Aerox by Synoptical Studios Ltd is one of the coolest gaming apps I’ve, personally, ever played! I’d describe it as a hand held, marble rolling physics game with a peaceful challenge – if that’s even possible! When you first start playing Aerox, you can simply tilt forward to start moving. Tilt the device sideways to rotate the camera left or right. If you hold the bottom right of the screen, it will temporarily lock the camera, making it easier to move sideways. If you hold the bottom left of the screen, it will apply braking to the ball to slow it down. If an object is green, it can be pushed out of your way. You can also rotate the camera by sliding your finger across the screen. When you see a round light, you’re at the end of the level! Roll into it to complete the level. When you play the first level, these things are explained to you, so you get the gist of it pretty quickly!
Something about Aerox is so peaceful! The scenery you’re shown is very Zen! It’s so calming using soft blues and light grays. If your ball drops off the platform, the game ends, and you have to start over from the beginning. You know that feeling you get when you die in any typical game? It’s almost like an “Oh crap! Ahhhh! It took me so long to get that far!” type of a feeling? Well, that’s not how you feel with Aerox when you fall off the platform. Your ball simply falls off the edge and you watch for a second as it falls towards to crystal clear water, but before it hits the water, the game starts over. It’s such a peaceful way to die! Haha! I am somewhat serious…
For the reasons I’ve already stated, but not limited to – I love Aerox! Who wouldn’t love a peaceful physics game? My one and only complaint I have with Aerox is that it only has 30 levels. Each level takes anywhere from one minute up to a max of four minutes to complete. If you were pretty good at the game, even with trying over and over on a few levels, you would still only get a couple hours (total) of playing time on Aerox, before you’ve played through and beat every level. Aerox so awesome; I wish there were more levels! I highly recommend Aerox! It’s completely addictive. You probably won’t stop playing until you’ve beat the 30th level!
iTunes lists Aerox’s features as such:
- 30 original levels.
- Wide variety of puzzles, traps and obstacles.
- Simple yet precise tilt controls.
- Advanced engine technology (normal-mapped lighting, detailed shadowing, reflections, complex physics, etc)
- Enhanced effects for faster devices (realtime reflections, additional glow effects, improved shadows, 60fps gameplay).
- Universal support and graphical enhancements for iPad (Higher resolution reflections & MSAA)