- Serene and picturesque presentation.
- The tilt controls just work for the game (but there are other options).
- Levels are quick and to the point.
- Physics can be a little wonky sometimes.
This iOS port takes an interesting game and makes it shine thanks to the tilt controls.
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It's amazing how controls can affect a game. Dave played Nightsky on the PC, and while using the arrow keys to move the orb was adequate, there was something lacking, and the whole experience didn't really leave a lasting impression. Now we have the iOS port, and with the addition of tilt controls (as well as other options), this atmospheric simple physics journey starts to really shine.
The game starts with the player finding a mysterious orb on the beach. As you would, he takes the orb back home with him, but then starts to have the strangest dreams. These visions are where the game takes place. We don't know where the orb is headed or why it wants to get there, but it's our job as the player to help it on its way. Each level is only a couple screens, usually introducing or including one element of the game. The tilt controls are the recommended method (although the game starts in swipe mode), and tilting the phone rolls the orb right or left. There is a lot of nuance in the tilting for when you need to be more exact in your movements. The x in the left hand corner aids this by acting as a brake, while the o in the right corner changes based on what the level calls for. Sometimes it speeds you up, sometimes it reverses gravity. Little changes like this, including small elements of physics puzzles make the game feel different in subtle ways from stage to stage.
But it's the atmosphere that is the most striking element. The game seems to exist in perpetual sunset, with dull yet beautiful colors washing the backgrounds, contrasting the stark black of the playing field. The music is ambient, invoking a peaceful play state, yet perhaps a sense of unease.
For those who breeze through the main game, there's an alternative mode with harder puzzles, that basically creates a unique second playthrough. It really is astonishing how changing the control method completely changed perception of the game, but perhaps not. The way we interact with these game worlds is very important. It took a port, but Nightsky got it right, and those looking for a short, yet simple intriguing experience would do well to give this a try. It might surprise you.
DescriptionWhat the critics have said:
“If you're looking for a game that shows how simple, touchscreen-focused controls can create an elegant, hugely entertaining experience, then NightSky is well worth your time.” - Pocket Gamer
“Tight controls and effective ambience make NightSky one of the best physics platformers around.” - MacLife
"The physics-based gameplay is clever, but the real draws are the beautiful scenery and the ambient electronic soundtrack." - IGN.com
“There is no denying that NightSky accomplishes just about everything it sets out to do.” -Dtoid.com
“Night Sky has so many well designed elements working in unison to craft an immersive iOS experience that is a should buy.” - Apple ‘N Apps
Awards and acclaims:
GDC Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Grand Prize Finalist
GDC Independent Games Festival Excellence in Design Finalist
GDC Independent Games Festival Excellence in Audio Finalist
Ideame Featured Title
ACMI Best of IGF Exhibition
NightSky is the critically acclaimed and award-winning physics-based puzzle game--now on iOS!
With varied and beautiful worlds, each is broken into different areas. Use intuitive touch controls to maneuver a mysterious crystal sphere and unlock the mystery. There are no enemies, no bosses and no violence in NightSky.
Combining black silhouettes with vibrant colors and beautiful artwork, NightSky will capture your imagination instantly. Roll through picturesque worlds, each with its own atmosphere, environment and personality. Discover its secrets.
SERENITY THROUGH AUDIO
Experience this world through high-quality ambient audio effects and sounds. Over one hour of professionally composed and produced music (by international musician, Chris Schlarb) will accompany you on your journey.
THE PERFECT TOUCH
Tuned for iOS, NightSky feels right at home on your device. Swipe to play! Alternate controls include tilt and virtual control pad.
NightSky GAME FEATURES:
- Universal binary! Yeah!
- 2D Platform/Puzzle Game
- Advanced 2D physics model
- iOS 5 and 6 native support
- Multiple Game Difficulties (Normal and Alternative)
- Multiple “vehicles”, each with specific uses and controls
- Additional, unlockable secret Bonus Levels
- Original ambient soundtrack by musician, Chris Schlarb
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