For: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad with 4.0 or later
Sphoxie by Olivier Archer is all about a spiked ball that goes along eating cubes in a strange world.
This game looks a lot like Marble Blast, but has its own storyline and gameplay. You’ll play a little blue spiked ball – Sphoxie – who gets sucked through a time portal and has to make it through different worlds, eating colored cubes as he goes.
His main goal is to eat as many cubes as possible in as little time as possible, getting through each level before the time runs out. He especially loves the red and yellow ones.
You’ll have to work your way through each suspended level, without falling off the edge or running into a blockage or obstacle of some kind. When you make it to the end of each level, you’ll earn up to six stars. The time it takes you to get through, plus the number of cubes you eat, will dictate how many stars you earn.
Sphoxie is Game Center integrated and you can strive to make it onto leaderboards and to beat your friends’ high scores. There are 24 levels, three boss fights, and three different worlds to play.
To play, you can either slide your finger along the screen in the direction you want Sphoxie to roll, or you can use your thumb as a virtual joystick. In the first way, the farther you slide your finger from the ball, the faster he will roll. It depends up to your preferences when it comes to how you’ll play.
The game has a retro look, but it’s polished and ready for current day.
Sphoxie was released in November 2012 and as yet, has not received enough customer ratings for iTunes to display an average. There are no feedback comments yet either.
I really liked this game. It takes a bit to get used to the gameplay with using your finger or thumb, because to use your finger you kind of have to block the screen, and the joystick control is awkward as well, but I liked the game, nonetheless.
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