Developer: Blue Shadow Games S.L.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Just when you thought there were no creatively inspired free games left to discover for iPhone, Naught appears. Not nothing, but something – something simple, artistic, and better yet, free to play. Naught is a silhouetted platformer that is gyroscopic free-falling fun just for the heck of it. Naught is the name of the game and presumably this cat that resembles Felix and whom players must move from the start of each level to the exit. Rotating your device 360 degrees to control gravity, Naught must avoid the silhouetted enemies and find the swirly exit.
Developed by Blue Shadow Games, this game has no in-depth storyline, no color, and yet it has an eerily artistic appeal and gameplay of a semi-addictive nature. While the uniqueness clearly stems from both the black and white silhouette artwork and the weird gravity-changing motion, it remains simple. Simple, but intriguing nonetheless. Whether free-falling or cautiously moving with or against gravity, part of the intrigue comes from not always seeing where you are going or where you came from. Small perks, like inserting your own check point, lend a bit of a strategic element to Naught.
For players who don’t appreciate the whole 360-degree, gyroscopic gameplay, the main menu has a feature to disable it and opt for touch and drag or virtual button controls to rotate the scenes. One user-friendly option that is lacking is the ability to pause the game and return to the controls screen when you discover you don’t like the selection, but the game does auto-save from whichever level players quit and exit from.
Naught is partially based on timing and primarily based on 360-degree tilt control. The current scene simply rotates with the device and Naught responds to gravity. It takes a couple of levels to gain familiarity and the difficulty increases slightly with each new level, but the basic gameplay doesn’t change. Enemies can spring out of nowhere and while most are obvious, a few are not and several attempts may be required to clear a level. A few could even be considered hard, but the addictive nature of Naught keeps even the most defeated player trying and trying again.
A tad bit mysterious, definitely interesting and creative, Naught is free to download for both iPhone and iPad. Additional levels can be purchased in-app for .99. Ideal in appearance and attitude for the upcoming Halloween season, iPhone and iPad users have naught to lose by downloading Naught.