- Innovative movement system complete with tactile sound effects.
- Hats (everyone loves hats)! Head bobbing level music.
- Sometimes the physics engine mixed with the controls ends up being a tad baffling.
- A wider area to play around in would have been welcome.
An enjoyable little physics platformer that doesn't cling to the traditional way of doing things (see what I did there?).
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Instead of a platformer, Cling is amusingly referred to as a 'pegformer', and this is as accurate a description as any. As a capsule toy in a vending machine, you get stuck on your way to the hands of a small child, and now your squid-y tendrils must navigate the pegs, clear the hazards, and reach the end of each stage safely.
There are two control schemes that you can switch between with a simple shake of your iPhone. The first is a system where by touching the screen in the direction you wish to travel, Edgar the octopus will crawl that way as long as there are pegs (while the other scheme creates a joystick in the corner of the screen). There is sort of a momentum system to travel, as the longer Edgar runs about the faster he goes, and this allows him to cross gaps of pegs, grabbing onto a separate group if you've built up enough steam to cross the gap. Often you will have to jump in an angled direction, sort of an 'up and over', and while the physics systems does have it particularities (especially when it comes to the green repelling pegs and the slingshot clusters), most of the time you'll find travel enjoyable, especially with the sound effects accompanying your movement.
The levels are quite small though and due to how enjoyable the movement is, larger areas to explore would have been nice, but this really is one of those nitpicks that could be said of many iOS titles that have an enjoyable play style but have to design towards a player only being able to play for a minute or two, and I guess it could be argued that we enjoy these systems more because of our brief time with them. It's like a song with a great chorus that only plays once or twice, so you have to replay the song over and over again to experience your favorite part.
So if you're looking for something a little different in the physics platformer genre, Cling might be worth a look. It contains unique control and movement, at least more than most games in the genre, and has a certain charm that excuses the oddities inherent in its systems and level designs. It also uses hats as a customization tool. Gamers seem to love hats. I don't really know why.
DescriptionHOLD ON TIGHT! Help our heroic wall-crawler, Edgar, escape in this cute but challenging physics puzzle pegformer!
Cling! is an exciting and action-packed, first-of-its-kind "pegformer" that stars Edgar, a small sticky octopus toy who has just received the rare honor of having an owner! Unfortunately, his capsule breaks on the way out of the vending machine and he is now trapped! Can you help him gain sweet freedom and avoid certain death at the hands of popular video game hazards such as spikes, falls, and the always dreaded electricity?
***Over 100 custom levels have been created and uploaded by our players! Join in on the fun!***
What the Critics Think:
“If you love platformers, puzzles and cute things, then this game is for you!” - AppAdvice.com
“I think that this is, quite possibly, one of the most unique mobile device games I’ve played.” - PopCults.com
“it’s all put together in a fashion designed to shine on the touchscreen.” - Forbes
UNIQUE PHYSICS BASED SKILL CHALLENGE
Master the challenges of this brand new genre of gaming: The Pegformer!
90 WALL CRAWLING LEVELS
Learn the ropes and hone your skill as you assist Edgar in escaping the vending machine and making his way into the arms of his new owner!
Graphics that will make you saw "AWWW" while the levels make you say "ARGH"!
CREATE YOUR OWN CHAOS
Create your own devious levels using the Cling! Level Editor!
BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR
Share your custom levels over the web for the whole world to see!
CUSTOMIZE YOUR WALL CRAWLER
Choose from an assortment of colored crawlers and hats to customize your game!
CONQUER THE VENDING MACHINE
Once you finish the game, fine tune your runs to earn gold medals on every level and compete on leaderboards!
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What's New in Version 1.05Added a new feature: If you are tired of watching Edgar getting punished when he hits those nasty spike pegs and electric blocks, just tap the screen to skip the animation!
Also: Bug fixes!