Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Newton's laws of motion don't immediately spring to mind when thinking of subjects for games to be based around. Certainly not when it comes to the extent in which NewtonApples focuses on the tale of Newton being hit on the head by an apple. A clever mix of a few different game mechanics that you'll recognise from titles such as Fruit Ninja and various flick based games, NewtonApples offers some great yet frantic fun.
At first, you'll wonder what all the fuss is about. Sure, NewtonApples looks gorgeous and you'll be beguiled by the cute yet well drawn animations of Newton himself. Each stage offers some lovely backdrops too with some great nods to pop culture such as the E.T bike flying across the screen and some of the seven dwarves appearing too. It's subtle rather than garish. But the first couple of stages feel almost too easy. Popping an apple here and the odd slice movement to clear the green ones - it's not taxing. It turns out that's because it's easing you in. Things get frantic soon enough.
Red apples require a quick tap to clear them, green apples require you to make a slicing movement across them (which you can do en masse if the opportunity arises) and leaves have to be flicked off screen. Individually it's simple enough but collectively, there are a heck of a lot of objects coming down the screen desperate to knock poor Newton out. this is even more true on hard mode. Besides the main part of the game and an endless mode, there's also 2 mini games. Admittedly they do feel a little bit like filler but the Hungry Worms game gave me fond memories of my days playing Snake and both games offer brief distractions.
NewtonApples is a simple little game but entertaining. Throwing in a small section about the laws of motion is a great touch and adds to the experience. For $.99 you could do a lot worse than spring for this. Just don't expect much depth.