Continuity 2: The Continuation, a tile-sliding platforming puzzler from Ragtime Games, is now available from the app store. Based on a popular Flash game, the Continuity series finally makes its debut on iOS and takes advantage of the touch interface in a way that feels like a natural match.
Continuity 2: The Continuation Pros:
- Great minimalistic visual style
- Intuitive touch-, tilt-, and swipe-based controls
- Terrific level design with fun new elements tossed in every so often
- Target times to beat and coins to collect offer some replay value
Continuity 2: The Continuation Cons:
- No global leaderboards or achievements to earn
- Can get repetitive, not very challenging to complete levels
Continuity 2 contains 50 levels which present the gamer with a number of tiles that can be moved around the screen. Each tile contains a section of the overall level that your character must traverse in order to find the exit. The tile mechanic creates a dynamic level design that constantly changes and requires you not only to move throughout the level, but to organize the level into a manageable configuration, too. Maneuvering your character is simple: hold the left or right side of the screen to move in that direction and swipe upward to jump. Early levels are straightforward, with a handful of coins to collect and the exit door key to find. Latter levels introduce tilting to affect gravity and levers and barriers that require tiles to be organized so that you connect lines extending from the levers to the barriers so that tripping a lever will actually cause a barrier to drop. You must still collect coins and find the key that unlocks the exit door. If you collect all coins, you unlock and attempt to beat the target time for the level. It’s clever, challenging, and highly addictive.
Graphically, Continuity 2 has a fairly simplistic yet pleasing presentation, offering a clean look without feeling like it skimped on anything. The abundance of black set against the baby blue paths, the yellow coins, and the red door/key sets a great tone for the simplistic concept. The soundtrack has a bit of a techno beat to it during gameplay, while a dreamy little tune plays when zoomed out in tile-swap mode. Both help to set the mood for their respective purposes. Controls, as previously explained, are easy to use. In addition to the character movement controls, you double-tap to zoom in/out and drag your finger while zoomed out to move tiles around. You can only move between tiles if their objects on their adjacent sides match perfectly. You’ll also want to avoid hitting spikes or falling into nothingness. It’s very intuitive and fun.
Replay value is so-so, as you can always replay levels in order to collect missing coins and best the target time. This is, however, the only real source of replay value, as there are no global leaderboards or achievements to earn. However, the enjoyment of watching such a cool concept in practice might just be enough to keep you playing. A universal app at $0.99, Continuity 2 is a very solid 4-Dimple puzzler.
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