Battery powered fun.
Cordy is a thoroughly enjoyable platform adventure featuring LittleBigPlanet style graphics and Sonic the Hedgehog inspired play. SilverTree Media's delightful App casts you as a tiny robot (Cordy), charged with restoring power to his world. Both expertly designed and visually appealing, it's without question one of the iPhone and iPad's coolest titles.
Throughout each of the 27 levels, your goal is grab the requisite number of batteries to reach the next stage. The virtual controls are easy enough, with left/right/jump buttons, and despite the fact that Cordy tends to float around the environments instead of stopping on a dime, you should have no trouble sending him in a desired direction, reaching platforms and pushing/pulling blocks with ease.
That said, the game does nothing we haven't seen before, by no means a bad thing. Cordy picks up speed (ala Sonic) whenever he travels down hills, allowing you to make insane jumps and smash through objects. There are quite a few of those aforementioned blocks to manipulate, and later, you'll gain the ability to throw things and swing around.
All told, the game provides several hours of fun, and the presentation definitely sets it far apart from other App Store games. The developers play a lot of cool tricks with the 2.5D graphics, propelling Cordy into the back and foreground and rotating the world at key moments. In fact, shaking the device lets you manipulate the background. It's a subtle but sweet effect.
That aside, having to occasionally backtrack through a stage to locate all the batteries is a bit annoying, but by no means a deal breaker.
We did balk, though, at the numerous in-App purchases. First, you must pay $4.99 to unlock the full game on the iPad (the first four levels are free). That's fine. The game's arguably worth that amount.
The biggest offense, though, are the micro transactions that let you buy items to customize Cordy. A Totem Helmet for $2.99? Rabbitattachments for $0.99? It smacks of greed.
Of course, no one forces you to cough up the dough. Our advice? Unlock the full game and have a blast. We certainly hope more (and free) levels are on the way.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.
What's Hot: Great 2.5D graphics, enjoyable platforming, likeable hero, four free levels.
What's Not: Backtracking, having to pay for everything.