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Green Jelly (Mac) Review

 
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Formats: Mac
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Challenging and fun.

Not so much?


A little too challenging at times.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Green Jelly is a truly challenging game that will keep you coming back for more. With a colorful cartoony vibe, easily picked up yet increasingly challenging mechanics, and load of levels to keep you busy, it’s got everything gamers are looking for in a fun, casual diversion. While hiding upper levels behind a pretty strict completion lock seems a little harsh (particularly for younger players), it’s a truly engaging game that your whole family will love.

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Posted July 10, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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G5 Entertainment brings an adorably addictive physics based game to the Mac App Store. Green Jelly is cute, challenging, and sorta familiar looking. But does it have what it takes to get you hooked?

The basic idea behind Green Jelly is simple, and the mechanics themselves are quite easy to grasp (even if the ways you are eventually have to use them usually are not). You command a little green jelly guy, who is seriously jonesin’ for some candy. Unfortunately, his candy fridge is pathetically empty, so it is up to you to guide him through a series of increasingly complicated levels to collect those delicious pieces of sugary goodness.

You can use your jelly guy in a variety of ways to navigate through the levels. There are red buttons in each level that your guy can connect to. Connect to just one, and by pulling back and aiming in an arc, he can fly through the air at an arc or straight, depending upon your angle. Connect to two simultaneously, and you are able to slingshot your guy through various obstacles. Connecting to three can allow you to move from dot to dot without risking full on flight. You can also swipe across a connection to sever it quickly, allowing you to drop quickly (or go from multiple connections to just one) quickly.

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It’s all pretty straightforward, and it doesn’t take too much practice to get it all down. But soon, a series of ever more diabolical obstacles will up the end challenge. Spikes, moving buttons, seemingly impossible to reach candy – it will all have struggling just to get your guy to the gingerbread house door that marks the end of each level – never mind the candy. But, of course, you do need to mind the candy. Each level contains three pieces, and your score at the end is based on how many of those you are able to collect. Not getting all the candy won’t be a big deal at first, but when you reach the end of the twenty stage level, you’ll quickly realize just how many of those candies you’ll need to unlock the next area.

You can go back and play the levels as many times as you need to, and you’re likely going to need to quite a bit as things get challenging. You’ll need to pick up around ninety percent of the candy to unlock the next area, and that is a lot harder than it sounds. While everything else makes the game perfect for kids and adults alike, easily frustrated offspring are likely to be disappointed by the stage locking.

Green Jelly was originally released on mobile, and the swiping and aiming and such worked really well on a touch screen. I am happy to report that it also translates well to computers. The controls respond perfectly with both mouse and trackpad, and if anything, the larger screen makes it a little bit easier to see what you need to do to get through the truly diabolical levels.

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Green Jelly is a truly challenging game that will keep you coming back for more. With a colorful cartoony vibe, easily picked up yet increasingly challenging mechanics, and load of levels to keep you busy, it’s got everything gamers are looking for in a fun, casual diversion. While hiding upper levels behind a pretty strict completion lock seems a little harsh (particularly for younger players), it’s a truly engaging game that your whole family will love.


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)