Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:08 Posted by Clash Friday, 12 October 2012 12:21
Reviewed by Yolanda for FamilyFriendlyGaming
Some apps are so much fun that I do whatever I can to get them into Family Friendly Gaming magazine. Take Sand Slides for instance. I stumbled onto this game by accident. I have been playing it for some weeks now and am very impressed. This hand held title is very simple in design. But it gets tricky later on. First off there are three bins that fill up with a different color of sand. All you have to do is guide the sand into the right receptacle at the bottom. How? You draw lines on the screen.
The background graphics and the animation of the sand granules are both wonderful. Sand Slides is one of those games that is very soothing. I found myself relaxed thanks to playing Sand Slides. The lines we draw on the screen are done in white so they contrast the backgrounds and the sands they are guiding to the bottom. I also found they can be done in cup shapes to hold one color in place for a short time while waiting for another color to drain.
The music in Sand Slides is awe inspiring. I love listening to Sand Slides almost as much as I enjoy playing it. I let others here at Family Friendly Gaming play Sand Slides and they were also impressed. It sets a mood and a tone for Sand Slides that helped me unwind after a long day of helping children with home work and stopping them from fighting over trivial things.
I find Sand Slides to be upper echelon in all areas but one. That is the replay and extras. There are seventy-six achievements, multiple modes, and ways to play Sand Slides. The thing is this app costs $1.99. I compare that to other apps with even more content that is selling for one dollar less. I know one dollar may be a small amount to quibble over, but it is still worth a mention. Plus look at the score for this section. It is still a good score for the game. But one that kept it from being one of the best on the system for all time.
The controls are simple in Sand Slides. Draw lines to guide the sand. Only so many lines are allowed on the screen at a time. So if you need to have one go away, just draw a few more somewhere they are not needed. The overall game play in Sand Slides is to relax the player. This iPhone/iPod Touch game achieves that - in spades. I feel my money was well spent on Sand Slides.
It is always a pleasure to find a game like Sand Slides. This game is safe for the whole family, and teaches us about the concept of gravity. It also teaches us how to guide a substance from one area to another. I hope to see additional games like this from Logik State in the future. It was a pleasure for me to play and review Sand Slides on the iPod Touch.
Family Friendly Factor: 92%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Logik State
Rating: ‘4+’ for 4+