Rinth Island Review
- Challenging block-pushing puzzles; unique 3D towers provide interesting puzzle opportunities.
- User-created content can be easily shared and enjoyed for near-endless play.
- Multiple game modes provides replay opportunity and the chance to approach puzzles in new ways.
- Rewind tool in limited supply; requires IAP to unlock and otherwise forces players to restart completely.
- The games visual design, along with the zoomed out perspective can be hard on the eyes for smaller iOS devices.
- Audio glitching; lags behind the visuals on screen.
Rinth Island takes something as simple as pushing blocks around and turns it in to an appealing and rewarding challenge - you're bound to find something to keep you hooked if you're a puzzle fan.
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When discussing a puzzle game, there's something we often forget to mention - almost a caveat of sorts. While some people happily avoid the genre entirely, those that do enjoy the odd brain-twister can be fickle and no matter the praise a game receives, it will forever remain unappealing to them. Rinth Island by Buzz Monkey and Chillingo is not immune from such fickleness, but while it's possible to find some aspects of the game unappealing, it provides such a huge amount of varied content that you're bound to find something to keep you hooked.
At its basic level, Rinth Island is a block-pushing puzzler, utilizing a 'side-scrolling' layout and asking players to find their way to a goal-item by figuring out the correct sequence of maneuvers. In terms of controls, the game keeps things simple thanks to a virtual-pad or swipe controls - neither are particularly amazing, but aside from one of the available game modes, it's not a major issue.
Each level is in-fact a large tower that wraps in on itself, creating unique opportunities such as needing to out-run a rolling block in order to proceed. The player isn't afforded a lot of control, being somewhat limited to either pushing different types of blocks, occasionally blowing up weak walls or flipping switches, but the complex environments and wrap-around layout of the levels make some puzzles a real mind-bender.
Things get even more interesting when you approach the same level with an unlocked game mode. Players can find themselves solving a level in an entirely new way thanks to needing to collect gems; attempting to finish the level in as few steps as possible; or completing it as fast as possible.
To top everything off, the content is limited only to your imagination as players can create their own levels, which can in turn be shared with others thanks to a simple and intuitive interface.
If there's any weakness to the game, it's the cramped and zoomed out perspective that can require some eye-squinting on smaller iOS devices.
Even if you find some game modes unappealing in Rinth Island, you're bound to find something to keep you hooked and better yet, the creativity of the growing community of fans means you're not likely to run out of something to do any time soon.
Description★★★ Featured as a New and Noteworthy game on the App Store! ★★★
"Rinth Island is a game that every puzzle and adventure fan should be playing." — Slide To Play, 4/4
"The concept is a very good one, and the ability to play levels created by other people is the icing on the cake." — 148Apps, 4/5
"It has lots of game modes which make it playable for many, many times and the puzzles are vast and imaginative." — App-Score, 8/10
"Equipped with a level of depth, breadth of content and good design sense that completely defy its price range, Rinth is a clear must-have for puzzle fans of every stripe." — iFanzine, 4.5/5
"Rinth Island is uber-cool and is easily one of the best 3D platformers on the app store so far!" — AppCroc
"Simply put, Rinth Island blew us out of the water." — Gamezebo, 4.5/5
"Don’t hesitate to grab this challenging little gem: Rinth Island is a fantastic title with a ton of replay value." — AppTudes, 4/5
Embark on an incredible adventure on the mysterious Rinth Island. Featuring unique puzzles, gorgeous visuals, a deep story, and loveable characters, Rinth Island is an adventure you simply can't afford to miss.
• UNIQUE GAMEPLAY
Travel around the 3D island to find the right path to the goal in each level. Climb ladders, drop from platforms and push crates around at the touch of one finger.
• BEAUTIFUL VISUALS
Rinth Island features stunning 3D environments, set in a beautiful desert island world. Every aspect of Rinth Island impresses in it's style and beauty.
• CLASSIC ADVENTURE
A storm has left our intrepid heroes stranded on the island, now they must set out on an adventure of a lifetime. Featuring 60 levels, with four ways to play each one, this is one seriously epic adventure.
• CREATE, PLAY, SHARE
The fun doesn't stop when the story ends, you can create your very own levels and share them with players worldwide. Your imagination is the limit, what wonders can you create?
For more information or support, please visit www.chillingo.com
What's New in Version 1.2Fixed bug with promo dialog
Fixed performance bug with touch controls
Fixed iPhone editor save bug
Improved fps hit for effects first time playing
Released Map 4: Furnace Mountain