Solipskier Review – Sooo addictive
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Mikengreg LLC
Version #: 1.2
Date Released: 2010-08-29
Developer: Mikengreg LLC
Price: 0.99User Rating:
There are some games you just can’t stop picking and playing every now and then (and sometimes keep you hooked for hours to hours.) Canabalt, Krashlander, Ski on Neon. And Solipskier. (looks like I could make a section with reviews of the best funky skiing games!)
Solipskier is a classical infinite runner with a neat twist. You don’t control the skier, instead you draw snow in front of him (uphills, downhills) where he will speed up as you go down and up. As you speed up you get more points, the higher you jump, the more points. Passing through blue tunnels will rack you up a good amount of points and an insane amount of speed, as well as passing through gates will. Jumping above gates will also give you extra points. As you can see, getting as many points is the only goal. Aside from not dying, of course.
Solipskier is incredibly smooth, and the snow drawing flows perfectly in what would almost be a zen-like experience with heavy metal background music (more on this later.) Of course, it’s not snow all white that glitters, and there are things you have to overcome to get the most points. Which means, you (or more precisely your skier, no need for players dying) can die, and pretty easily too.
The pits in front of you getting infinitely many points are, well, pits where you can’t draw snow over (so you have to time correctly and jump pretty high) and dead zones, where your skier will die if he/she passes across. In addition to this, if you draw snow above your skier, right dead. Which kind of makes sense: snow covered skiers are not usually very responsive or any fast. That’s it, and this makes for an incredibly addictive game. As I have mentioned several times, Solipskier is very addictive, and this is the main selling point for it, and one you have to test for yourself. And I have just mentioned the music in passing!
The music in Solipskier is quite awesome. Old-school just guitar riffing heavy metal that seems to go up and down as you do (it doesn’t, but it feels like.) You can feel the thrill of the speed as the music goes with you. As you get faster your earphones (your skier earphones) will start to drop from the headwind, until there is no music. Quite enlightening: a 10/10 in music.
There are no drawbacks to keep you from buying Solipskier. It is an all-time classic for iOS devices. Because yes, it is a universal app (although it is easier to play in an iPad, since you have more space to draw.)
In short: Solipskier is an all-time iOS classic. If it’s not on your device, you have to buy it.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Ex-addicts to Canabalt looking for a new fix
What I Like:Engaging!
What I Don't Like:Nothing
Final Statement:A great infinite runner
Supports iOS4 Retina Display and iPad resolutions.
Article By ruben
Ruben Berenguel is finishing his PhD in Mathematics while writing in mostlymaths.net about being a 'geek of all trades'. He also happens to be the senior editor in the What's on iPhone network: any complaints go to him!
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