Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Splitter Pal taps into a big genre on the App Store, one that appears to have truly revolutionised the casual games market - the physics based puzzler. It's distinctly familiar to those who have spent their free time playing through Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, desperate to 3 star each and every level. While you can't (yet) buy plush toys of the characters in Splitter Pals and no one's after the movie rights, it's still got an addictive wonder to it that's bound to enthral.
It's a simple concept as you'd expect. For the most part, you have to get Splitter, a happy smiley face to the exit of each level while trying to collect as many of the stars scattered around as possible. At times you play other characters but the principle is the same. Splitter can't really move about on his own, he's reliant on gravity and other objects poking him in the right direction. You interact with these objects by cutting them in half. These then fall in a fairly realistic manner thus knocking Splitter hopefully in the right direction. Some levels are very easy to solve while others get much more intricate. Not every platform can be cut with your finger and other platforms are on a pulley system thus swing around in a set manner. The game is designed in a way that means this never feels intimidating though. Instead it's a gradual process that introduces you to each of these elements.
With 60 levels and the encouragement that a 3 star system (just like Angry Birds et al) brings, Splitter Pals offers a lot of reasons to keep playing. It's mildly annoying that instead of showing your success at each stage as a star, it instead relays the numerical statistics but this is a minor quibble.
Splitter Pal is an excellent physics based puzzler. It's simple yet addictive and can really make you think, certainly when it comes to gaining all three stars in each level. At $0.99 it's a bargain for fans of the genre and greatly deserves its place next to the likes of Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.