Spinner Prologue

Posted August 18, 2008 7:08am


1 of 5 bars
  • PRICE: Free
  • SOUND: 1
  • CONTROL: 3
  • FUN: 2
  • VALUE: 2
SUMMARY: Guide the arrow through the maze using only the accelerometer.

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Ok, ok. So it doesn't look like much. The graphics are minimal. The one sound effect is incredibly annoying. The music is non-existent. But there is something minimalistically zen-like about this game. And surprisingly, it's enough to keep you playing it for at least a little bit.

You rotate the iPhone (in some cases, completely around) to guide an arrow through a maze to reach the goal portal of each level. The challenge is if you touch a wall, you have to start over. The levels ramp up slowly and in no time, you're spinning your phone and diving away from walls. Sounds simple enough, but the game really picks up. Sure, its not a full fledged, incredibly deep game.

What's interesting is that the speed of the arrow isn't something that you control at all. You only control the direction that the arrow is going in. That means that if you get a little too anxious and turn the iPhone a bit early, you'll wind up crashing into that wall that you would have cleared if you ramped up your speed.

Spinner catches you off guard with it's simple charm. It's not a game you're going to be bragging about. And it's sure no Aurora Feint. But for something that you can pick up and just play, it's definitely worth spending the few seconds to download and keep around.