Gears. A stonkingly good game and a sumptuous audio visual feast!
Fri, May 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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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

Update on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 4:39 PM by Registered CommenteriPad Creative

Applicious has just posted an interview with Corey Redlien, the developer responsible for Gears. It's well worth a read. We've also updated the post to include the video review, it's a review of the iPhone version but it should give you a good idea of what to expect on the iPad.

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