Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Powerslide Penguin sticks to one idea and runs with it. Or perhaps that should be slides with it. It's a simple game but like many simple games before it, it hits the spot just right when it comes to casual gaming. Players take control of Penn Gwynn (get it?), the world's only powersliding penguin. Penn Gwyn has to collect all the loot from the evil Pengros who has robbed the Chilly City Bank. Outrageous puns aside, Powerslide Penguin is compelling stuff.
Offering 79 levels in all, Powerslide Penguin gradually introduces many of the key elements that draw the player in. At first, players simply need to slide around ensuring they collect as many coins as possible. As things progress however, so the obstacles grow. It's not long before players find themselves having to be increasingly precise with their movements. Walking dynamite forms a large part of the problem, desperately chasing after Penn with one touch wiping him out. Bears also emerge, taking away precious coins and loot. Puzzle elements also feature with switches opening up areas and bombs affecting the trajectory of Penn's travels. The control system also places a limit on progression.
Players are only able to move 9 times in any level so while at first it seems like a wise idea to move quickly, it's often better to make small and precise movements while waiting to see where Penn settles. Movement is done through a kind of flicking. Players drag Penn back with a finger and then let go. Afterslide can also be applied which can make getting through some maze like levels a bit simpler. It all takes a bit of practice but it's not long before players will be pros at shooting Penn around.
Like many other casual puzzle games, Powerslide Penguin rewards its players with a three star system depending on how well they do. Points are awarded for speed and collecting lots of coins so there's a reason why players will want to replay earlier levels.
Powerslide Penguin does just what players would expect of Chillingo. It's simple but addictive and cute. For the asking price of 99c, it's an ideal game for those looking for a new hook during their daily commute.