Amazing Alex – Rovio Releases Casey’s Contraptions 2.0

3.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 3/5

Same great physics puzzle gameplay of Casey's | More people can experience it | iPhone version

Nothing really different from Casey's Contraptions | Uninspired | Took 9 months for 2.0 update

The story of Amazing Alex is pretty interesting as it started out as Casey’s Contraptions, which launched last May. We gave it a perfect score in our review, and now a year later the game is back as Amazing Alex. After the initial release, there was one update, with a massive one planned that would offer up an iPhone version for the previously iPad only game, as well as brand new levels. During the past year, Rovio has since acquired Casey’s Contraptions, and rebranded it and given it their Angry Birds marketing might. Now Amazing Alex is out, and for all intent and purposes, it’s Casey’s Contraptions 2.0.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we expected more from Rovio, and thus are holding them to a higher standard. Amazing Alex offers the same great features from Casey’s Contraptions beginning with the great physics puzzle style allowing you to complete interesting mechanics with everyday objects. The game is similar to the Incredible Machine with a Rube Goldberg flare where you use balls, books, shelves, pipes, balloons, scissors, slingshots, rope, darts, and more to complete the given objective. All of the levels have plenty of variation, although if you’ve played Casey’s Contraptions, nothing feels new.

The game features 100 levels, with the new Treehouse on top of the very similar levels in the classroom, backyard, and bedroom. In each level, there are three stars scattered about that you aim for, like in Cut The Rope. Once you complete a level, your solution is shared, and you can view Game Center friend’s solutions too. There’s also the ability to create and share your own levels, which introduces you to tons of more levels as well. All of these features were in Casey’s Contraptions, so they’re nice to see, but not all that new.

Amazing Alex ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad) will get lots of downloads, but it’s nothing more than a rebranding of the long awaited update for Casey’s Contraptions. It’s definitely enjoyable, but is uninteresting if you’ve ever played Casey’s Contraptions. Amazing Alex is worth considering, but just feels unimaginative and stale at this point, which is especially disappointing when the game itself is all about creativity. If you’ve never heard of Casey, then this is a great download, otherwise it’s worth skipping. If you only have an iPhone, this is also nice news, though we could have had this game last September if Rovio didn’t jump in with this uninspired effort.


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