Stretched is an puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“For too long, the phrase ‘stretched to the breaking point’ has suffered from negative connotations. It’s time to reclaim this expression from the Debbie Downers of the world and show how much fun it is to be stretched until you can be stretched no more! And we have just the means for accomplishing this mission: Stretched.”
Gameplay wise, you will find Stretched a very different game from level to level. The game remains fundamentally the same throughout with you needing to pop all the bubbles on the level before getting to the exit to be awarded three stars.
Some levels feel like an angry bird game with catapults. Then you feel like it is cut the rope. One of the levels is a rotating maze game.
There are over 80 levels to play through so this will take some time to complete, and also have more levels promised.
Level design is where this game shines and fails. Some levels are wonderful, clever and enjoyable, making you wish more levels were like it. Other levels are painful to play, with dragging gameplay and perfect timing annoying the hell out of you.
Luckily for Stretched, most of the levels are on the enjoyable side, with only a limited number being dull and annoying, and they can be skipped (thank goodness). However, this will limit the number of stars you will have to unlock the next stages.
The game is controlled by dragging the ball or elements of the background to move it to the exit. On some levels you will never touch the ball at all.
The graphics are fairly basic, but have a nice graphical style. The Music is beautiful and haunting.
On the upside:
- Well designed puzzles.
- Some of the levels offer lots of enjoyment.
On the downside:
- No real hints for more confusing puzzles.
- Some of the levels should not have made it into the game at all.
- Timing can be vital in later levels.
Overall, this game did remind me of “Contre Jour” with some very nicely designed puzzles and game play elements. However, it is let down by some of the levels that need near perfect timing or are plain annoying. If the bad bits could be removed from the game it would have scored higher. This game is so close to greatness it lets itself down by not achieving it.
Size: 47.8 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69