Apparently, there's room for more than one video game hedgehog in these parts.
Sega does not own exclusive rights to creating fictional hedgehogs. If anything, there's a mutual respect between it and the development community. There's only one hedgehog in gaming. Anything else would seem weird.
That said, you can imagine our surprise upon seeing Crazy Hedgy, an iPhone and iPad 3D title from cybertime that stars a...calm yourself...cute and cuddly hedgehog not named Sonic. Yes, it's weird.
Despite the unshakeable thought that the developers tread across sacred ground, they still earned some kudos for crafting a fun platform adventure featuring some of the best tilt controls we've seen. Maneuver the device forward, backward, left, right and diagonally, and Hedgy rolls in those respective directions without any problems whatsoever.
To that end, the game is all about guiding this character through a myriad of levels, bouncing off trampolines, skillfully avoiding spikes and pummeling enemies (Hedgy has a mean right) while collecting gems along the way.
Later, you'll be able to float using bubble gum, attack while wearing a football helmet and spend gems (or acquire more via in-app purchase) to upgrade abilities and unlock items, like a magnet that attracts nearby loot.
All of this unfolds across ten plus hours of platforming goodness, complimented by vibrant worlds erupting with color and attractive scenery, from platforms suspended hundreds of feet in the air to a mysterious ocean full of mines.
Our only complaint involves a noticeable lack of imagination when it comes to stage design, where each level begins to look the same, with similar enemies and hazards. If anything, cybertime played things too safe instead of letting its creative juices flow.
Because of this, we grew tired of Crazy Hedgy, eventually putting it down to play the better games in the genre. But for $1.99 (the sale price), it's worth a roll, just to experience those outstanding and spot on gyro controls.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
What's Hot: Outstanding tilt controls, well over 35 stages, impressive physics, upgrades, iCloud support and HDMI output.
What's Not: Levels a bit on the bland side.