Magnetic Baby Review
- Multiple intuitive control schemes; touch, drag or tilt your way across space.
- Unique mix of puzzle elements with physics based platforming.
- Gorgeous hand-painted visual style; paired with cute animated characters.
- Being out of control is being in control; jumping between platforms can at times feel utterly random in its results.
- Odd unlock glitches; new worlds unlocked, but levels not initially available.
Magnetic Baby may look and feel great, but letting go and gliding your way through space in order to collect stars and rescue the damsel in distress can have too many unexpected results.
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Sometimes I feel making a comparison is like ripping off a medical adhesive strip - you know it's going to hurt, but sometimes it's needed. So yes, Magnetic Baby by Bravery Plus has many similarities to Super Mario Galaxy, but - and this is the important part - beyond this the challenging physics based puzzle platformer feels like an entirely different beast.
For starters, the somewhat bizarre landscape presents a unique obstacle in more ways than one. Ultimately your aim is to collect as many of the three stars on the level as possible before reaching your 'girl', but each platform/planetoid possesses a magnetic field that glues you to its surface. Thankfully you can roll your way around, gaining momentum before flinging yourself off, potentially entering in to an orbit or pulling yourself in towards another platform to continue your quest. The strange shape of each platform increases the challenge of this task and this is all before even basic traps such as spikes or blades enter in to the picture.
After acquainting yourself with one of three available controls schemes (either tilting your iOS device, using a virtual stick and button or dragging the screen) you'll need to start picking up some 'tricks of the trade' by learning how to effectively launch yourself around a platform to gain momentum; learning optimal jumping points for height versus distance; and when all else fails, learning how to precisely time and avoid the many traps that can get in your way including portals and lasers. It's far from a safe world, but instant restarts provide some succor should you fail to stay alive.
With 63 currently available levels you'll have plenty of time to gawk over the luscious hand-painted visual style and the detailed animations of your character as he responds to your actions either by getting dizzy, grimacing at a speedy change of direction and taking a rough landing.
It's only real short-coming is the inability to shake the feeling that your success on some levels has more to do with blind luck than that of considered planning. The physics are incredibly consistent and easy to get a feel of, but at times it also feels like you're being guided, making what would otherwise seem like a failed jump in to a miracle hail-mary play where you sweep up three stars and rescue the girl in one go. Later levels do curb this slightly thanks to the many ways in which you can die, but it's a hard feeling to shake.
If you can master the controls and like a good challenge wrapped up in a pleasing package, Magnetic Baby is destined to make a home on your iOS device.
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"Magnetic Baby is an iPhone and iPod touch app that brings together the physics and platform genres in a delightfully challenging way." - appsafari (5/5)
"A Fun Platformer with Depth Beyond Its Cutesy Graphics" - touchreviews (9/10)
"Magnetic Baby is a fun, cute platformer." - 148apps (8/10)
"Magnetic Baby provides innovative gameplay, and takes full advantage of an iOS device." - APPLE'N'APPS (4/5)
"If you can master the controls and like a good challenge wrapped up in a pleasing package, Magnetic Baby is destined to make a home on your iOS device." - APPSPY (4/5)
"Magnetic Baby is a real delight to play. The cartoon graphics suit it perfectly as the game serves up its own share of frustration and delight." - AppGamer (8/10)
"A must-have for anyone interested in a good physics puzzler with a heavy dose of platforming action." - ifanzine (9/10)
"Magnetic Baby doesn't do a whole lot new, but what it does, it does it with a redeeming style." - Gaming app of the day, kotaku
"It’s an inventive mixture of a number of genres to create a new physics puzzler with a very inviting art style." - appolicious
"Magnetic Baby will likely polarise opinion, but its low price means it’s worth finding out which camp you belong in" - pocketgamer(6/10)
"Magnetic Baby is a surprisingly good successful game title. The 63 levels provide plenty of variety, the great physics for a high fun factor and the beautiful graphics for the visual well-being. " - IreviewT
"It will take a few games to become familiar with one of the controls, but once done this game iPhone and iPad is a marvel." - applicationiphone (7/10)
"The game looks good and is nicely presented, the unique levels rise quickly leave it no boredom." -appgefahren
It's dangerous everywhere on the magnetic planet after the disaster. Play as a hero to rescue the girl in danger!
To finish the rescue sucessfully, you need to overcome all the barriers, using the magnetic force and controlling the movement correctly.
- perfect physical performences, make a good use of the magnetic force as well as your accurate control, to overcome the dangers you will face!
- Phase gates, wheels, fans, lasers and more obstacles are waiting for you, use your brain, think of a way to collect all the bonus in the levels!
- 4 worlds, with 84 levels are waiting for you to explore!
- With the colorful and cute art style, you will feel like being in a beautiful fairy-tale world!
- You can switch among 3 kinds of control at any time(Tilt, Drag, virtual pad), choose your favorate type of control to play the game!
- Challenge for the shortest time of completion, save your excellent show, and share your replays with your friends!
- unlock 20 achievements to finish the game perfectly!
- Use openfeint to compete with the other players online!
What's New in Version 1.2.3- Reduce the size of the release
- fix bugs