- Constant addition of interesting new play mechanics.
- A premise we can all get behind.
- The bouncing brought on by the chain can be difficult to gain control of.
Yes we've seen similar games before but Stretched has a charming premise and enough good ideas to create an enjoyable play experience.
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Stretched could have one of the simplest and easiest to understand premises seen in video gaming. Yes, even simpler than 'a gorilla has stolen my girlfriend'. You play a depressed ball. He's so close to reaching the bubbles of happiness, but he needs some assistance to go the distance. Through eighty four stages it's up to the player to shake the blues away.
Each level plays a little like a mix of angry birds and cut the rope. The ball is moved by stretching back, lining up the trajectory line to where you want to fling him, and then letting go. The goal of each stage is to reach the happiness bubble with the arrows pointing at it, but other bubbles can be collected if you care about achieving the coveted three star rating in every stage. The game starts off with simple flinging but soon all manner of interesting contraptions are introduced such as sticky blobs, wiggle chains, and a three sided monstrosity straight out of a mad scientists' nightmare.
Since the game is based around obtaining happiness, it makes sense that the colors and backgrounds would have a light hazy feel to them, although with the expressive blobs and the look of some of the contraptions, it's easy to guess that this game was heavily influenced by World of Goo's visual style.
Stretched is all about a laid back puzzle experience. Its goal is noble and the constant gameplay additions keep things interesting. A must for fans of addictive puzzlers.
DescriptionFor too long, the phrase “stretched to the breaking point” has suffered from negative connotations. It’s time to reclaim this expression from the Debbie Downers of the world and show how much fun it is to be pulled until things are so tense, you can barely contain it. And we have just the means for accomplishing this mission: Stretched.
• BALLS IN THE AIR
Stretched challenges you to launch a ball through high-flying stages via a series of slingshots and catapults. Blast through bubbles en route to the goal. The more of the bubbles you pop, the more stars you earn in each of the 84 stages. And those 84 stages are, ahem, stretched across four different worlds, each with new themes such as Sunrise, Misty, and Monochrome.
• MAN THE CATAPULTS (OR WOMAN THE CATAPULTS, WE’RE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY HERE)
Flinging your ball from catapult to catapult couldn’t feel more natural thanks to precision touch controls and a useful trajectory line that shows you the arc you are about to travel. (You don’t see the entire arc, mind you—where’s the challenge in that?)
• THINK BEFORE YOU FLICK
Solve puzzles by using different gadgets. Adhere to sticky balls, move chains and wheels to reveal the goal, and detonate bomb balls to clear a path. Many stages combines several mechanics into wonderfully clever puzzles that will leave you with a smarty-pants smile on your face.
• UNIVERSALLY APPEALING
Stretched is a universal app, so you can play it on both your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad for the cost of a single download. That’s premium gaming at bargain prices, folks.
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