Light The Flower, a light-bending puzzler developed by TribeFlame and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Featuring a familiar cartoon style and a focus on finding the best angles to meet your objectives, Light The Flower is a fun game that does what it does very well.
Light The Flower Pros:
- Familiar cartoony graphics and 3-star collection system
- Upbeat and cheery soundtrack matching the light, casual atmosphere
- Simple drag controls for manipulating mirrors
- Quirky challenges involving prisms, colored lenses, switches, and more
- Crystal and GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements
Light The Flower Cons:
- Control confusion can make for lots of readjusting
- Light beams can be faint and require precise mirror placement to complete the goal
Light The Flower contains 60 levels that require you to direct rays of light through an open window to the sun-starved flora within. This task is accomplished through the use of mirrors, which can be relocated and rotated as necessary. The task is similarly complicated by the room layouts and varied obstacles. Early puzzles are pretty simple, as they are meant to teach you how to play. Before long, you’ll have to deal with colored lenses through which the light must be filtered to flowers of the same color, prisms that scatter light in multiple directions, light-activated sensors, and more. Of course, what puzzler worth its salt doesn’t incorporate collectible stars at every opportunity? Directing the beams to collect all 3 stars in the process of lighting the flower will net you the best score, with additional bonuses for accomplishing the task in the shortest amount of time. We felt that the difficulty ramp up was appropriate, and some of the puzzles were downright tough.
Graphically, Light The Flower seems to have taken a style page out Cut The Rope’s book, offering a brightly-colored, cartoon style that looks clean and polished. The light beams are faint and can be hard to see at times. Items that are in the path of the light rays do get brighter to indicate the transition out of darkness. The soundtrack is a bouncy, happy tune that fits the game’s aesthetic well. The touch controls are fairly easy to use and intuitive, requiring no explanation despite providing one. We did have some trouble with the game mixing up rotation movements with dragging movements, but a bit more concentration on actually touching the mirror while rotating took care of most of those issues. Replay value is decent, as faster puzzle-solving and snagging any missed stars will improve your scores and help you to climb the Crystal and GameCenter leaderboards. There are also nearly a dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $0.99, Light The Flower is a fairly standard, 4-Dimple game.
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