Developer: pixelZapp
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0.3
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Puzzle-Rocket is a physics puzzler that takes the leap at setting itself apart from other games with its unique sci-fi setting and impressive artwork. Developed by Mike Mulholland, this indie title isn’t for the faint of heart.

The goal in Puzzle-Rocket is to guide aliens from their crashed space ship safely to the rescue rockets. This is achieved by using a set number of different platforms that shoot, teleport and carry the aliens on each level while successfully collecting three stars along the way. Once the aliens make it safely to the rocket, tap the launch button and watch them fly away.

At the start of each level, players are given a limited number of platforms to use, which are located at the bottom of the screen. Platforms can be moved around, rotated and placed anywhere freely. It’s all about trial and error as gamers must try to get the aliens from point A to point B. Luckily, there are no time limits or penalties for losing aliens as the game requires patience.

I often found myself pulling the UFO lever and releasing a couple of aliens at a time to best determine where the platforms need placed so I could get all the stars. What’s great about this physics puzzler is that it is challenging. I felt challenged during the first few levels. Each level introduces something new and the game play only continues to get more difficult as players make it through the 80 levels packed into four different chapters.

The only issue I had while playing is with the controls when maneuvering the platforms. The green force field around the platforms seems a little too big. Increasing the red arrows or maybe even offering different control options could help resolve this issue. There were times where I was a little frustrated moving and rotating the field because it just seemed too big and awkward for the screen.

Despite this minor concern, Puzzle-Rocket plays exceptionally well, especially after I adapted more to the controls. The retro-style graphics are original, bright and humorous at times and the game has a lot of character. Whether you’re a serious a gamer or a fan of physics puzzler, this gem of an indie title is worth adding to the gaming library. Try it out before you buy it by downloading Puzzle-Rocket Lite and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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