At the overlap of space adventure puzzle and artistic exploratory fantasy you'll find Breach Entertainment's Shardlands. Intrepid space cadet Dawn is lost amongst the galaxies, and she must collect ancient keys scattered about alien worlds in order to make her way back home.
Move about the worlds simply by tapping where you'd like to walk; a faint path lights up joining your location with your destination, so you can always tell if Dawn is headed for trouble. And trouble you shall inevitably find. Anticipate pitfalls solvable only by manipulating complicated series of platforms, as well as furious alien beasts you must lure to powerful waypoints in order to eliminate. Collect the shard hidden in each of 25 levels in order to pass to the next.
The visuals are optimized for tablets, so bust yours out for this one - they're breathtaking, on par with just about any console/PC game. The depth and detail of the level environments is outstanding; I can't think of another m-game that's impressed me to this extent. If your device isn't up to snuff, there's an option to skim some polygons off the top; likewise, if your device is a regular coupé de ville, you can crank up the complexity to watch the design practically bloom off the screen.
The controls are intuitive, and the atmospheric audio is nothing short of stellar. Puzzles slowly ramp up in difficulty, keeping things engaging without reaching the extremes of either cakewalk or frustration.
For iOS, there are no in-app purchases whatsoever, neither in-app items nor upgrades for which you'll have to shill out real money.
Breach Entertainment's Shardlands is a tour de force of an m-game, hours of immersive gameplay for serious and casual gamers of all shapes and sizes. That's right, a blanket recommendation of high excellence for everyone. Go get lost in space.Developer's original description available here
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Breathtaking journey into an alien world full of mysteries, challenging puzzles and big scary monsters.
"The spectacular visuals, serene soundtrack and intuitive gameplay make it a sure-fire success" - MacUser Magazine (5/5)
"Beautifully atmospheric, gently taxing, and thoroughly absorbing: Shardlands is the kind of mature gaming experience you'll whip out to validate your pastime to non-gaming friends." - Pocket Gamer (8/10)
"For those looking for a slower, atmospheric experience with just the right dash of puzzle flavor, this gets a hearty recommendation." - AppSpy (4/5)
Shardlands is an atmospheric 3D action puzzle adventure game with breathtaking visuals, beautiful soundtrack and fluid gameplay that is designed for touch devices.
Dawn is lost in a desolate alien world trying to find her way back home. She must activate an ancient machine with keys that are scattered around a broken world full of puzzles, monsters and dangerous contraptions.
• Innovative gameplay and controls designed specifically for touch devices
• One of the most detailed dynamic lighting engines ever seen in a mobile game
• Beautiful and atmospheric original soundtrack and sound effects
• 25 challenging levels packed with puzzles, exploration and stealth action
• Full support for retina and widescreen displays
• Running at an incredibly smooth 60 frames per second in full retina resolution on the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad with Retina display
Supported devices with high detail visuals:
iPhone (4S, 5), iPad (2, mini, 3rd and 4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation)
Supported devices with low detail visuals:
iPhone (3GS, 4), iPad (1st generation), iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation)
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