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ABOVE Review

By , on April 6, 2010


ABOVE
  • Publisher: Axolot
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 3 Apr, 2010
  • Size: 25.8 MB
  • Price: FREE!
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4 out of 5

PROS

  • Beautiful art design and animation.
  • Basic gameplay and controls perfectly executed.
  • Integrated community support.

CONS

  • Selecting difficulties for specific level designs instead would give more variety.

VERDICT

Great artwork and design blend to make ABOVE an addictive and challenging endless game for everyone to enjoy.


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Simplicity in game design can work. It's stating the obvious, but it's worth remembering when some games stack on feature after feature to make a basic idea look better. ABOVE by Axolot is another take on the endless vertical gameplay that combines simple gameplay with amazing artwork for a game that's sublime to enjoy.

On your endless quest to the stars the only control you require is a simple tap and hold to jump. The longer you hold, the higher you jump. The uncomplicated scheme responds perfectly and generates power for jumps quickly, making it easy to control where you're going at all times. Platforms shift and change as you progress, with minor bonuses giving a helping hand or putting you in danger if you're not careful.

The game itself is essentially 2D, but uses an isometric view to add some visual depth. The artwork is truly beautiful and reminiscent of Jamie Hewlett's work for Gorillaz or even Makoto Shinkai of anime fame. Airy synth music in the background compliments the game's relaxed atmosphere, but iTunes is supported for those who are after a change.

ABOVE is elegance in design and execution. Elegance isn't necessarily fun in itself, but it makes the game amazingly addictive and charming to enjoy. This is a must have for all endless jump fans and a great addition to anyone's game collection.

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dancapitan 5 months, 1 week ago

no retina support
no 4'' display support
please update app !