Another combined app review slash deal this evening (check out MotoHeroz, if you haven’t already), this time in the form of Feed Me Oil.
The Chillingo puzzler is currently riding high in the App Store’s Top Free Apps section, and with good cause. See, Feed Me Oil is a) usually 69p and £1.49 for the iPhone and iPad versions respectively, and b) really good.
So what’s the deal in Feed Me Oil? Essentially we’ve got leaking oil pipes, and we want to avert ecological disaster by redirecting the oil into the mouths of these, uhm, weird creature things.
In order to perform said redirecting of leakage, Feed Me Oil assigns you a variety of objects in each level. Among others, there’s the basic platform, along with a fan, spinny circle thingies, and magnets.
Needless to say: there’s the obligatory three-star rating system, with rating determined by the number of unused objects once you’ve filled the creature’s mouth with a target volume of oil.
That, in a nutshell, is how Feed Me Oil works. Sounds good, right? And it is; but it’s also an incredibly deceptive little game.
On the one hand, Feed Me Oil is completely laid back. There are no time constraints, and no penalties for retrying. It looks great, and there’s a lovely little soundtrack accompanying the action.
But don’t be fooled. Feed Me Oil is easily one of the most challenging puzzle games I have ever played. I like to think I’m a relatively intelligent guy, but some of the early levels took in excess of 15 minutes to figure out.
However, Feed Me Oil is quite open about its difficulty, and as such offers hints. Every 30 seconds, you can tap the question mark to reveal where a particular piece goes. If you’re particularly desperate, you can pay 69p to remove the 30-second time limit.
If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can pay a further 69p to unlock Feed Me Oil’s Antigravity Mode, which invites you to play through the game again with inverted gravity. Good luck with that.
And that’s Feed Me Oil. Simultaneously soothing and brain-meltingly complex.
- Plenty of levels
- Looks and sounds great
- Occasionally unintuitive
- Perhaps too hard for some
Summary: Feed Me Oil is a fairly laid back, but incredibly challenging, puzzler. If those Hints weren’t there, I’d probably still be stuck on the first world.
Requirements (iPhone): Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Requirements (iPad): Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.