Wide Sky – Spinning Around In Beautiful Circles

2.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 2/5
Design: 2.5/5
Duration: 1.5/5

Absolutely beautiful design | Great animations too

Extremely basic gameplay | Very poor controls | No precision, point, or purpose

Who would have thought that a hedgehog was like the daring young man on the flying trapeze who floats through the air with the greatest of ease? In Wide Sky, you help a hedgehog swing between the clouds using just a rope, and momentum. The goal is to fly around collecting stars as quickly as you can on your way to completing 40 challenges, and unlock special ropes and power-ups. Wide Sky is another in a long line of swinging and spinning games that include Major MagnetLeap WormAstronutRocket BunniesOn The Hop, Dizzypad, Captain Ludwig, Mr. Ninja, Jump O’ Clock, and more.

Wide Sky’s most noticeable feature is the absolutely gorgeous art design with a sheen and polish that is rarely seen. The graphics are simply beautiful with subtle depth to each colorful element that shines on screen. It takes more than good looks to make a good game, and Wide Sky really doesn’t have anything else going for it. The main problem is the controls, or lack thereof, that simply don’t lend themselves to the game style. For some unknown reason, the hedgehog doesn’t launch the rope to where you tap, and seems to sling it out willy nilly. Since you can’t pinpoint what cloud to latch on to for swinging there is absolutely no precision.

This is another game where the controls get in the way of the overall enjoyment, and this is the most extreme case yet. There are tap and tilt controls, but both are just so awkward when trying to build momentum or even directing the hedgehog in the right direction. To make matters worse, the power-ups can be accidentally triggered when trying to latch on to another cloud. Even if the controls were average, the gameplay is far too simplistic with the same swinging over and over again all on the same scene with the same layout. The 40 challenges are like the mini objectives in many other endless games, and that’s all that’s included in this one.

Wide Sky ($0.99, iPhone) is one you can swing far away from as frustration seems to be the overall take away despite how good it looks on the surface.


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2 Comments on "Wide Sky – Spinning Around In Beautiful Circles"

  1. Pyke February 26, 2013 at 5:41 PM -

    I downloaded this game based on the art seen in this review. But after playing the first level this comment seemed completely inaccurate, “For some unknown reason, the hedgehog doesn’t launch the rope to where you tap, and seems to sling it out willy nilly.” The point isn’t for the rope to go where you tap. The little grey circle that rotates around your hedgehog as he flies is the direction the rope will shoot. So you have to time your shots with the rotation of the hedgehog.

    • Trevor Sheridan February 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM -

      “seems to” is emphasized. There’s a method (timing based), but it just doesn’t make sense or fit with the overall gameplay style.

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