You'll have a ball with this Taito classic.
So you've never heard of Cameltry? The game was released years ago for arcades and the SNES (as On the Ball) through Taito, but wasn't as hyped as some of the company's more popular franchises. That's a shame, because it's just as addictive a puzzle game as Atari's Marble Madness. Fortunately, iPhone owners can experience Cameltry with this enjoyable re-imaging.
Cameltry plays just like the previous versions. You roll a ball through a series of mazes, but don't have direct control over it. Instead, you physically manipulate the stage itself. Meanwhile, you must avoid traps and other obstacles while reaching the exit before time runs out. It's easy to get into, thanks to a series of tutorials that give you an idea of how the game works.
Digital Bros. revamped Cameltry's design with an old-school Greek setting, complete with reptile statues, granite blocks and abstract backgrounds that seem ripped from Van Gogh paintings. While it would've been nice to see the original Cameltry art style , the redesign looks terrific. You'll have no problem navigating your way through each stage, finding hidden paths and bonus blocks that grant you precious extra seconds. The music is equally impressive, a soothing mix of artful melodies that'll keep you rolling along.
As for gameplay, you have two options available. You can manually twist your iPhone around to rotate the maze clockwise/counterclockwise, or use your fingers on the sides of the screen to move it. Touching works better, as it's more responsive. Physical motions still work, but the screen rotates so slowly that you'll often run into walls.
Although Cameltry cannot compare to some of Taito's hits, namely Space Invaders, it's worth the five bucks. We just wish the original arcade version was included. Overall, though, you still get your money's worth, so download it now and get the ball rolling.
What's Hot: Options for both touch-screen and motion controls, nicely revamped audio and visuals, dozens of mazes that'll challenge even the best players, only five bucks.
What's Not: Imprecise tilt controls, does not include the original version of Cameltry.