Amoeba, myself and I.
Petri-Dash is more than a delightful play on words. It's an addictive iPhone and iPad title that fits right in with other bite-size games that are at times tough to put down.
Set in some petri dish (or perhaps someone's infected boogers), your job is to guide a tiny amoeba through germ filled goop. Since the little guy always travels in one direction, you press either side of the screen to turn the amoeba and skillfully avoid germs.
Unless, of course, you intend to destroy these ugly parasites. Turns out, the amoeba comes equipped with a constantly depleting energy meter that also provides boost power. When ready to attack, simply press both sides of the screen to dash through opponents, but be careful, as doing this causes the meter to empty even quicker.
Fortunately, the developers scattered food around the playfield that increases the meter, as well as baby amoebas that, when gathered, boost your multiplier.
In addition to Endless mode, there's a Time Attack mode, as well as Game Center support, but it doesn't take long to see everything Petri-Dash has to offer.
That doesn't mean you'll ditch it. On the contrary. We didn't think much of the game at first, but quickly lost an hour trying to beat personal and global high scores; it seems not many people have downloaded it.
While a bit on the shallow side, Petri-Dash is a fun app ideal for five to ten-minute play sessions. If anything, it'll make you think twice about licking your hands after touching doorknobs.
Review code provided by Distorted Poetry
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: Bite-sized microscopic fun, universal, Game Center.
What's Not: Food is at times randomly scarce, muffled audio.