Symmetrain Review on iOS

symmetrain_iconThis is actually a really neat game I found the other day while browsing the App Store. I had not heard of it before but it looked like a really neat concept. Symmetrain is a rather interesting take on the whole “spot the difference” game genre. Instead of just showing you two pictures to sport the differences, Symmetrain does this more dynamically. A train moves along the track and on either side, items should be exactly symmetrical. If not, this is a difference and you must point it out on the screen. However, you must do it before that difference passes the screen otherwise you lose a life. Lose all your lives and it’s game over.

Gameplay here seems pretty unique. Choose a train you want to use. New trains will unlock as you play. With each new train, the game will get harder and harder due to the speed. It will leave from the station and on the way to the next station, you will have to spot the differences between the left and right sides. Whenever you see a difference, tap on where it is and it will fill it in so that it is symmetrical with the other side. If you can spot all the differences upon reaching the next station, you’ll get bonuses. You will lose lives if you miss a difference or if you tap incorrectly. See how far you can get before you lose all your lives.

Graphically the game looks pretty good. Most of it seems like hand drawn elements and it’s very well done. It looks like a combination of ink illustrations and water color. It’s one of the more prettier mobile games I’ve played in a while.

Overall, Symmetrain is a rather unique, interesting game that will test your ability to spot differences. Not only that, once you get to the much faster trains, it will test your hand-eye coordination as you will need to be really quick to not only spot the differences, but to also point them out. I highly recommend this very fun game.

App Store Link: Symmetrain
Version: 1.2.1
Developer: Black Pants Studio
Price: $1.99
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


* Winner of the IGF 2014 Student Showcase *

Symmetrain, high score chase in symmetry!

Choose your train and spot all differences as quickly as you can while driving from train station to train station. But be aware, every mistake delays your train until it disappears out of view. Don’t let this happen! Use the emergency brake in tricky passages and bring all passengers safely to the next train station.

Challenge your friends and show them who has the best reaction and highest high score while mastering faster trains in different landscapes!

– Eight trains to unlock and play. each with a different speed, look and travel route.

– Dynamic generated game play – every challenge is a new challenge!

– A game for everyone – easy trains for beginners and children, faster and more difficult trains as you improve.

– A picturesque world full of lovely hand-drawn graphics

– A smooth guitar soundtrack that you will not forget

– Game Center integration and iCloud synchronization – compete against your friends for the ultimate highscore!

[Source: App Store]

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