Continuity 2: The Continuation
Puzzle platforming, redefined.
Sometimes, it's nice to be a Johnny-Come-Lately and stumble across a sequel to something you never knew existed. Like Continuity 2.
Awarded the Best Student Game at the Independent Games Festival last year, six million plays later, Ragtime did the decent thing and turned its intriguing puzzle platformer into something altogether more tactile and lovely.
Now, as then, the idea is to guide a little stickman to an exit. Each level is arranged as a series of tiles, and fashioning an exit involves sliding each tile into the correct place to, for example, allow you to access a key.
Eventually, you'll need to similarly figure out a route to a door, and ensure you don't fall prey to one of the hazards in the process. And so it goes on, for 50 levels of progressively tricky platforming.
The one fly in the ointment is the slightly iffy controls. While Continuity 2's central puzzle conceit is a truly brilliant idea, there are times when the swipe-to-jump controls aren't quite as precise as they could be, but it's a problem you'll most likely adapt to pretty quickly.
The iOS is hardly short of inventive platformers, but this one certainly ranks as one of the freshest and most engaging to emerge for some time.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
What's Hot: Sweet idea, plenty of different puzzles to solve.
What's Not: Imprecise controls.