Feed Al: A Finger Physics Odyssey Review for iPhone and iPod Touch

By on Dec 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Out in space, a green alien called Al Newton is ever hungry for stars. PressOK Entertainment is now inviting you to participate in Feed Al: A Finger Physics Odyssey. Through PlacePlay, you can compete with friends and others near you in guiding Al’s collector around various blocks and obstacles to pick up as many stars as possible. Be careful though. You better not let his collector get lost in space.

Review
Feed Al: A Finger Physics Odyssey for the iPhone and iPod Touch is PressOK Entertainment’s latest physics puzzler, partly styled after their earlier games, Finger Physics: Finger Fun and Finger Physics: Thumb Wars. Gameplay in Feed Al is significantly different, however. For one, you won’t be able to select specific levels to solve.

Your objective in Feed Al is to get through as many puzzles as you can while collecting the maximum possible number of stars. You’ll then be rewarded with points and coins, which you can use to buy boosts, which work like special power-ups to further help you in the game. The tutorial does a good job of guiding you through the basics. You are given movable blocks to place, so as to help guide the collector. Different blocks have different qualities. For instance, glass blocks may be broken with a tap, purplish blocks with arrows will make the collector bounce, and yellow and black striped blocks will destroy your collector. In each game, you are given three lives. Each time you restart a level or lose your collector (to space or to the yellow and black blocks), you’ll lose one life. The game will end once you lose all three lives. Sometimes, you’ll also have to pick up a key in order to unlock the next level within a particular game.

If you wish to compete against others in PlacePlay, you’ll be asked to allow the app to pinpoint your location. You’ll then be shown various nearby locations that you can physically go to in order to start a match. Should you not be anywhere near these areas, you can also compete in the general “universe”. Optionally, you may connect to PlacePlay via Foursquare, a social gaming network.

Feed Al: A Finger Physics Odyssey is lots of fun, just like the other Finger Physics games. With randomized levels, you’ll be unlikely to get the same sequence of puzzles, although I did spot a few repeated puzzles after playing several times. According to the app description, the game contains hundreds of levels, so you could probably continue playing again and again without getting bored. On the whole, Feed Al is a fabulous physics puzzler with excellent graphics and addictive gameplay that will keep you wanting to come back and challenge yourself to collect more stars and clear yet more puzzles.

Tips
Watch out for the sides of the screen; if there are no walls, the collector could jump out into space and you’ll lose a life. It is probably better to miss a star or two than to fail a level.

Recommendation
Feed Al: A Finger Physics Odyssey is a great buy for all fans of physics puzzlers, especially those who have enjoyed any of the other Finger Physics games. At only $0.99 in the App Store, there’s little reason not to try this one.

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Note: A promotional code was provided by the creator for use in this article.

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