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Cover Orange for iPhone Review
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Cover Orange, a fun new physics puzzler from FDG Entertainment, is now available in the app store. A port of a popular Flash game, Cover Orange oozes with charm from its animatedly fretful fruit to its clever puzzle designs that can sometimes leave you scratching your head.

Cover Orange Pros:

  • Terrific physics-based puzzle action
  • Clever level design
  • Crisp graphics and cheery soundtrack
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Cover Orange Cons:

  • Nothing yet…

There are currently 80 levels of gameplay available in 4 bundles of 20 levels, with more on the way shortly. With just the single game mode and no difficulty levels, the focus is squarely on puzzle solving and protecting the citrus from going sour. Each level exposes one or more oranges to the possibility of being rained upon by a meandering cloud. Your task is to use the objects presented to you to create shelter for the oranges, covering them before the cloud makes its way through. You do this by dragging each object into position above the drop line, then releasing to watch it tumble into place. If the cloud passes without causing its black rain to come into contact with the oranges, you survive the level and move on to the next. A counter ticks down from 1,000 once the level begins and doesn’t stop until the last object is in place. If successful, you receive points equivalent to the number remaining on the counter. All level scores are totaled to give you a cumulative score to compare with others on the global leaderboards.

Graphically, the game has a cheery and pleasant presentation, with flowers that bloom and woodland creatures that appear in various locations. The retina display support offers a crispness that really makes the game pop. The oranges are animated to show nervousness and fear while the rain cloud passes by, which erupts into cheers and the waving of Thank You signs when they survive unscathed. The soundtrack is equally cheery and light, offering a nice complement to the presentation and ensuing gameplay. Controls are strictly touch-based, requiring only the dragging and releasing of objects. There is a restart button in the lower right corner that gets a lot of use, too, as most solutions require fairly precise placement of objects.

Replay value is good, as repeated efforts will often lead to increasing your level scores as you work to place pieces as quickly as possible. There are also plenty of levels to keep you confounded for a bit. FDG appears to be committed to bringing new content, as well. GameCenter support allows you to compare scores with other players around the world, as well as earn achievements along the way. It’s quite satisfying to finally discover the solution to a level that perplexes you for any length of time. It’s a great puzzler and a steal at $0.99. Cover Orange is a 5-Dimple charmer for gamers of all ages.

Cover Orange for iPhone Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2010-12-16T01:06:53+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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