Puzzle Sphere is a tilt controlled puzzle game released by Puzzle Brothers.
“Guide your sphere across 5 themes and 80 levels, push switches, discover what they open or close, and figure out how to roll across each level and collect all the gems!”
The idea of the game is to navigate your ball/egg through a maze of platform and switches to the exit. Along the way you will be able to collect up to five gems. When you exit the level you will be awarded up to three stars for the level.
As you gain more stars you will be able to uplock the next theme.
Gameplay wise, you will need you do not fall off platforms into areas where you will become trapped and avoid various dangers like buzz saws and spikes. The main challenge on each level is working out which switches to press to collect all the gems and gain access to the exit.
The game unlocked three stages at once, which is kind, if you happen to get stuck or totally annoyed with a level you can ignore it and move on.
The game offers 80 levels, with even level taking a few minutes to complete (if you do not die or get stuck) so this game will take some time to complete.
The game is controlled by tilting the device left and right. The more you tilt the faster you will roll. The controls are completely random depending on how the Touchpad is sitting when you open the application, even if it is completely flat on the desk it still seems to get an odd tilt angle at times.
The graphics and sound are interesting with nice stylished graphics. The ball and backgrounds change with the theme you are in.
On the upside:
- Stylished graphics.
- Well designed puzzles.
- Lots of levels to play through.
On the downside:
- A tilt calibration option or alternative controls would make this game so much better.
- Repetitive gameplay, but good in short doses.
Overall, this looks and feels like it could be a great puzzle games. However, the lack of calibration of tilt simply ruin the game. You end off falling off platforms by accident and have to restart the levels all over again. This makes want could be slightly annoying to an unbearable level. This game is overlooked by many in the HP App Catalog as it is not listed as “For Touchpad”, but it clearly is. If you are lucky enough to get the calibration right during the loading the game can be fun. I cannot really recommend this one until the tilt is fixed or alternative controls are added, when it is the app will immediately gain 10% maybe more.
Size: 18.6 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.79