Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy over this holiday weekend, at least.
Rope’n’Fly 3 - From Dusk Till Dawn (Free, Universal) is a side-scrolling physics game where the main character swings from building to building with little more than his own momentum to aid him. With Rope ‘n’ Fly, you can begin to experience what it is like to fly through a metropolis as a Spiderman-like superhero. Just keep in mind that unlike a superhero, your character will perish if you are not careful.
Dropping from the sky, you must decide which tower to toss your grappling hook into. Throw your line too close to you and you may not generate the momentum required to jump to the next building. By tilting your device, you can use the accelerometer and swing your character back and forth to gain the necessary momentum to throw them through the air from one building to the next. To do this, you simply tap once on the screen to release the character from the rope, and tap again on a particular point on each building to place the rope exactly where you want it. Throw the line too far away or too low to the ground and you may find yourself landing face first in the street.
There are three different game modes you can choose from. In the 30- and 60-second modes, you see how far you can swing within the given time limit. In the five- and 10-rope modes, you see how far you can swing when using only a limited number of ropes. In the 500-, 1,000- and 2,000-meter modes, you are timed to see how fast you can swing from building to building for the given length. Then there is a free play mode where you can swing at your leisure and use as many ropes as you like, so long as you don’t hit the ground. With each challenge, your best score is ranked against your friends best scores on OpenFeint.
There are also three different difficulty modes: Easy, Normal and Hard. What distinguishes one difficulty level from the next is building height and how far apart each is placed. The farther apart the buildings, the more momentum you need to jump between them. The shorter the building, the less rope you can use to swing with. To mix things up a bit, there are a variety of characters you can choose from, as well as rope styles. The background can be configured to display as dawn, dusk, night or dynamic, which is where the scenery changes between all three lighting modes.
Gameplay is very smooth and the physics behind the swinging, tossing and flying feel realistic. If this style of gameplay and the graphics are something you particularly enjoy, Djinnworks has a few other titles in the App Store like this one. In Wingsuit Stickman for example, you fly through the air like Superman rather than swing from building to building like Spiderman. Who knew that stickmen had such great aspirations?