Sly Fox iPad Review
If you think you've sampled everything that mobile gaming has to offer, but you haven't played Sly Fox, then you still have one more app to tick off the list. Featuring a fox dangling from a propeller, your job is to steer him in his unavoidably wobbly manner across a series of levels, swooping down to grab chickens and drag them back into the sky.
There are two ways to control the fox: you can either use tilt controls to have him veer left and right, or use a virtual stick. We found that the latter offered up a good deal more precision, but it's safe to say that whichever you method you use you'll struggle a little with exact movement. In both cases you'll need to press on the screen to send him into a nosedive so he can scoop up those tasty chickens.
You can also use that swoop button to throw rocks and other objects at the glass panes and wooden panels that protect some of the chickens, Angry Birds-style. Once you've grabbed the item and kept your thumb down on the screen, a directional swipe sends the projectile off and away, clattering its way through the obstacle.
The game's 63 levels are split across three chapters, with the last two introducing some cunning thematic changes to the core gameplay. Forest Flight introduces gamers to the very basics, such as swooping in to grab chickens, and using objects to smash any obstructions.
In the Stealth Bomber set of levels though, you'll need to stay on the right side of a volume meter to avoiding alerting the farm-owner and ending the turn. No easy feat when some of those chickens are holed up in perilous wooden tower contraptions that can give way with just one errant swoop!
As the name suggests, Water Wings introduces water to the puzzles, and you'll need to make sure you dive in quickly to rescue any chickens that are inadvertently knocked into the drink by your antics. Tasty ducks will also dip underwater if you don't grab them nice and quickly.
Each level is a race against the clock and you'll only have a certain amount of time to retrieve every chicken and make off into the night. Finishing up with time on the clock grants an appropriate bonus to your score, and you'll ultimately be rewarded a score out of three stars. The game sadly has a somewhat spikey difficulty curve though, and the physics will occasionally perform badly and force a restart on you.
While we had a lot of fun with Sly Fox, those control issues and sometimes awkward physics took a fair amount of shine off the experience. The game seems ideal for younger children, although they'll likely become frustrated once the easier levels are behind them. Still, if you hanker for a refreshingly different puzzler, we still think you'll get your money's worth from what's on offer.
What's Hot: Fun gameplay and each chapter does a good job of introducing fresh mechanics.
What's Not: Spikey difficulty curve, with occasionally frustrating physics and controls.