Capture stars and defeat evil in this physics-based puzzle game.
In Chillingo’s latest puzzle game called Swing King, you play as an unnamed king gathering stars and trying to save your people with a mechanic that feels incredibly reminiscent of one of the most popular mobile games in history known as Angry Birds. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the simple pull back and launch mechanics of Angry Birds is a primary reason the game was so good.
Instead of launching your character and waiting to see what happens, you have more direct control in Swing King. You will be moving pieces of the level around and trying to collect all the stars as you move towards your friend — a flying unicorn — to complete the level. Some of the objects in the level will allow you to grab them and others will bounce you. Your goal is to use them to get the stars and get to the unicorn. The gather mechanic feels a lot like cut the rope, but modified to work within the scope of this game.
The controls in Swing King work quite well. You are dragging your character back and launching him a la Angry Birds. You have to use more finite control to arc him over obstacles. You will also be sliding parts of the level around to catch or bounce your character towards the stars you need to collect to move on. The only difficulty I encountered with the controls was when I had my character hooked to a piece that I needed to move. It proved difficult to distinguish between pulling back my character to launch him and moving the piece on which he was hooked. Small issue aside, the controls work quite well, and easily rival the games on which the mechanics were borrowed.
The music in Swing King could best be described as soothing. Every note feels comforting and relaxing. The sound effects blend seamlessly with the music, and help create a coherent sound experience. Overall, there is nothing bad I can say about the sound. The music and sound effects are both great, and this is one of those puzzle games that you will definitely want to play with the sound on, as it adds to the experience a great deal.
Visually, the game looks fantastic. It comes with a fanciful art style that perfectly suits the odd premise of Swing King. Each of the worlds in the game have their own style, which helps liven up the game and make it feel more exciting. Between the stages, there are beautiful scenes that look great, and help give the game a more complete feel.
Overall, this is a great puzzle game. It is certainly not original, as it borrows heavily from some of the more popular games on iOS. However, it does enough to make the mechanics its own. If you like physics-based puzzle games, this is one that is well worth your time, as it features fun gameplay, beautiful visuals, and a fantastic soundtrack.
Swing King is available now for $.99 as a Universal App. Get it on the App Store.