Developer: Namco Bandai Games
Price: FREE (in-app purchase for full unlock)
Version Reviewed: 1.00
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

These days, for an app or game to be singled out from the masses they truly have to push the bar in some way or another. Gregg is one such puzzle game that manages to be clever and quirky in such a special way that it will leave those who give it their time hankering for more.

For the most part, Gregg is perfect. After the box-like titular character unintentionally allows a sleepwalking chicken to plummet to his death, he is devastated – and from that moment forth decides to take it upon himself to guide these feathered sleeping fools to safety on their regular hazardous but involuntary meanders.

IMG_0523Players slide our blocky hero across the screen whilst simultaneously strategizing the best course of action in order to guide the chicken to safety, by whichever means necessary. While the chickens cannot walk on the wooden boards, Gregg fortunately can. Objects, levitating blocks, and boxes throughout the level can be also used, along with his flat sided head, to help the sleeping birds walk seamlessly from one end of the level to the other. Ramping up the difficulty even more is the task of collecting puzzle pieces scattered across the level, which manifest as the typical three-star system. This can be especially tricky, but those who love a challenge will feel right at home.

The physics engine of this game is what makes it so darn clever. Each level is highly unpredictable as there is no way of guessing where or how a box will land, and to also factor in the timing and speed in which every move has to be made in order to get it just right; it’s definitely a learning curve that players will have to figure out for themselves. This is what makes Gregg such a delight to play though, and it’s certainly desirable for those who like experimenting.

As with the majority of puzzle games, Gregg starts off simple and gets increasingly more difficult as players advance throughout the levels. For those who get stuck, there is the option of buying the ‘chicken wings’ add-on, which essentially allows players to skip a level. It is also available as a freebie for a one time only use.

IMG_0527The first sixteen levels are completely free, whereas any extra levels can be unlocked for a reasonable price of $0.99. It’s a nice way of trying a game before buying and makes it even easier to consider purchasing the full product.

Ultimately, Gregg is particularly recommended for those who enjoy the puzzle genre. Though the levels have a fair amount of charm, and the design is polished to a high standard, the gameplay itself can get a little tedious and repetitive at times. For casual gamers, the advantage of ‘testing the waters’ means that it’s much easier to decide whether this is a game worth paying for, but it’s pretty much guaranteed that it’ll be a worthwhile purchase anyway.


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