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Beyond Ynth is a puzzle game that just does things right. Too many puzzle games come out that have plenty of creativity, but lack the technical polish that Beyond Ynth delivers in spades.
The most memorable thing about Beyond Ynth though has nothing to do with the gameplay, it is the amazing job that FDG Entertainment did on the sound. All of the cut-scenes are read out by a real person, the game has an oh-so-awesome theme song (it's amazing!) that was recorded in house, and the sound in the levels is very slick. I don't usually comment on the sound of iPhone games, given the fact that I play so often with the sound off, but they really did an amazing job with this one.
The game itself is a fun puzzler that has you playing Kribl the bug on a quest to bring light back to your kingdom. The goal of each level, most of which take under 5 minutes, is to get to the end while gathering the few crystals on the map. To win, you have to carefully navigate through the levels, pushing and navigating through objects, all while being aware of your treacherous surroundings. Be sure to watch the gameplay video at the end to really grasp the concept.
One word of warning though is that the game is extremely difficult. Beating the levels on their own is tough enough, but going out of your way to get the crystals is brutal. Prepare to hit "restart level" about 800 times... ten times for all 80 levels in the game. Beyond Ynth isn't for the weak minded or for people who just want to breeze through games, it's a puzzle challenge that will really test your wits. If you like puzzle games, you'll love Beyond Ynth.