TGWK’s Review of “Float” v1.01 (iOS)

Float is a brand new game from developer Crawl Space Games. We reviewed another game of theirs a while back called Zombies ala Mode and were quite impressed with how fun it was. Instead of zombies this time around, Float is all about balloons.  The goal of Float is to try to keep all the balloon that appear afloat and to keep them from popping on the spikes below. You do this by tapping on each balloon to send them back into the air. Crawl Space Games really wanted to keep this game family friendly and honestly, who doesn’t love balloons?

The first thing you’ll notice about Float is that it has a very “Cut the Rope” feel to it. If you’ve played Cut the Rope, then you’ll know what I mean. It’s not a bad thing though as Cut the Rope was one of my favorite games last year. The backgrounds are very colorful and wallpaper-like and the music is very whimsical and catchy. It’s very simplistic, in nature, but suits the game well and helps it appeal to a wider audience.

Float includes 3 modes of play – Normal, Time, and Zen.

  • Normal mode is basically endless mode where you see how many points you can get with the given three lives.
  • In Time mode, you see how many points you can get in a given amount of time.
  • In Zen mode, there is no goal. This is just a relaxing mode where all you do it tap the balloons to your heart’s content.

Obviously Normal and Time modes are where you’ll be spending most of your time as this is where the challenges lie. Both these modes are equally as challenging and because there are enough differences between both modes, you’ll want to play both.

There are multiple ways to get high scores in the game. Obviously tapping on a balloon in the bonus area yields a higher score per tap but I’ve also noticed that if you tap on same colored balloons, you’ll also get a multiplier bonus as well. This ends of course when you tap a different color balloon. There also seems to be a massive score bonus for popping balloons, but this requires multiple taps on each balloon before they pop which may or may not work to your advantage.  (This only works in Time mode as Normal mode counts this as a life you lose.) There might be other ways of getting higher scores but I haven’t figured them all out yet.

Tapping in the game is fairly accurate. You top the bottom of the balloon to hit it up into the air and you tap the top of the balloon to push it down. It’s very responsive which is good because in the later levels, you will need to juggle so many balloons that you can’t afford having your taps not register.

If you’re looking for a fun, addicting, casual game to play, Float is perfect for you. The game is very easy to pick up and it’s simple enough for children to play, but challenging enough where adults will also enjoy it and not think that it’s too easy. The nature of the game makes it highly addicting as with each play, you want to get a higher and higher score. The addition of OpenFeint also means that I want to unlock all the achievements in the game as well. All in all, Float is a great game for $0.99. There are 3 additional modes that are in-app purchases, but the developer has stated that those modes will be free in the next update. This will add great value to an already fun game.

Float is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.

Description

** We’ve heard you requests and the Game Mode Pack is going to be FREE in our coming update. **

Float is a game that makes you feel happy. Try to keep the balloons in the air and off the spikes. Tap, bobble, and bump your way to fun. With multiple games modes, achievements, and leader boards there is something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Download Float on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

“A great arcade title for all ages and skill levels.” -AppSpy

“Float is as fun to watch as it is to play.” -AppSmile

“If you’ve ever played with a balloon, you’re good at Float.”

“It’s intuitive. Everyone has played with a balloon to see how long they can keep it in the air.”

FEATURES

– Multiple Game Modes

– Retina Graphics

– Universal Build

– Open Feint & Facebook Leaderboards

– Over 40 Acheivements

– Facebook Connect

– Increase Your Fun with Game Mode Packs

[via App Store]

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