- Luscious visuals; settings for all iDevices up to and including special settings for iPad 2 users.
- Tight touch-based controls; tilt controls available, but pale in comparison.
- Extremely challenging level designs; multiple difficulty settings for casual to hardcore audiences.
- Frustrating progress-wiping bug; all content lost after restarting the iDevice.
- Tilt calibration a bit awkward; can take a couple attempts to feel comfortable.
Easy to pick up gameplay; luscious visuals; and a challenge that scales from casual to serious gamer levels makes Gears the perfect time-waster for your iDevice.
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From classics such as Marble Madness to modern titans like Super Monkey Ball, rolling a ball around a perilous maze isn't likely to leave us any time soon, especially when Labyrinth-style games fit so well with the iDevice's tilt-based control system. Gears by Crescent Moon Games combines visual excellence with some devious level designs, however it's the lack of emphasis on the tilt-controls that makes this a truly enjoyable gaming experience.
While players can turn on tilt-controls, the default setup of touching and swiping the screen is far more suited to the task of balancing along the perilous platforms that make up most of the later stages of Gears. Touching the screen will steady your orb in place, however making a gentle gesture in any direction will move the ball in a likewise manner and larger swipes will accelerate the ball at such a speed that it can defy physics for a moment or two, allowing players to attempt some rather crazy maneuvers. This kind of finesse is incredibly important on the higher difficulty levels as you attempt to complete the levels within a limited space of time. Points are awarded for collecting gears, which are scattered around the level in various dangerous locations and for completing other objectives such as completing the level quickly and blowing up red crates.
More than anything else, the basic storyline provides the setup for the rich visuals of Gears, with the steam-punk inspired clockwork designs dominating the landscape. Visual settings are available to make the game playable on all iDevices, however the highest level makes fourth-gen devices choke a little, making it far more suited to those who own an iPad 2.
Depending on the level of difficulty you set for yourself, Gears can take as long as a solid afternoon or more to complete, though players after high-scores will find some replay value in conquering the higher difficulty levels where the big bonus points are awarded. For a game with roots in moving a marble around a wooden box maze, Gears does a great job of pairing challenging platforming with solid controls and a beautiful environment; a perfect pick up for those after something new to fill their spare time.
Description'Gears is a beautiful, challenging, and epic ball-rolling game. This iPhone genre will never be the same.' - Slidetoplay
Gears - The Apple Game of the Week that was the #1 iPad game in 6 countries!
Kotaku's Gaming App of the Day
TUAW's Daily iOS App
Touch Arcade 'Gears is Gorgeous'
Slidetoplay 4/4 'Gears is a beautiful, challenging, and epic ball-rolling game. This iPhone genre will never be the same.'
The Appera 9/10 'Best Ball Rolling Game on the App store'
PocketGamer - 'Gears looks absolutely jaw-dropping'
iPhone Quality Index Score: 9.1
PocketfullofApps.com 'Best Game on iOS so far this year' 5/5
TouchGen 4/5 - 'If you want a true challenge you can’t go wrong with Gears.'
Modojo - 'Both gorgeous and incredibly thrilling, it's without question one of the App Store's best.'
Nominated for 3 Unity Develop awards
Explore the fanciful world of Gears! A gorgeous 3D physics-based ball rolling platformer that redefines the genre, Gears immerses you into adventure with 3 beautifully detailed worlds of 27 unique and challenging levels. Gears will have you on the edge of your seat for hours of gameplay... this is like no game you’ve ever played before.
Gears features easy gameplay with challenging levels. You control your ball to pick up as many power-points as possible with either a swipe of the finger or through tilting your device. Four difficulty settings will let you perfect your game while trying to beat the best of the best on GameCenter’s Leaderboards.
27 FULL LENGTH LEVELS
Each level is unique and custom designed to delight and challenge you, providing anywhere from 45 seconds to 10 minutes of gameplay per level. You can play with either a time limit to complete each level for more points, or un-timed and at your own pace if you’re just getting started.
3 UNIQUE WORLDS
The Brass Menagerie: A steampunk-themed world that will let you get up to speed at your own pace.
Rivers of Magma: Make your way through the depths of a volcano as you try and collect as many points as possible.
The Cavern of Omens: Discover the many different pathways you can take in a underground cave with lakes, waterfalls, mazes and traps.
Gears is playable for free, with some sections and features available only to subscribers of GameClub Pro, an optional auto-renewing monthly subscription which also removes ads. Besides the GameClub Pro subscription, there are no other in-app purchases in this game.
If you choose to purchase the optional subscription:
- Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. No charge will be made for the free trial period.
- Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
- Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior of the current period, at the cost indicated.
- You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to your App Store account settings after purchase.
- Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
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