Pivvot from Whitaker Trebella’s Fixpoint Productions was his Android debut, but the first game he released was Polymer, a sliding puzzle game released in 2012. Now, thanks to porting maestros Noodlecake Games, Android players can take on this puzzler where the goal is to build polymer shapes from assorted connecting pieces for high scores across a variety of game modes. The game is available now on Google Play.
Minimalist arcade game Pivvot has gotten an update with a new game mode, Looper. In this mode, scoring is done solely by completing 360-degree spins in one continuous motion. Thus, timing one’s spin with the flying obstacles becomes the challenge. The mode is available as a $0.99 in-app purchase with the game, though a new Daily Challenge mode has also been added for free. The update is available now for free on Google Play.
Pivvot is nothing if not eye-catching. Its stark graphics and simple gameplay demand attention. But how does it play?
Pivvotâ€™s concept is as simple as it gets. You control a rotating circle that moves along a line. As you move along you’ll see obstacles you need to avoid, lest you crash into them and die. To do so you use very simple two finger controls that rotate your intrepid circle left or right.
While this sounds like an incredibly simple concept, in practice it is extremely challenging. The game starts off simple with easily avoided obstacles such as spikes that only take up one side of the course, but quickly adds in much harder ones that require exact positioning, like lines of small walls that move constantly.
Itâ€™s when these obstacles are mixed together that the gameplay really takes off as youâ€™ve faced with a long line of spinning blades, spikes and barriers that are more than tough to get past. Youâ€™ll die early and often as you smash into yet another perilously spiky protrusion. Fortunately dying only sets you back a small distance on the course, short enough to guard against repetitiveness but far enough that youâ€™ll need more than luck to get past that trickly bit that keeps killing you.
Pivvotâ€™s soundtrack is enjoyable if extremely repetitive. Pumping techno music pulses in the background as you play and everything in the game moves along with the music, giving it an almost hypnotic feeling. I am a huge electronica fan so this music should really appeal to me. Unfortunately, the music just didn’t click with me, and the single track for each difficulty is especially noticeable if you keep dying as youâ€™ll constantly hear the same part of the music. I would appreciate a few different tracks or perhaps a random mix of different tracks.
Pivvot features two game modes, the basic Journey mode where you make your way along a course that is partly randomly generated and partly fixed until you reach the end and an endless mode which is exactly what it sounds like. There are also expert versions of both of these, and an incredibly difficult endless Berzerk mode. Remarkably for a mobile game there is no IAP whatsoever in Pivvot and you unlock new courses only by completing previous ones. This is a breath of fresh air to anyone who is used to being nickeled and dimed by games.
At the end of the day Pivvot is definitely an acquired taste. Its punishing difficulty and minimalist gameplay wonâ€™t be for everyone, but if youâ€™re an electronica fan or just like simple games youâ€™ll likely love Pivvot.
Pivvot is heavily inspired by Super Hexagon, but definitely brings its own unique twist, if I may say that, on the proceedings, by having a ball pivoting around a point on a winding path, avoiding fiendish obstacles. The game was built in Unity, so its presence on Android was a mere matter of time, with only compatibility issues to iron out. There are three graphics levels settings in the options: the Nexus 4 (used in this video) runs great on High, Nexus 7 devices and equivalent may want to go down to medium. The game works the same iether way, just the background visual effects that add a splash to the game are changed.
In this video, I go through half of Voyage, conquer Endless, and take on Expert Endless. I’ve played the game for a while, so don’t thik that it’s easy – it takes a lot of practice to get good at this game! You can download it now for yourself and see if you can take on Pivvot‘s challenges. No commentary on this video – Trebella is an accomplished musician and his soundtrack for the game deserves to be heard in its full glory.