Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend - App Review

Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend app for Apple iOS is an addictive replay game with a single minded focus: help your little avatar climb as high as he can go, without going splat. BTW… you will go splat often. This one is highly addictive and loads of fun in shorts bursts. (continued)

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Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend presents in portrait mode to reveal a stark white background, populated with a whole bunch of colorful horizontal and vertical sliding platforms. Your mission, is to help a little avatar guy climb as high as he can go. The guy is pretty relentless with the climbing, and just keeps going and going, not waiting even a nanosecond for you to be ready, or plan a pathway of movement. You just gotta act fast, sliding and moving those differently colored platforms to make way for your avatar, and give him safe places to land. Some of the platforms have jaggies on them, so you’d better help your avatar avoid those. And as you ascend, things get trickier and trickier, so look sharp and keep on your toes, cuz that little avatar ain’t slowing his stride one bit to wait for your slow and sorry ass.
The controls are exceedingly simple and effective, so you can’t blame that when you suck at this game. Just slide and swipe to move your platforms into position, and hope your avatar sticks the landing. The graphics are sparse and iconic, featuring that lone jumper in silhouette, and a bunch of differently colored moving platforms. The look is inviting and encourages play. The animation is clean, with no stutters or hangs, possessing an outstanding illusion of physics and movement. The sliding platforms felt like they had weight, yet moved smoothly. The sounds offer minimal punctuation, placing focus squarely on the play.

Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend app for Apple iOS takes strategy, patience and a little luck to master. This one is wholly immersive and it’s possible to go for real marathon runs here. The game is addictive, fun and certainly held my interest.


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