Gears

4.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 4/5
Length: 3.5/5

Great ball roller | Quality customization

Frustrating at times | Poor tilt controls, but great touch controls




Game Info

APP NAME: Gears

PUBLISHER(S): Crescent Moon Games

GENRE(S): Platformer, Ball Roller

RELEASE DATE(S): April 28th, 2011

There are a plethora of ball rollers in the App Store simply because iOS device were meant to be tilted. Although there are many ball rollers, the good ones are few and far between. Gears is the newest addition to the genre, that definitely has the looks, but the real question is how does it play? For starters, there is a considerable amount of content to play in, with 27 levels across three worlds, and every level comes with a complex arrangements of gears.

Gears gives you multiple objectives as you roll along, beginning with simply surviving. There’s no doubt some levels can be difficult because one wrong move will roll you off the edge. There are a lot of ways to make mistakes, but there are checkpoints throughout the levels to help you make it to the finish. Every level has little gears to collect, and attempting to collect them all is the most dangerous aspect of the game. There is also a time limit to contend with, and your performance is graded from bronze to gold.

There is no doubt that Gears is challenging, but not too hard to discourage you from continuing to play. Every level has a unique layout, and most levels are so intricate that there are forks along the path. Completing a level is one thing, but collecting all the gears as well is a whole other challenge. The main saving grace of the game is the ability to switch between four levels of difficulty to appeal to all types of player skill levels.

The options in the game allow essential customization, including the ability to have the timer on or off. The timer can be off putting for some, especially since you lose if you don’t complete the level in time. Some players like to go at a slower pace with just a worse score medal. The other necessary option is control customization where you can choose between tilt and touch.

With a ball roller you instinctively think of tilt, but the tilt controls on Gears just aren’t very good. Thankfully the touch controls are great allowing you to drag one finger on the screen to control all of the ball’s movement. The controls offer pinpoint precision to stop on a dime, and adjust speed accurately.

To answer the question posed at the beginning, the game plays extremely well once you customize it for your tastes. The worlds are beautiful and nicely polished, and playing through all the levels will make it worth your money. Gears is a should buy for $1 that is a top notch ball roller and game overall.



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