Pebble Universe Review
- Unique focus on timing; levels designed to emphasize this challenge.
- Typically cute visual design; quirky, fun and friendly.
- Side-steps the 'three-star' system; perfect completions add enough challenge.
- Mixing precise timing with random outcomes can diminish the feeling of success.
Pebble Universe defies the expectations that come with almost any 'physics' based puzzler found on the App Store these days, but it still remains intriguing thanks to its unique spin on timing that will (with luck) cascade in to a perfect level completion.
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Despite its appearance to the contrary, Itatake and Hello There's cute puzzler 'Pebble Universe' is not so much a 'physics' title, so much as it is a test of your skill at precision timing. The adorable pebbles are being consumed by evil clouds of soot, but in a show of bravery some pebbles are willing to sacrifice their shells in order to defeat them.
They do this by smashing in to each other, creating a shower of tiny rocks that can demolish the one-eyed baddies. Better still, get he timing just right and you'll hit several monsters. With any luck the remaining eyes, horns and other sundry pieces of pebble will cascade and kill all of them in one go.
This is much easier said than done though as each level is designed as a roller-coaster of loops and ramps designed to delay the rolling pebbles. It's up to you to select when one of the cute creatures can make their journey and getting things just right can range from being elementary to requiring herculean efforts of split-second timing.
Objects in the world including fans can be used to modify the direction or speed of the pebbles, adding further complication to attaining the perfect completion. Furthermore, the 'spread' of the pebbles when they collide can vary significantly enough to ruin an otherwise perfect attempt.
The mix of stringent requirements and random outcomes can suck the joy out of what should be a moment of success as it's not entirely a result of your skill. Thankfully this is all predicated on attempting a perfect completion and the difficulty level flattens out significantly if you merely try to complete the stage by popping the 'royal' cyclops instead.
Pebble Universe's concept is sound and the levels manage to mix up the concept thanks to a variety of pebble types; interactive environments; monster layouts; and the occasional bonus level to distract you. If nothing else it's worth checking out thanks to the change of pace it represents; just expect a spot of frustration here or there.
DescriptionFor centuries the Pebbles lived in peace. They farmed their loved flowers, which they ate with great appetite.
But that was then, before the monsters came. Now they are neurotic and constantly chased by the soot-lump creatures who love Pebble-meat more than anything else. And the monsters have a great advantage. With their great horror instil xray-eye, they see through the Pebbles stone camouflage, and they can't protect themselves against attacks. Until now!
The Pebbles discovered that their hats explode when they smash into each other at high speed. Suddenly they had a weapon to defend themselves. Now they can finally fight back. And they need your help.
Are your timing skills good enough to save the Pebbles?
What the press says:
"ONE OF THE VERY BEST IOS GAMES EVER MADE!”
The Gaming Ground
"We have a winner, folks"
GAMING APP OF THE DAY
GAME OF THE DAY
”PEBBLE IS THE ULTIMATE GAME TO KILL
TIME ON THE BUS.”
NEW YORK POST
”it’s hard not to recommend Pebble Universe.
So, sally forth and get it at the Apple Store”
”IT KEPT MY FINGERS GLUED TO THE GAME
UNTIL I COMPLETED EACH AND EVERY LEVEL.”
"A physics puzzle game that doesn't play like everything else on the market."
GAME OF THE WEEK
”ANYONE WHO IS TIRED OF THE TYPICAL SLINGSHOT
GAMES WILL BE GLAD TO PLAY THIS ONE, AND REALLY
SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!”
”ONCE I STARTED PLAYING I COULDN'T STOP”
”HIGH PRODUCTION VALUES AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY
MAKE IT EVEN EASIER TO ADD TO OUR MUST-BUY LIST.”
”Wow. Are you guys thinking what I think about this game? CAUSE I THINK IT ROCKS!!!”
”The graphics are amazing in a cute way: yes I am a sucker for cuteness. Other than that, the dynamics of this game is fluid and I am begging for more future updates!!!!!!!!!!”
Något av en juvel bland mycket grus på appstore. Extrem "ett försök till" faktor!
”Endlich ist es da! Macht super viel Spaß, lohnt sich auf jeden Fall!”
”Un jeu fort sympathique, aux graphismes accrocheurs et au gameplay intéressant. Un peu de coordination et un zeste de patience font le gros du jeu. Quant aux bruitages ils sont à tomber. Un jeu parfait pour le métro!”
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♥ Thank you for playing Pebble Universe
What's New in Version 1.4Five new levels in The Cave.
Inspired by famous silhouettes - can you find out which ones?