Ever since Angry Birds became the leader on the iTunes charts, we’ve seen Rovio continue to pop out new levels as well as new games such as their latest title Angry Birds Space. Now Rovio is releasing their first game since then that has nothing to do with birds with anger management problems, Amazing Alex.
Amazing Alex is very similar to Casey’s Contraptions (which Rovio purchased the rights to) but with that added Rovio polish. The first thing that comes to mind when describing Amazing Alex is Peewee Herman’s crazy breakfast machine that is made up of many useless moving parts to only get an item from point A to point B. While it may seem pointless to some, the ingenuity that went into that contraption (or any other Rube Goldberg inspired contraption–Myth Busters created a great one) is as amazing as it is creative. However in Amazing Alex, the contraption in each level is missing a few pieces and it’s up to you to figure out what piece goes where and how to use them.
Although you’re technically doing the same thing from level to level, it remains interesting with the abundance of pieces and different point A to point B objectives. One level can be as simple as getting a doll to fall into a basket while another level will be to make sure that you mange to pop all the balloons with darts. This is only a couple of examples, there’s oh so much more that I could mention but you need to play it for yourself.
Arguably (or at least in my head), Amazing Alex’s greatest strength is its social aspect. If you mange to get stuck on a level you can view other peoples’ solutions which’ll give you the answer…but you’ll still have to do it yourself. Then there’s the ability to create your own levels or play levels created by others! With Amazing Alex standard 100 levels and the inclusion of playing player-created levels, it’s safe to say that the fun can be endless.
The Bottom Line: 8/10 (Great)
While Amazing Alex isn’t as addictive as Angry Birds, it brings a fantastic physics puzzle experience.