• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
         
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

  • REGISTER
ABOUT US
Contact Us Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
BEST GAMES
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Android
FREE STUFF
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Android Competitions
GAME SALES
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Android game sales
UPDATED GAMES
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Android game updates
NEW RELEASES
New iPhone games New iPad games New Android games
MORE PG SITES
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects 2014
MORE SM SITES
AppSpy Free App Alliance 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
PARTNERS
Metacritic
GameRankings
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
GamesTracker
dx.net
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
iPhone  header logo

Storm in a Teacup

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

Earl Great or a load of Rooibos?

Product: Storm in a Teacup | Developer: Cobra Mobile | Publisher: Chillingo | Format: iPhone | Genre: Platform | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.1
 
Storm in a Teacup iPhone, thumbnail 1
The key to a great platformer is tight control. No matter how intelligent or intricate the level design, a game can fall to pieces if guiding your character is problematic.

So it says much about Chillingo’s latest that it manages to overcome its control idiosyncrasies, growing into a compelling and worthwhile challenge.

You play as a young boy with a strange haircut inside a magical china cup, gliding across a series of stages in search of sugar lumps.

Directional arrows move you left and right, while a button gives the cup an upward boost, allowing our curiously-coiffed hero to leap to new heights or clear long gaps.

One jump or two?

The object is to reach a target at the end of each stage having collected as many lumps along the way as you can. Special stickers are secreted throughout the levels, often requiring a series of tricky leaps to get to.

Initially, the pace is fairly sedate, but navigating the environments and hazards that stand in your way is more difficult than it needs to be thanks to the inertia of the cup.

Rarely will it come to a complete standstill, and you’ll need to frequently tap left or right to adjust your position or risk falling to your doom.

A brew to a kill

That the game occasionally seems to misread your commands – moving left when you’ve clearly tapped right – only adds to the frustration, and the timing of the double-jump rarely comes naturally.

Checkpoints and infinite lives ease the pain, however, and after a period of acclimatisation you’ll start to relish the increasingly tough tests. Some inventive environmental puzzles add variety, while the unusual art style provides plenty of visual highlights.

If the limited Survival mode seems like nothing more than a
token addition, the main game offers enough platforming joy to compensate for its early stumbles.

It may not be everyone’s cup of char, but given time to infuse Storm in a Teacup proves to be a tasty blend of classic ingredients.
 
Storm in a Teacup
Reviewer photo
Chris Schilling | 24 May 2011
It takes some getting used to, but stick with this and you’ll find a platformer of real quality
 
Have Your Say
Post a comment - Please log in to leave a comment
Pocket Gamer Biz     PG Login
Login with Facebook Sign in with Twitter
 
POPULAR REVIEWS LATEST COMMENTS
LATEST NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS VIDEO REVIEWS