To-Fu: The Trials of Chi iPhone Review

Turns out, Xbox 360 fanatics can keep Super Meat Boy. Us iPhone and iPad users would rather hang with To-Fu, a tough as they come martial artist that just so happens to be the most flexible hero in video game history.

His App, The Trials of Chi, is a puzzle platformer that tasks you with guiding To-Fu through 100 expertly designed levels while collecting as many blue orbs as possible.

Thing is, you don't control him with a d-pad. Instead, you slingshot To-Fu through each stage, pulling back on the malleable Kung fu master and then letting him rip.

Doing this, of course, is easier said than done, since the game's stages come packed with a variety of dangerous obstacles, such as spikes and lasers; one hit and he's dead.

You must also gauge the proper angles before launching him through the air, as well as identify the different surfaces. Metal for example, causes him to ricochet, while brittle pieces of stone quickly crumble after being touched.

All of this makes The Trials of Chi a well thought out and fun game that'll keep you busy for hours. That said, having to cough up $2.99 for the HD version while the standard edition is $0.99 is a bit of a let down.

That criticism aside, you should still welcome To-Fu to your virtual dojo.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.

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What's Hot: Combines puzzle and platform gaming, likeable hero, user-friendly slingshot controls.

What's Not: HD version costs extra.