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Cyto Review

By , on February 26, 2013


Cyto's Puzzle Adventure
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • A strange world to fling through.
  • Combines some flinging mechanics seen in other games, and adds its own too.

CONS

  • The lack of an arc line is an issue; possible bug on lower iOS devices as it's present on the iPhone 5.
  • Nothing that really innovates on what has come before.

VERDICT

If you enjoy your physics flingers, Cyto is certainly another one.


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Editor's Note: While playing Cyto for the video record I noticed the iPhone 5 build did indeed have an aiming arc - it's quite possible older generation iOS devices may not be displaying the arc as either a bug or due to performance issues.

Ah, the amnesiac; a video game trope that has lasted the ages and no doubt will be with us until the end of the art form. Cyto is a weird little rubber ball or cell looking creature that wakes up in a strange world not knowing who he is. Not only do you need to fling him to the exit portal in this physics flinger, you need to collect the memory segments that litter the levels to help him unlock his story (which is told piece by piece).

There are cell-like orbs around the level. Some have little stickers protruding out that Cyto can latch on to. From these stickers, he can be stretched back and flung to another part of the level. If he's near two stickers, he can slingshot at a high velocity from between them, and since tapping an orb will release Cyto from it, he can hop between orbs as well. One omission from this game that most of the genre includes is the dotted line that shows the arc of the shot you are attempting. This in invaluable as it removes a lot of the trial and error that these games would consist of without it, and incidentally, what Cyto suffers from. Yes after you've taken flight, your arc is recorded for future attempts, but this is not as helpful as a guide would have been.

To its credit though, the world is visually immersive with rich deep use of color and understated ethereal soundtrack, and the game introduces new elements at a rate which means that the mechanics never overstay their welcome. The lack of the guide does hurt this one a lot though, and it's one more physics flinger released into this already over-crowded genre, and with not really introducing anything new (rather combining mechanics from other entries), ironically this game about amnesia might be forgotten about.

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