The autorunner is often a game of reaction and reflexes, timing your actions in sync with the character's forward movement. But Alike's newest iOS game Bring You Home turns the forward progress of the autorunner on its head, by tying it not to reflexes but to the cause and effect of an adventure game.
Another cute and whimiscal sci-fi adventure, with a similar colorful aesthetic as its predecessor Love You To Bits, this game puts in the shoes of Polo, on a quest to rescue your kidnapped alien pet as you leap between portals in pursuit. But beween portals lies each stage of odd extraterrestial vignettes and other silly characters and interactions, that often end in your demise. Rewind, try again, and Bring You Home reveals its central mechanic: swapping out sections of the screen to change items in the environment. In adventure game fashion, interacting with the right items lets you solve each level's condundrum, whether it's figuring out how to cross a gap or cross a spooky cemetry or get past a fire-breathing alien dragon.
With a flick of the screen, you can remove or replace obstacles in your path, switch between different weapons and items, change your location on the screen, among other effects. Bring You Home lets you experiment and explore at your leisure, with each combination offering either clever success or equally charming pitfalls.
If you're looking for family friendly puzzles, interesting challenges that are fun without being too taxing, Bring You Home is available for $2.99 on the App Store.