Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Tippy Tower is certainly a simple title but underneath that simple exterior is an addictive puzzle game.
The concept is easy enough. In each level, players are presented with a series of blocks. These blocks have to be manoeuvred and essentially piled on top of each other in order to reach the red flag. Bonus points in the form of stars are awarded for when the player reaches the even more distant green flag. The blocks start out simple enough with many straight lines appearing, easily placed one on top of another. As the game progresses, more complex shapes appear such as circular blocks and triangles that require precise placement.
Moving the blocks is simply done with one finger moving them while using a circular motion with another finger rotating the shape. It takes a little practice at first, especially on the small screen space of an iPhone but it's a good control method, ensuring plenty of control at all times. As the levels progress, it's immensely useful to have such an accurate system as it's not long before players are challenged by some real head scratching moments.
That's about all there is to Tippy Towers. There are 60 levels in all each providing similar gameplay with a steadily increasing difficulty level. Perfectionists will have the added impetus of trying to gain all the stars as they go along also. There's no GameCenter or OpenFeint support which is a slight oversight. It would have been good to compete with others for stars, or simply to gain achievements.
Despite that minor blip however, Tippy Tower is a solid (no pun intended) title. The kind of game that's easy to drop in on for short bursts on a daily commute. Even the music is calming, invoking a soothing sense of relaxation as you progress. It'll be no good for adrenaline addicts but calm, lateral thinking fans will enjoy Tippy Tower immensely.