Arctic Escape iPad Review
For anyone that enjoyed Lemmings, Teyon's Arctic Escape will feel instantly familiar and for good reason. It's essentially the same style of game, albeit from a top down perspective. Just because it mimics one of the greatest PC hits of all time, however, doesn't mean this title can't stand on its own.
Spread across eight worlds comprised of 13 levels each, Arctic Escape challenges you to safely guide a group of penguins to a helicopter; as the story goes, an evil scientist abducted them.
To do this, you'll place arrows on the screen that alter their movement, but you'll need to think two to three steps ahead, as the wrong arrow (or slow response) can spell disaster.
All of these penguins move independently in a straight line, but will gladly go wherever you wish. That said, placing an up, down, left or right arrow will instruct them to move in those respective directions; there's also an arrow that makes them jump.
Success involves studying the terrain to make sure the little guys avoid hazards like broken ice, falling cages and hungry wolves. You don't need to rescue all of the penguins to clear a stage, but come on. All for one, and one for all.
How much you enjoy Arctic Escape, though, depends on your device of choice. On the iPad, tapping and then placing directional icons is easy, thanks to the much larger screen. The iPhone version, on the other hand, is a bit tougher, especially if you have large fingers. The developers grant you the ability to zoom, but then you lose valuable pieces of the stage, as well as some of the penguins' locations.
Aside from that one glaring complaint (which is more of a nitpicky issue, really), Arctic Escape is a well-designed homage to Lemmings and a wonderful value, as it costs $0.99 and works for both the iPhone and iPad. Definitely check it out.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Classic Lemmings style puzzles, over 100 levels, universal support, cheery music.
What's Not: Placing arrows on the iPhone version.