Developer: Coding Design, LLC
Price: free Download on the App Store
If games such as Cut the Rope and Cover Orange are tops on your list, then Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree is worth taking note of. A creative puzzler with clever mechanics, Squirmee is a challenging, but intuitive, touch-to-play game with great elements of surprise. Based on an animated story that puts a little orange blob on a rescue mission that includes 75 puzzling levels set in three worlds, Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree is casual, entertaining, and of course, puzzling.
Squirmee eloquently offers a bit of physics, art, and mental processing all rolled into a casual touch-to-play puzzle game with simple but clever mechanics. With a touch, players can stop and start objects in motion, reverse motions, and more. The tutorial available from the main screen makes Squirmee easy to jump right in without losing any sense of gameplay and each newly unlocked level is in some way different from the last – some more challenging than others, but all attainable with just a bit of thought or at least a few re-attempts.
Players earn one, two or three stars for completing each level and the number of stars earned is based on the time it takes to complete each one. Some levels are simple enough to whip right through, while others take a bit more planning and careful timing to puzzle through. Helpful hints present themselves with each level, but making use of timing skill is left to the player. Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree presents just enough challenge to be engaging, but not so much as to frustrate players into giving up. Besides, it’s hard to give up on Squirmee after he’s squished to oblivion by a rotating saw blade or blown up by a projectile.
As a casual puzzle game, Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree plays out well and provides a variety of mechanics to apply to each level as well as star achievements and boss levels, all of which create a positive game experience while adding a bit of replay value. The touch controls strike a nice balance between responsive and forgiving and the graphics and sound are strong enough to create all-around value and the developers are promising additional levels in a future update to add to the total value. Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree is available for $1.99 for iPhone and iPad.
Watch this Squirmee and the Puzzling Tree Gameplay Demo