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Android

Published by Phelios
Price $15.00
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Android from Phelios is classic platform fare. Open the exit by collecting all of the gold, then step through to the next level. There is a time limit on the levels, trampolines, traps and enemy androids that are deadly to touch. To aid you in your quest you can dig a hole in the floor with a bomb. You can jump down the hole or trap enemies so it adds to the puzzle element.

Entering the Vegas world. Up close in the Amazone.

The gameplay evenly divides puzzle and action. Many of the levels need to be completed in a specific way, and some in a specific order because it is possible to get trapped in a corner of a level somewhere. Those pesky enemy androids are hard to avoid and if you lose a life and you have to start the whole level again. Fortunately none of the levels are too difficult, even for those without lightning reactions. What is more, you get a choice of difficulty level.

There is also a competitive two player option, where the other player controls an enemy android. This is a great addition and improves game play a lot if you've got someone to play with.

If your eyes can cope with the exceedingly tiny size, you'll see good graphics and animation. Things sparkle, characters blink, the subtle things that inferior games often lack. There isn't much artistic flair beyond functionality though, the levels would definitely have benefitted from greater variety.

In fact lack of variety is the biggest fault with a game that is fun in all other respects. There are 5 worlds and 20 levels per world but after the first one or two levels, you get to see nothing new. A few more ideas could have made this game really special, but as it stands the game play is average.

The presentation is excellent, the controls are instinctive and easy to use. Android is a game you can pick up and play at any time. You can easily kill a few hours with Android, perhaps a day or two but probably not a couple of weeks.

Graphics 72%
Sound 76%
Playability 64%
Longevity 50%
Overall Score 68%
Bronze Star

Published on 14 Feb 2003
Reviewed by Mark Sheeky

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