Rotastic by Focus Home Interactive is a score driven puzzle game. You begin with a viking who has a lust for jewels. With these jewels, you will have to collect them within a certain time frame and a with a certain panache to obtain the highest score. There are over 70 levels in the game and the pace and difficulty can ramp up very quickly. The first world was a snap. The second world is where it became challenging, and the third world, let’s just say I’m in need of a new television.
You start each level with your character dropping out of the sky and you simply press a button to latch onto a cradle to swing around. You will then use your speed and velocity to swing around and around trying to collect the crystals in the level. Combos occur when you manage to capture them in a certain pattern and under a certain time limit. For example, you get bonus points for finishing under a minute. You will also get bonus points for creating shapes like a figure eight or a triangle around three points without circling the catch point. There is also multiplayer available for you to play competitively with others but it can get a little confusing at times since all the characters are flying around the screen like a bunch of super balls.
What I liked: The colorful animations and the soundtrack really add depth to an otherwise simplistic game. The ease of entry for this game is insane. I did not have a toddler available at the time to play the game but since you generally use one or two buttons the entire game. This could be a game that kids with very low motor skills could try their hand at. I also liked the integration of the score posting at the end of every level. It is great to see myself beat my friends by a point or two just to rub it in their faces. With the simple control scheme and colorful graphics, this would be a great addition to the tablet marketplace for games.
I had the most fun playing this game with friends around. With other score attack games out there, I felt the experience dwindles by the length of time it takes waiting for each person to finish their turn. With this game, the turns come quickly and you never feel like you are just twiddling your thumbs waiting for your next shot.
What I felt needed to be better: The overall playing the game is fast and fun where most levels can be completed within a matter of a minute or two. However, When you are trying to get that most coveted platinum crown, It is near impossible to get to some of them without precise timing. At times, I found myself hitting restart over, and over, and over again which became very frustrating. That unfortunately takes away from the experience that they are trying to achieve. At times i also found myself cringing every time that my viking would die in a bloody mess at the bottom of the screen. Perhaps toning the gore level down this might have made it more accessible to a younger audience.
Final Word: The game is good for what it is and what it has to offer. Since it is ten dollars, it puts it on the expensive side of other games in this genre that offer more for the same price (Burnout Crash) If they were to include an iOS version of the game for free then this would have been a better offering but for now I recommend trying it out before you buy it.
6 out of 10.