Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation
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Tiny Aliens is a physics based puzzle game that offers fun and unique game play. Players indirectly move aliens around in order to connect power to their space ship. The unique aspect of the game is that the aliens are actually puzzle pieces that conduct electricity. In addition to every level being a puzzle, the app has some interesting obstacles and mechanics.
The goal of the Tiny Aliens is to use the cute little alien bodies to conduct electricity to a space ship. Players cannot directly move the aliens; rather, one must tap to remove the platforms the aliens are standing on. Some platforms are metal and cannot be tapped and removed, so the platforms beneath them must be carefully removed in the correct order. Another one of the dangerous obstacles are platforms with spikes that rotate. Another one of the very interesting mechanics in the app is gravity shots, which manipulate gravity and propel the aliens around the screen.
There is a dotted circle around the aliens and power source, which indicate their range of effectiveness. Players have a few auto-wins available, called cosmic bolts, for those levels that just seem a little too difficult. Additional cosmic bolts can be purchased in the in-game store.
Tiny Aliens incudes 70 levels organized into multiple planets. The graphics and sounds are playful and nice, and create a very fun and inviting atmosphere. Since there is no time limit, the game feels very relaxed. Also, a very humorous touch is that instead of the ubiquitous “share with your friends” option, the app rather lets players “brag to [their] friends”. The app can also integrate with game center to allow players to challenge their friends.
Overall, Tiny Aliens is a fun and easy to play physics based puzzle game. It creates a very fun atmosphere with its graphics and sounds, and offers a few interesting mechanics and obstacles. The 70 levels are definitely worth the $0.99 price tag.