Developer: Alawar Entertainment
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

I’m always on the lookout for puzzle games that make my brain cells come to life. The occasional endless runner and match three puzzler are always fun, but they get old after awhile and they really don’t require a lot of brain cell activity. So when I discovered Slingshot Puzzle HD, I was ecstatic to give my noggin a good workout.

Slingshot Puzzle HD is what happens when billiards and marbles are combined together with a hint of a scientific experiment added just for fun. It features more than 125 beautiful 3D puzzles that are not only challenging but entertaining.

The levels range from novice all the way to champion. Players must complete one difficulty world in order to unlock more. The first levels are sort of like a tutorial where gamers learn the mechanics. The main objective is to pull back a slingshot and aim well to release a ball in order to collect all the diamonds and reach the hole in the end. Gamers only have three balls to use on each level. Not only are players rated on earning all diamonds, but they are also awarded trophies based on the number of shots it takes. Essentially, gamers want to complete all puzzles in just one shot.

Slingshot Puzzle HD starts out to be a pretty simple game, but the levels become increasingly harder as more objects are introduced. Each puzzle actually has a new element added to the game, which helps to keep things fresh. These objects range from oil and electricity to fans and buttons.

The Victorian style combined with the crafty background music really make the game stand out. I was impressed with not only how great the game looks, but also with how addictive it becomes as players progress. Along with earning diamonds and banking perfect shots, there is also Game Center integration.

There’s plenty to keep players occupied, but there are a couple small inconveniences that are holding it back from being top-notch. The game actually crashed a couple of times on my iPad 2, which was rather disappointing. I also could never access the Menu button. Every time I tapped on it to go back to the main screen, it never worked.

Aside from the bugs which will inevitably be fixed with an update in time,  Slingshot Puzzle HD is still easily recommendable. It does have elements gamers have seen in other puzzlers and it’s not quite groundbreaking, but it’s still rather enjoyable and challenging. At its current sale price of $0.99, it’s worth considering adding to the collection.

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