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Globosome: Path of the Swarm Review

By , on May 23, 2014


Globosome: Path of the Swarm
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Accurate gyroscope controls
  • Beautiful world to explore
  • Sweet silent story

CONS

  • Jumping can be fiddly
  • Larger swarms prove unwieldy

VERDICT

Generating a beautiful world with which to interact, Globosome: Path of the Swarm is a joyful experience with only a few minor niggles holding it back from perfection.


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There is something joyous about you first moments with Globosome: Path of the Swarm. Controlling a small spherical creature named Globo, you roll through a vibrant green world, gathering you orb-like buddies as you go. 

You control Globo by tilting your device. The accuracy of the gyroscope is fantastic, making the constant corrections you have to make as you trundles over uneven ground easy and instinctive. Nowhere is this accuracy more important than when navigating the mountainous rocky paths that sit high above the clouds. Here, the slightest error can send Globo plummeting to his death. Luckily, the precision the tilt controls allow mean that when death comes, you only have yourself to blame.

Even in more down-to-earth areas, you can't let your concentration slip. In the verdant jungle areas you find yourself controlling a small swarm of Globo’s mates. All of the creatures move as one, with a tap of the screen causing them to spring into the air. Some areas require you collect a set number of creatures to move to the next zone. Unfortunately, jumping between plant leaves frequently sees you leaving some behind. This is okay for a short detour to collect an item, but leave one for too long and it will perish.

Hopping your way up floral staircases is especially difficult because, while the gyroscope is responsive, the jump feels a littlke sluggish. Trying to guide a swarm of five creatures to a new plateau is an excruciating process, as invariably one isn't moving fast enough, while another overshoots the target. This slows the process of navigation, bogging down the joyous sense of exploration you feel when the game’s at its best.

Globosome: Path of the Swarm is a delightful game of exploration, which tells its simple, wordless tale with skill and affection. Despite a complete absence of voice acting or dialogue, the tale feels poignant thanks to Globo’s charming animations and expressive squeaks.Though its momentum based movement clashes at times with the occasionally stodgy jumping, that shouldn’t put you off grabbing what is a genuinely delightful mobile experience.

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