Cover Orange Review

Our Review by Chris Nitz on January 7th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: JUICY GOODNESS
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Cover Orange takes physics puzzle games to a citrusy good place.

Developer: FDG Entertainment
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Cover Orange is taking the physics puzzle game to fun new levels. Not only do you have to figure out how to protect Florida’s best fruit, but also you have to deal with an abundance of physics inspired levels. It comes together for a great time that can be enjoyed in both quick sessions, or long lunch breaks.

The goal in this game is to get oranges under cover and protected from a raincloud that spews the black plague. To do this you will have to use the tools like oil drums and crates as well as the stage layouts themselves. You drag and drop your tools from the top of the screen and drop them in calculated precision. Bombs that explode, boards that move, and even swinging hammers all need to be accounted for. Each puzzle presents a unique challenge that ultimately feels fresh and unlike anything before it.

The presentation is one of childish fun. The backdrops are brightly colored settings that have an oil painted feel to them. Animations are fluid and pleasing. The audio fits well, though the repeating soundtrack does get a bit stale.

The downside to all this artistic fun is an inconsistent difficulty curve. You may be solving puzzles like crazy and then run into one that stumps you try after try. You skip it and move on to find several puzzles after are easily solved in one to two attempts. Compounding this is you can see what the real solution to the stage is, but you can clear the stage by simply getting lucky and abusing the physics of your tools. This inconsistency can be very off putting at times.

Cover Orange is a cute and fun puzzle game. There is a fair amount to do here, and more planned down the road. If you need a quick puzzle fix that is great for the lulls in your day, this fits the bill. There is even a free version that you can try before you buy.


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