- Intuitive control system; tap and play.
- Relaxing atmospheric visuals and soundtrack.
- Physics based puzzles adds depth to the basic gameplay.
- Wind physics can add more trial-and-error than intended.
- Little replay incentive.
Those familiar with Lemmings-style titles will slip in to Spirits without a second thought, though the physics based gameplay adds a new twist that suits the relaxed style perfectly.
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The iPad version of Spirits by Spaces of Play was released not long ago, however now iPhone and iTouch device users can try their hand at this ethereal Lemmings-inspired puzzler.
As you make your way through the 40 currently available levels you'll need to rescue a set amount of leaf spirits before moving on to the next challenge. The game's intuitive controls make this a relatively simple matter as you only need to tap a spirit then select a particular function you wish to perform and a direction to move in the process. This will consume the spirit, leaving behind a new path or method of getting around the level. Physics play a part in the game as well, with wind being a primary method of carrying the spirits past many obstacles, however this can be tricky to manipulate as colliding currents can make it hard to reach the areas you intended.
Each level is simply themed and much of the game's visuals are accentuated by the aforementioned wind as it blows debris around to give you a rough idea of the strength and direction of a current. Plants can also be collected to add to your score and 'perfect' a level, though they don't have to be touched directly and allowing a drop to fall from your spirit mid-flight can 'tag' the sapling just as easily.
The complexity of Spirits is offset by the relatively low requirements to complete each level, allowing players to stumble their way through levels before going back to perfect them. Unfortunately, outside of being a completionist there's no real incentive to go this far with each level. Spirits is a great new take on an old formula and great pick-up for fans of Lemmings-like titles, but it may not deviate enough to re-kindle your passion for this classic puzzle style.
Description"Art so beautiful it could have been lifted from a Miyazaki movie." –WIRED
Autumn is coming. Leaves fall, and spirits rise from the fallen leaves to begin their journey home. You must guide them, without direct control, by changing how the wind blows or by rebuilding the ground. Each spirit can be sacrificed to perform one of four actions - build a bridge of leaves, create a blowing cloud, dig tunnels, or block wind currents in an area. Use your actions wisely or you will run out of spirits. In each level it's up to you to find your own creative solution on how to get the spirits to the goal.
◆◆◆◆◆ REVIEWS ◆◆◆◆◆
"Striking art and innovative gameplay"
"Spirits is clever, challenging, and beautiful"
"Spirits is an outstanding blend of puzzle and strategy"
"The overall design -- graphics, animation, audio tracks -- as well as the whimsical element of soaring on the wind, really make this an enjoyable title to experience"
"Gorgeous visuals; ambient music; solid level design"
–Slide To Play
"Where Spirits really innovates is in its look and feel. When the wind physics start to do their thing, the experience is pretty magical"
–TUAW, Mike Schramm
"Spirits is more than just a pretty face, as you'll utilize little creatures to build ladders, dig tunnels, or blow gusts of wind to get their counterparts to an exit. It's similar to what we've seen in Lemmings or Downstream Panic, but the use of wind and the diverse puzzles keep things fresh and interesting"
"Relaxing, stunning, and simple will keep players coming back for more"
"Visually, the game is gorgeous. Everything has a soft, ethereal vibe to it, particularly the soothing ambient music and the challenging (but not frustrating) level design"
–The Mac Gamer
"There is so much attention to detail in this game that once you have finished it you will want to play it all over again"
◆◆◆◆◆ AWARDS ◆◆◆◆◆
Winner of the IndieCade "Best Aesthetics" Award, Culver City, California, USA – 2010
IGF 2011: Best Mobile Game - Honorable mention
Sense of Wonder Night Selection at Tokyo Game Show, Japan – 2010
Gamasutra's Best Of 2010: Top 5 iOS Games - Honorable mention
◆◆◆◆◆ VIDEO & SUPPORT ◆◆◆◆◆
Visit www.spacesofplay.com/spirits to watch a gameplay video. Search on YouTube for walkthroughs of all levels in Spirits. For questions and support send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supports Retina Display with high resolution graphics. If you experience technical problems, please try to reboot your device.
What's New in Version 1.5.3* Updated iPhone5 support
* Previously: Added Fast-Forward feature