Robots, Mad Scientists, time travel and …cats. Time to check out this puzzle game from Connect2Media on the Iphone and Ipod Touch.
Nik, the janitor robot aboard a research lab in space, has a lot of work to do. After an experiment goes horribly wrong, all of the equipment in the research lab goes haywire, resulting in trapped scientists and wandering felines. Its up to Nik to rescue these scientists, and save the cats. But surely this is too much for a simple janitorial robot to manage alone?
Luckily, Nik is in possession of a handy warping device that will allow him to go back in time and work alongside copies of his past self to save the scientists, rescue the kitties and fix the research lab. Work through all 32 fiendish levels to return the lab to its former state.
Gameplay follows a simple concept. Nik needs to open a door and save the scientist on the other side. If he can pick up some cats along the way, that would be great. This is achieved by dragging Nik to interact with various items, or picking up equipment, and then dragging Nik through the open door to the scientist. Some of the doors require more than one interaction, which is where the timeloop comes in. Start the level by moving Nik over to work on a console, for example.Â Then, when the timer has counted down, the level starts again. This time there is a ghost Nik, doing what you just had Nik do, leaving the current Nik to work on something else. More often than not, the game comes down to timing, and this is where it becomes difficult. The player has to work out the timing of the first Nik to allow enough time for the second Nik to do whatever he needs to do. As the levels become more difficult, the timing becomes more and more precise. There are a limited number of timeloops available on each level, preventing you from summoning a horde of Nik replicas.
The controls for the game are not as precise as I would have liked, but that’s a minor problem. The difficulty level rises at a nice rate although the later levels become incredibly hard. Also, because a lot of the game is trial and error, the later levels will require numerous failures before the solution becomes apparent. This can be frustrating, and may prevent a lot of people from completing the game.
The games cute visuals and matching sounds give the game an instant appeal, and the concept provides something new for the Iphone puzzle lovers. A lot of fun.
Timeloop is available from the Itunes store for Â£0.59