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Gears. A stonkingly good game and a sumptuous audio visual feast!

Gears by Crescent Moon Games is a 3D physics based ball rolling game that is ideally suited to the iPad. Featuring 3 unique worlds with 27 courses to navigate through Gears is a serious, yet accessible, challenge. In many ways it reminds us of Super Monkey Ball, it certainly has the same basic play mechanics. However, Gears is streets ahead of Super Monkey Ball in every way.

The graphics are rich and diverse and the music beautiful, it's clear that some serious talent and time has been applied the world that Gears inhabits. As you would expect it's particularly pleasing on the iPad 2.

Thankfully, this attention to detail has made its way through to the physics simulation and most importantly the control system. Tilt control is included as an option, but it's the touch control that truly shines! There are times when you have to navigate ridiculously small pathways, often while battling against several forces of nature all of which are conspiring to cast you off a precipice, but at no time did we feel like the control system was to blame for our failure - it's intuitive and rewarding.

As an aside, the first time we played Gears we found ourselves wondering just how spectacular it would be in true 3D. There are times when it's hard to make out the correct pathway because of the vivid clarity of the environmental graphics. When Apple eventually release an true 3D iPad, as we believe they will, Gears would be a near perfect experience.

At just $0.99 (£0.59) Gears is complete bargain.

App Store Link: Gears

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Reader Comments (5)

I tried the game, the vertical view made me dizzy and nauseous. The time to complete each level even on the 'easy' setting is short, and given that the clock keeps ticking means lots of repetition of the same route.

I wanted to like it, but I don't think this is nearly as good as your write up.

Best wishes, Bill

May 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill

That's a shame, I guess it's not for everyone. Thanks for the feedback Bill.

May 21, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I think the graphics, the music, and the controls are all excellent. The touch controls are really responsive and intuitive.

It's the difficulty of the levels that made me give up. It's a frustrating experience, not a fun one.

May 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZak

I does take a far bit of practise, but in our experience the practise really pays off.

May 21, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I don't like the graphical style. Steampunk and rainbows don't really mix. Which is why I didn't buy it.

May 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWeichei

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