Oct 18, 2012
Physics-based games appear easy from afar but is actually harder than one expects. With Jellyflop‘s wholesome and humorous approach, it’s even more difficult to take it seriously. But this game is serious despite its sillyness. Jellyflop may be yet another incarnation of too many games which need gravity as a villain, but it somehow manages to stand out and thoroughly entertain anyone who’s up for a fun yet mindful challenge.
In this game, the player has to help Jelly collect feathers so it can fly. Yes, this jellyfish ultimately wants to fly, but it can only bounce around for now while it gathers enough feathers. Jelly needs to be maneuvered towards the feather by drawing lines. Unlike other physics game where the objects are fixed and the player is limited only to position them, Jellyflop allows the player to draw the lines before deciding where to put them. This is something new that the game offers and it proves to be a welcome change.
As in any puzzle game, the player has to complete stages to advance to the next world. The game has a few worlds, but with lots of levels for each. It’s necessary to collect at least one water droplet on each level to unlock the next stage. Water droplets also serve as money in this game, and they can be used for purchasing items for Jelly.
The real challenge of the game is knowing where to draw lines and how long or short they should be. One clever rule with this game is the limited length of lines you can draw, as indicated by a meter on the bottom left corner of the screen. This forces the player to really think twice before drawing just any line.
Gameplay is extremely simple, which involves drawing lines across the screen and then pressing the Play button on the bottom right corner. If the first deployment is unsuccessful, the player can hit the Stop button (where the Play used to be) and try again. Performance is smooth and went without hitches, and with high quality graphics, that’s all anyone can ever ask for.
Achievements come in the form of stylish hats, which are unlocked as the player completes certain levels in the game. Some hats are merely decorative, while others provide Jelly with added moving abilities. This may not be too obvious in the beginning, but as one plays the game it becomes clear that there is a difference with the way Jelly moves depending on which hat it’s wearing.
One of the reasons this game stands out is its attractive graphics with cute characters (even the shark looks friendly) and vibrant graphics. This overall kid-friendly design makes it a safe game for young children to play, particularly those who are just learning about gravity and physics.
Sharing options include Facebook, Twitter and a leaderboard hosted by the game developer, Concrete Software. This game is ad-supported, with an option to remove them.
Jellyflop is a cool new physics game that adds a bit more creativity for the genre and playing it feels refreshing and fun.