around.

As you progress through the game, the levels become much more difficult. Instead of just adding a few planets into orbit, you have to combine planet types (ice, iron, gas, rock) to form new types of planets, avoid black holes, keep certain types of planets in certain levels of orbit, etc.

As far as physics hurlers go, Attraxxion is a nice looking game that is extremely original. The build quality isn’t quite on par with the genre leader, Angry Birds, but it is definitely above average. If throwing objects at other objects is your thing, be sure to give Attraxxion a try.

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