By Marcus Eckert
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For a marine mammal, the hedgehog spends a disconcerting amount of time on land. What do they want, what are they up to?
Hedgehogs are troubled spirits, and yet, they never fail to entertain the masses with their acrobatic feats. Many people don't know, however, that hedgehogs aren't born this way. Hedgehogs need to be trained and molded into the tiny, fiscally responsible acrobats we know and love.
That's where you come in.
Train your hedgehog in more than 40 challenges and keep his cunning mind from veering. We will give you a sensible amount of ropes (11) and 6 special powers, like the ability to deploy a parachute, control the wind or summon a vortex. Your challenges will change with the nature of those powers.
So, crash those orbs as fast as you can, collect those stars and keep track of your performance with built-in stats. We will even let you tweak the rope physics, because we're not just accomplished scientists, we're also human.
You might encounter detailed animation along the way. But don't fall for it. It's designed to fool you into empathy.
What's New in Version 1.35
new: iPad support, iCloud syncing (iOS 6), small improvements, tiny bugs squashed
previously: much better tilt or touch controls, better guide
Looks vs. Gameplay
I've been playing this for a while now, and I've gotta say, this game looks absolutely amazing. The design is really well done and I commend the developers for such a unique and beautiful presentation. However, the actual game doesn't fly so far. It's addicting at first, but as soon as you're at the point where you're stumped on the challenges, the game becomes frustrating. There should definitely be improvements on the functionality of the game because sometimes the missions seem practically impossible. This app has so much potential, but it needs to improve. I've been stuck on Sparrow for forever....
Edit: I changed my review to 5 stars. This game is absolutely brilliant. Of all the games I've played on a phone, this game is the most aesthetically appealing and unique. I haven't played this game in a while, but for some reason I keep coming back to it. I've finally moved pass Sparrow and have come to love the functionality of the game. There's simply nothing like it. It truly is a beautiful game, and once you get a hang of it, Wide Sky is a spectacular app to pick up and play.
tl;dr: It's 2015, and I still play this game.
A very polished, but hard to understand game
I can see all the details the developer took care in creating - the transitions are seamless, the art direction is beautiful, and the core game mechanics are addictive. The problem for me, is I never quite know what I'm doing, the UI is very minimal, with little to no text - I'm all for discovery and user curiosity, but perhaps a little more hand holding is necessary, especially with concepts in menus - what your score means, how to unlock more ropes, are there more levels? The ingame tutorial is fine, that got me up and running in no-time (though the quick vs in-depth option I still don't get. And i kind of felt dumb for picking the 'wrong' option at first.)
My other critique is I want to be able to control where the rope gets thrown, it seems like there is a pattern to where it comes out from the spinning hedge hog, but it's never where I want it to. I'm sure that is suppose to be part of the charm, but I find it frustrating.
I do look forward to updates as this game evolves. I do think its special.
I still dont get why are people having so much trouble controlling the little hedgehog. If you dont know how, go to the title screen, slide your finger from the settings icon upward and turn the "game guide" on. Is as simple as that. Even my 4 and 5 year old daughters learned how to play it by themselves. If there's one thing I learned from my gaming experience is that if you dont know how to play it, READ THE FREAKIN INSTRUCTIONS!!!
Well, enough talking about the stupid haters. The game itself is great. I love the mechanics you used and it's very pretty to look at and very appealing to the eye. My kids love this game. Hope to see more games from you man. Keep up the good work.