Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Likwid, from Funmobility, is a new music app—this one combines music and puzzle solving. The big idea is to channel streams of light to “collectors” which will unlock music tracks. You’ll direct, bend and accelerate these streams of light using “affectors,” which can be moved around and enlarged to increase their area of control. As you successfully fill the collectors, you’ll release a single track—say drums or guitar—at a time and as you progress you will eventually complete the entire song and solve the puzzle.
It takes more time to explain than it takes to learn how to play. No worries: There’s a quickie tutorial that will help you get started if you don’t get the idea right off.
You’ll start off with a rehearsal that introduces you to each of Likwid's nine affectors and their different capabilities to channel the streams toward the collectors. Work your way through all nine of these affectors and when you get the hang of it, you'll finally be able to play one of the app’s three levels.
Now here’s the catch. Likwid is free and three levels is all you get. If you want to hear more, you’ll have to spring for $0.99 to purchase five more levels which feature artists such as Billy Squier, Blondie, David Bowie, Duran Duran, among many other artists. Likwid currently offers 11 of these music packs, with more to come each week, says Funmobility.
I suspect most gamers will find paying $0.99 for each additional level a bit much given the somewhat limited game play. The app is free, however, so give it a try and decide for yourself.
If you think this sort of musical-puzzle might be for you, also check out Electronic Arts Auditorium. It’s available in free lite and paid ($2.99) versions. There’s also Elements of Design’s Genesis, which is also available in free lite and paid ($0.99) versions.
Likwid’s graphics are simple, and although and you have the option of choosing between a high and low quality modes, you won't find that there is great deal of difference between the two options.