Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Oddlight is indeed correctly named as the game itself is different and quirky. It centers around a control method known as persistent touch, which requires gamers to keep their finger on the screen at all times. This makes the game not only challenging, but also engaging and often times a little frustrating.
The main objective in Oddlight is to drag a finger across a web to chase nids and other insects. Initially, dragging a finger on the screen will cause the nids to chase it. The spiders will eventually get the idea to take off sprinting, so gamers must then smash the bugs by dragging their finger across them. If at any time an insect gets away or gamers take their finger off the screen, it’s game over and the level must then be restarted.
At the end of a level, players are awarded a different colored acorn based on their performance. Each new level brings more challenges like additional nids and crazy enemies. It can get very hectic with many different insects running around while also trying to avoid enemies at the same time. Some gamers may find themselves a little frustrated with the level of difficulty.
Oddlight is a fast-paced game that isn’t like others I’ve seen in the App Store. The persistent touch control adds a fun element to it. The downside is that, while the controls are innovative, they make it hard to see the tiny insects on the screen. My finger seemed giant and invasive compared to the objects on the screen, which means that I accidentally smashed some bugs and let others get away simply because I couldn’t see them. Furthermore, there aren’t any Game Center achievements or leaderboards so the game lacks competitiveness.
Despite a couple setbacks, Oddlight is still an enjoyable arcade game. It’s different from the other games that flood the App Store, which gives it an edge that helps the game stand out. With a little variation, a few adjustments, and more levels, Oddlight could find its way climbing the charts. Hopefully an update is in the works to add more to it. For now, those looking for something challenging and creative may want to add this one to their wish list.