Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone
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In the official description of Treemaker on the App Store, the game's creator describes it as a physics-based puzzle game, but I disagree with that description. Really, what we have here is a physics-based platformer – and one that's actually quite creative and fun to play.
Players control a creature who must swing from platform to platform, rescuing stranded tiny tree creatures and collecting orbs along the way. The controls are easy enough, using only the touchscreen. Players tap where they want to cast a vine and then fly towards that location. Gamers can then swing the creature back and forth by dragging their finger along the touchscreen. When they have enough inertia, they can launch the character towards its next destination by tapping the screen.
In addition to platforming, there are some puzzle-like elements. For instance, gamers will have to carefully choose their path if they want to collect all the orbs in each level. Likewise, they'll come across obstacles that require some logical thinking if they're to be overcome.
Most the enjoyment of Treemaker comes from learning and mastering the physics that control the world. Combined, the controls and physics are tricky initially, but once gamers get a full grip on them, they'll have fun with the title.
But while the game itself is fun and features some smart level-design overall, the levels themselves could do with more design variety. The game doesn't change much as it progresses, making the experience a little repetitive over time.
There's one other complaint I have. Unfortunately, while Treemaker features a unique, memorable art-direction and stylized visuals, the lack of variety across the different worlds hurts the experience. As gamers progress, the levels change primarily in background color only, which is a little disappointing.
Ultimately, Treemaker is a fun game. The physics-based platforming works well, though it's inhibited by stagnant level design. That said, for anyone looking for a fun, portable platformer, this one's worth checking out.