Apr 26, 2011
If there’s one thing that mobile phones do well, apart from making calls, it’s action-puzzle games. The bite-sized nature of mobile gaming means developers are constantly trying to cram more and more excitement into every level of their fiendishly difficult creations, turning sedate brain benders into frantic, quick thinking reaction-time testers. We’ve come a long way since Tetris.
Super Medusa is a fine example of this fledgling genre, testing not just your timing and reflexes, but taxing your grey matter as well. A cutesy game in both sight and sound, it casts you in the role of a constantly bouncing jellyfish. Using the accelerometer, you tilt your phone to guide the buoyant Cnidaria in a quest to free its fishy friends, who have somehow become encased in different coloured blocks. You bash said blocks with your head, and once you’ve freed all the fish in a level, you move onto the next.
Of course, it’s not as simple as all that. Your jellyfish can only break blocks that are the same colour as it, which means you’ll have to find the star blocks on each level that let you change colour. Add to that the different varieties of predator that patrol the undersea realm, all of whom will kill you instantly if you come into contact with them, and the game becomes an addictive, frustrating, bobbing joy.
Super Medusa is a lot of fun, mixing elements of classic platformers with a hefty pinch of block-breaking puzzler and a visual style that’s pleasing on the eye but never provides any â€œwowâ€ moments. There are levels enough to keep you entertained, but things do get a little samey sometimes; Super Medusa lacks the visual chicanery that other titles employ to keep your eyes and your mind interested.
This isn’t a game that you’ll lose hours in, but it is one that can easily while away a boring commute or a lonely lunch break. The charming art style and distinctly old school sounds are almost certain to bring a smile to your face, just don’t expect your play time to extend into the wee small hours and you won’t be disappointed.