SilverTree Media’s Cordy Sky Appears On, Then Suddenly Disappears From, Android Market

SilverTree Media’s Cordy Sky Appears On, Then Suddenly Disappears From, Android Market

Feb 17, 2012

SilverTree Media have become known for releasing their titles first on Android, then later to iOS; this has been true with Cordy, Sleepy Jack, and now Cordy Sky, their latest title, an endless jumper starring the Cordy character who has appeared in the other two titles. The game has some similarities to Mega Jump in the way that it has items that propel the player character further upward, though these tend to be along paths, and are not the entire basis for upward movement. In fact, players have a manual jump button, along with a double jump to use to go further upward. The double jump also pulls in any nearby gears, which can be used to help fly further upward.

The game is freemium, offering a short demo for free, and the rest of the game available as a $0.99 unlock. This unlocks both the rest of the game’s story mode, and an endless mode.

So, want to play this game? Well, too bad. The game is currently pulled from the Android Market. The reasons for this are unclear. SilverTree Media have not said anything publicly about the game, and related Twitter accounts have either said nothing or removed any comments about the game’s release. Attempts to contact SilverTree Media directly have gone unanswered regarding Cordy Sky.

The game does tend to suffer from some slowdown when playing it on the Samsung Captivate, but it runs perfectly fine on the Motorola Xoom, and pulling a game from the Android Market entirely seems odd if device-specific glitches are a concern. The in-app purchase unlock currently does not work at all becuase the game is not available on the Android Market any more, it appears.

There’s plenty of reasons to speculate why this may be the case – perhaps Amazon negotiated an exclusive release and the Android Market release was accidental? Perhaps the game was set to release at a certain date and was accidentally pushed to the store early? There is at least one review of the game that doesn’t mention any kind of fatal bugs, so this disappearing act from one of the most prominent primarily-Android developers is very strange.

Cordy Review

Cordy Review

May 16, 2011

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; I know that it’s not style over substance and I know that beauty is only skin deep. Right now though, I don’t care, because Cordy is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at.

Taking its cues from LittleBigPlanet, Cordy is a platforming adventure with light puzzle elements. You lead the eponymous hero through a gorgeous 3D world, collecting particles of energy to “power up” the level and open the door through to the next one.

You control Cordy by pushing and tapping the on-screen buttons, solving simple puzzles and leaping from platform to platform as you go. There are four levels included in the game, each split into five sub levels, with more available to purchase through an in-app payment system.

It’s difficult to put into words just how good Cordy looks. If you want an app to show off what your phone can do, then this is it. Everything moves seamlessly, the textures look gorgeous and the character designs are excellent. Cordy just oozes quality and charm. The level design is on par with the visuals as well. Each level is full of cogs to collect, some of which you’re going to miss on your first play through, and a simple star rating system ranks your progress as you complete each part of the world.

If you were being overly critical, you might complain that the jump button is a little too close to the side of the screen and that there’s only one, albeit delightful, song throughout the whole game. You might even baulk at the idea of having to buy extra levels, but in the end these are minor criticisms of, what is, a major achievement.

In terms of polish, Cordy is a Triple-A title through and through. It acts as proof to any naysayers that mobile and casual games can be just as impressive as their console based equivalents. It’s fun, easy to pick up and impossible to put down. Cordy is already a classic, get it whilst it’s hot.