Developer: MooseMouse Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Nothing brightens a school kid’s day like taking a field trip in lieu of sitting in a classroom. And nothing dampens that joy like finding out the school bus is not bound for the chocolate factory, the slide factory, or even the box factory. No, the bus is heading for the museum.

Don’t bother trying to rush door or the windows. They all use childproof locks.

smasher_06Gary, the slingshot-wielding demon that fronts Lil Smasher from MooseMouseMedia, isn’t about to let the Man trick him into learning something about history or culture. He’s got his projectiles, and he’s got his will. He’s ready to start smashin’ stuff. But he needs help because, uh, he spends all his time smashing things instead of learning the basics of geometry and physics.

Lil Smasher is a physics-based puzzle game that spans multiple stages. Gary traces a “path of destruction” all across the museum (including the Food Court – take that, nasty microwaved burritos). There are 21 levels in all. The player’s job is to make sure the projectiles from Gary’s slingshot reach their oh-so-fragile and oh-so-expensive destinations. Simply pull back on Gary’s slingshot to let loose a rock. However, since the vases and statues targeted for destruction are often behind high walls and other obstacles, it’s necessary to employ the power of physics and smash the objects on the rebound.

There’s often added trickery to get around, too. One stage requires the player to use the slingshot to wedge a piece of wood into a barrier. After that, an iron ball needs to be set in motion so it can hit the makeshift lever and send the barrier flying. In another level, the player needs to set off a mechanism that sends a priceless piggy-bank flying – and then the flying piggy must be shot down before it lands safely (and nearly out of reach) on a soft pillow.

smasher_05There’s certainly some clever engineering behind Lil Smasher‘s puzzles, and it’s a shame there are only 21 levels to enjoy, though more are reportedly on the way. For now, levels can be replayed in hopes of collecting every star for a better score. Completing stages using as few rocks as possible also yields more points.

Museums have pushed us around long enough. It’s time to fight back.

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