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Satellina (iOs) Review

 
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Final Score
9.0
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Very simple to pick up and play, but quite challenging to master.

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When you hit the grand tour, it switches up the colors on you but doesn't explain it - slightly irritating.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Satellina is one of those rare games that is super simple to pick up, oh so challenging to master, and loads of fun to play. Satellina is a puzzle game at its heart, deceptively simple in its construction. And that simplicity is really what makes the game as engrossing as it is – there are […]

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Posted January 22, 2015 by

 
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Satellina is one of those rare games that is super simple to pick up, oh so challenging to master, and loads of fun to play.Screenshot-289.7811

Satellina is a puzzle game at its heart, deceptively simple in its construction. And that simplicity is really what makes the game as engrossing as it is – there are no bells and whistles to detract from the core game, just engrossing puzzles and a tricky mechanic that requires steady hands and a quick mind to master. It’s quite basic at first glance, as the entire game consists of only red, green, and yellow circles, arranged in various configurations that undulate and swirl at varying speeds.

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“You” in the game is just a small white plus sign, which you move around by dragging your finger across the screen.  You can either place your finger directly on the cursor and move it that way, or place your finger in a different area so you can better see the action. Either way, the cursor will perfectly mirror your finger’s movements across the screen. Why are you moving all over the place? You need to collect those aforementioned circles.

That basic idea of the game is that you need to collect only the green dots, without touching any of the other colors. Sounds simple enough, right? The problem is, all the dots are mixed together, and moving at a pretty steady around the screen, so sneaking in to get just the green ones can be a difficult process. But Satellina isn’t just a game of quick hands – it’s more about your mind. You need to watch each level to figure out the pattern, and therefore figure out how best to complete the level.

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The red, yellow, and green dots move in a pre-determined pattern that repeats perfectly. Figuring out the pattern doesn’t necessarily mean solving the puzzle will be easy, but it certainly makes you less likely to just die. Once you’ve collected all the green dots, the yellow dots will turn to green, and the red to yellow, until all dots are collected. If you do hit a dot of a different color, the level automatically restarts – but you’ll take a hit in time.

Yep, it’s timed. Every second matters, because you need to finish the levels quickly if you want to unlock another set.  Each set consists of five levels, and you are timed on how long it takes you to finish all five. You need to complete them all in 2:30 to unlock the next branch of levels – and it will likely take you more than a few run throughs to get that. There are ten sets, for a total of fifty levels, and if you master them all you’ll unlock a grand tour which takes you through a slightly different take on the previously mastered levels.

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Satellina is one of those games where people of all ages can enjoy it. It was equally entrancing to my kindergartner and my mother in law, and both begged to play it whenever I’d try to get a few levels in. It requires a blend of skill and cunning that makes for a truly challenging experience.


Amy

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