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Splitter Critters review - A game about cutting up the entire world


For: iPhone   Also on: iPad, Steam

And quite a good one at that

Product: Splitter Critters | Publisher: RAC7 Games | Format: iPhone | Genre: Puzzle | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.1.2
 
Splitter Critters is a bit like Lemmings. If Lemmings was about slicing up the whole of the world instead of just figuring out how to avoid bits of it.

And for the most part it works. It gets a bit fiddly from time to time, and the controls don't always work in the way you want them to, but these are minor niggles.

All in all it's a clever puzzler that'll keep you on your toes, even if you do get a bit annoyed at it from time to time.

Cut it up

Rather than controlling the titular critters, you're controlling the titular splitter. You can draw lines on the screen to cut up the levels.

Once you've made a cut, you can slide the parts of the level about. Critters stuck on a high platform? Cut the level and slide the ground up to them.



The aim of the game is to get all of your critters safely to their spaceship. If a single one of them dies, then you need to start the level over again.

As you play, new types of critters are added. Some will jump off platforms rather than just running around on them. Others will smack the grizzly little chompy monsters that want to eat your aliens.

The game adds enough variety as you play that you're not wanting for more things to do. And the levels are designed well enough that they're challenging, but never super frustrating.



There's a lot to do here as well, with plenty of new challenges to unlock as you play. The only problem comes in the shape of the controls.

Sometimes you'll move when you want to slice, or slice when you want to move. There's an undo button which gets rid of your last action, but it still gets a little annoying.

Slicey nicey


In the end though, it's not a deal breaker. There's still an awful lot of fun to be had here. And there are some moments of brilliance. Figuring out what you're meant to be doing always results in a little cheer as well.

It might not be the greatest game on the App Store, but there's enough going on here that it's still worth checking out.
 
Splitter Critters review - A game about cutting up the entire world
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Harry Slater | 30 January 2017
A game that does things differently. And while it doesn't always work out, it's still worth some of your precious time
 
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