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Green Jelly (iOs) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
7.5
7.5/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Engaging physics based gameplay.

Not so much?


Candy collecting difficulty wall will frustrate some.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Overall though, Green Jelly is a game that is fun to look at and fun to play. While it isn’t a free game ($.99 for iPod, $1.99 for iPad), the fact that it contains no in-app purchases at all completely makes up for the initial investment. With sixty levels already available (and more to come), engaging physics based gameplay, and a very colorful aesthetic, Green Jelly is well worth checking out.

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Posted December 20, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

If Cut The Rope and World of Goo had a love child…..

G5 Entertainment, best known for the variety of hidden object adventure games they bring to app stores everywhere, has just unleashed a new physics platformer for iOs devices, Green Jelly. With a very familiar look and super challenging gameplay, can Green Jelly make your holiday travel must-have list?

If you have ever played the popular mobile game Cut the Rope, then Green Jelly will instantly look very familiar to you. The art style, colors, and even your character are highly reminscent of that game. Throw in the playing style of Angry Birds, and mix in a dash of World of Goo, and what you get is a game that feels old and new at the same time. I am a firm believer in using what works, and that’s really what has been done here. Taking the best parts of some very successful games and blending them into one epic formula is surely a recipe for success, and in a lot of way, Green Jelly definitely gets that right.

Basically, you play as a cute little green blob of jelly, roughly square shaped. You make your way through cute, colorful levels by attaching to red circles placed throughout them. You can reach over to nearby circles and attach, swing from just one, or let go to fall down. Each choice will send your jelly guy swinging in different directions, and by pulling back and adjusting your arc, you can shoot off in various directions. By taking advantage of all of these, you will hopefully make your way through each level perfectly.

To finish a level, you only need to get jelly guy to the door of the gingerbread house, located in different spots in each level. But each level also contains three pieces of candy, located in increasingly difficult tight spots as you advance in the game. You can get past the levels without collecting any candy, but you won’t be able to unlock more areas.

As of right now, there are three different areas available in Green Jelly (also more are promised soon): Cakes, Chocolate, and Waffles, each with twenty levels. This offers a lot of gameplay, particularly as you work to collect each and every candy. Which brings me to the one thing I did not like about Green Jelly. I like a challenge as much as the next guy, and it’s loads of fun to go back and work at getting a perfect score on each and every level. But I like to have a choice in it, and Green Jelly doesn’t really give you that.

You cannot unlock the next area without collecting fully 90% of the candy in the levels. While I like the idea of making you get a good percentage of them, 90% felt a bit excessive for what is otherwise a fun and family friendly game. While I was able to eventually the areas unlocked, having to repeat levels over and over again takes a little of the fun out of it, especially in a game that I consider otherwise really good for my kids. I can see them becoming very frustrated with hitting that end of area wall. Also, in levels which contains rotating red circles, the audio consists of a loud repetitive noise that resembles a siren, and repeated exposure (say, when you have to repeat said levels fifty time to collect that last piece of candy) may cause you to commit unspeakable violence upon your iOs device of choice.

Overall though, Green Jelly is a game that is fun to look at and fun to play. While it isn’t a free game ($.99 for iPod, $1.99 for iPad), the fact that it contains no in-app purchases at all completely makes up for the initial investment. With sixty levels already available (and more to come), engaging physics based gameplay, and a very colorful aesthetic, Green Jelly is well worth checking out.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)