Pivvot Review – Frustratingly Amazing

On November 27, 2013

App Type: Uncategorized

Pivvot Review – Frustratingly Amazing

Our rating:

By: Whitaker Trebella

Version #: 1.20

Date Released: 2013-10-17

Developer: Whitaker Trebella

Price: 2.99

User Rating:

It’s rare to see a game that irritates as much as it pleases. It’s even rarer to see a game that irritates while it pleases. Pivvot achieves a harmoniously annoying blend of both.

In Pivvot, players take control of a little blip racing down a preset pathway while a rotating ball hangs outside of it. Along the way, the ball crosses paths with obstacles and it’s up to the player to dodge these obstructions by rotating the ball through tapping the screen. It sounds really easy, but it’s in truth insanely frustrating. Pivvot also showcases multiple game modes, each in successive difficulty and meant to be unlocked in consecutive order.

It’s amazing how such a simple game can prove to be so addictive.

The game graphics are so simplistic even a 3 year old would be able to draw them. However, coupled with thumping beats and flashing colors, the thematic scheme of Pivvot as a whole really sets the stage for an adrenaline rush. I was dazzled and literally had my eyes glued to the screen.

Pivvot costs $2.99, which is somewhere in-between for an app of this caliber. It’s an amazing experience that can be enjoyed by pretty much everyone young and old, but I personally believe the game still has little touches to polish up on. Interesting additions would be real time multiplayer races, which can potentially add an entirely new dynamic to the game.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:It's easy to work the game, but levels get insanely terrifying later on.

Who Is It For:Everyone

What I Like:The game is wildly addictive but yet simple to execute

What I Don't Like:Lack of multiplayer

Final Statement:I'd give this the thumbs up

Read the Developer's Notes:
Pivvot is a thrilling game of strategic avoidance that will consistently test and challenge your ability to make quick, impulsive decisions.

As the game progresses, you will have to rely on your instincts and problem-solving skills to navigate down the winding path for survival. With its intensity, minimalistic design, and puzzling logic, Pivvot is sure to keep you guessing at every turn.

• Voyage: Travel through increasingly challenging levels of obstacles
• Endless: Survive as long as possible while the game gets progressively faster
• Expert Voyage: Uncover new, more challenging obstacles
• Expert Endless: Avoid the expert obstacles as the increasing speed tests your limits
• Berserk: The ultimate challenge: chaotic, frenzied, and unrelenting
• Random Endless: like Endless but random and faster!
• Random Expert Endless: like Expert Endless but random and faster!

• Increasingly challenging gameplay with thirty different obstacles to conquer
• Five unlockable game modes
• Procedurally generated path: every game is different!
• Four custom-composed, high energy songs
• Simplistic, minimalistic art style and gameplay
• Universal support
• iCloud syncing between devices
• No in-app purchase
• GameCenter and Facebook leaderboards
• Share replays of your game via Facebook, Email, or Twitter


"The game is undoubtedly worth its asking price and if you're looking for an arcade-style thrill that is instantly accessible, Pivvot is for you."
— Mike Wehner, TUAW

"This game really caught me by surprise... This is an example of what I like to see in a mobile game."
— Justin Davis, IGN

"Pivvot is one of the best games I’ve gotten my hands on for this year so far. It’s delightfully simple, catchy, and challenging, yet it’s so addictive — you’ll keep coming back for more, even when it gets difficult."
— Christine Chan, AppAdvice

"If you like minimalist arcade games with airtight controls—and you don't mind tearing your hair out from its roots—do try Pivvot."
— Mark Brown, Pocket Gamer

"I'm already finding myself trying, retrying, and then retrying again to make it just a wee bit further than my last run in Pivvot, so I think Whitaker is on to another winner here."
— Jared Nelson, TouchArcade

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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