Nicalis scores again with this simple to grasp but tough iOS title.
The App Store description for Swift Stitch (a game about going fast, taking the right route and trying not to crash into stuff) couldn't be more appropriate. This is one of those hidden iOS games, a title that looks deceptively easy and is anything but. Well, unless you put the speed on the lowest setting, but what's the fun in that?
Published by Nicalis, Swift Stitch challenges you to guide a constantly moving triangle through an obstacle course of sorts, paying close attention to what lies ahead. What you see, actually, are two triangles laid on top of each other. One points in the current direction, while the other points in the direction these triangles will travel once you press and hold the screen, ultimately determined by colored lines placed throughout the game's levels. Crossing a blue line, for example, changes horizontal direction, while crossing a red line changes vertical direction. Meanwhile, you're able to pass through checkpoints, and even slow down time temporarily in what'll probably be a desperate attempt to prevent a nasty crash.
To be fair, there's a lot of trial and error. In some cases, you'll simply be unable to change course, watching helplessly as the triangles slam into something and explode, forcing you to make a painful restart. This results in much frustration, but eventually, you learn from these mistakes and fly through the courses like a pro; an exhilarating feeling, for sure. And, as we said, you can always adjust the overall speed of the game, using a scale that goes from one (the slowest) to seven (crazy fast).
That said, the handful of elements in this title came together wonderfully. First, we love the fact that it's free to download and play, with an in-app purchase to unlock more levels and a Survival mode. You'll eventually master that free content, but spending the $0.99 is a no brainer; you also get a variety of bonus settings. Second, Swift Stitch is enjoyable, with user-friendly controls, cool levels and collectable "shinies" that make clearing the game even trickier. There's also an Endurance Mode that's a joy to play, where things start off slow, then gradually pick up the further you travel.
Finally, the presentation hooked us from the beginning. The simplistic and mostly black and white graphics take us back to the Atari 2600 days, and the spacey music does a great job lulling us into a somewhat relaxed state.
Game Center support (complete with leaderboards) would've been ideal, but we're confident that had Swift Stitch debuted in the 80s, it would've been one of the coolest games around. Turns out, it's still worthy of that distinction, and for a buck, you owe it to yourself to indulge.
What's Hot: Three unique modes, delightfully retro graphics, relaxing mood music, simple controls, bonus options/levels/mode after in-app purchase.
What's Not: No Game Center support.