App Attack: Switch (Android)

In this App Attack, we’re going to look at what could quickly become your new addiction–it’s Switch, and it’s one hell of a mobile game. In a world of Angry Birds and Tap Tap Revenge, does this one stack up? Read on!

The concept of Switch is very familiar–it feels kinda like Tap Tap Revenge, or an old PS2 game that I used to play called Frequency. You control a little plane, flying around a set of four “tracks.”. You’ll have to switch tracks whenever something comes in your way, and as the action progresses, and as the game moves faster, you’ll find that you have to be very quick with your fingers to be able to successfully move forward.

To control your plane, all you have to do is tap the left or right side of the screen to move to the next track. Sometimes, you’ll find yourself moving very quickly from one side of the game board to the other. Along the way, you’ll have to dodge walls and other planes moving across the different tracks. There are invincibility power ups along the way to help during those faster segments of the track. The goal here is to go the farthest you can without crashing. It’s catchy, fun, and you’ll continuously find yourself wanting to play more.

Graphically, this game looks very sharp. The game board consists of four yellow and orange “tracks” in space. The colors are bright, vibrant, and easy to look at. I feel like it’s the perfect color scheme for this kind of environment. It’s very easy to see obstacles that may come in your way, and that makes it even more fun. As the action gets faster, I did notice a little bit of slowdown, and depending on your phone, you may see an equal or greater amount of that lag (this review was completed with my Evo 3D, which is a dual-core phone…the fact that I got lag scares me for single-core phones).

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The audio track in the game is pretty awesome as well. It consists of just one techno track, but as the action gets faster, it speeds up and changes the beat ever so slightly to keep it fresh. It really does the game justice, and fits in nicely with the visual beauty of the game.

Aside from the occasional lag or force close, the only other problem that I have with the game is the ad-support. This is something that I’ve been preaching for a while now, but Android developers really need to get on their game and offer more paid versions of games, so that people who don’t want their game experience interrupted don’t have to. The ad sits at the bottom of the screen (if your data connection is on), and just sits there while you’re playing. It really detracts from the otherwise-perfect look of the playing field.

I really like this game. It currently only supports one track mode, but it randomizes where your obstacles will be. Down the road, it would be really cool to see some different colored atmospheres, with different challenges to overcome. This game is addicting, I can’t deny that. You can pick it up from the Android Market for free.

App Attack!: Slice It (Android)

The hit iOS game Slice It has finally made it to Android. The game became an instant success on iOS when it launched last year, and developer Com2Us has brought the same experience to the Android Market. Does this version live up to the superior iOS version?

To throw a spoiler out right away–no. Don’t get me wrong, the game is just as addicting and fun as ever, but there are several issues with the Android version that leave a lot to be desired. The game has a couple of flaws, however, that really downgrade the experience from something that could have been much better.

The basic premise of Slice It is pretty self-explanatory. You have a shape drawn onto the screen. You then have to slice the object into equal portions. As you progress through the different levels, you will notice that you have to create more and more equal pieces, and it gets progressively harder and harder. This is a great thing, and also not so great too, due to the smaller sizes of some Android hardware. But more on that in a minute.

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The game is absolutely addicting, as I mentioned above. Failing a level just makes you want to keep on trying until you get it right. It is easy to pass each level, but only your accuracy in creating each equal slice will enable you to get a 5 star rating on each one. It can get very difficult, even on some of the easiest levels, and that, again, is due to the smaller sizes of some Android hardware.

As I mentioned above, the size of most Android hardware is going to make this game extremely difficult at times. Even on my 4.3″ Evo 3D, I was having a hard time with accuracy, which often leads to failed levels and poor scores. I feel like this is much easier to play on a tablet device (which, I have the iPad version and like it much better). In order to achieve perfect accuracy in each level, you’re really going to have to be extremely careful, and on the smaller screens, it’s not going to be easy.

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There is one major flaw that makes me not want to play the Android version of this game over yhe iOS game. This version is ad-supported. Big time. There are ads everywhere, in between levels, at the bottom of your screen, sometimes as you’re playing a level. The ads are frustrating, and there is no excuse to the amount of them. This is something that has become a pretty big problem with Android games (Angry Birds and Words with Friends are other great examples), and hopefully developers will start to realize that people will actually pay for these games. In contrast, the iOS version is only $0.99. Very worth the price.

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Overall, the game is good, but also extremely annoying thanks to the ad-supported mess that comes with it. For $0.99 in the iOS App Store, I feel like you’ll get much more and be able to enjoy the game. If you don’t mind the ads, the game is available for free in the Android Market.

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