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 Magnet, Leap Worm, Astronut, Rocket Bunnies, On 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.