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 enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.
A platforming game presents the player with a series of actual platforms the central character must jump to and from to complete a level. With Chillingo’s iOS (s aapl) title Storm in a Teacup, we get classic side scrolling platform mechanics, with graphics and charm that are anything but traditional. For just $1.99 on the Mac App Store, and$2.99 on both the iPhone and iPad, this game offers a lot for very little.
What sets this game apart from other platform games is the meticulous detail on the graphical design of the levels. The style could best be described as a well-crafted scrapbooking project come to life. The main character, Storm, navigates a flying teacup through various obstacles, ultimately collecting hidden stickers that are revealed once all of the sugar cubes have been collected. As you collect these stickers, you can customize the design of Storm’s world by unlocking new outfits, hairstyles and even changes to the teacup itself.
The game is simple, yet slightly challenging to master. You move either forward or back and can give the teacup either a gentle or hard nudge into the air. The physics behind the gliding aspect of the teacup are reliable and consistent. You are however limited in how much ‘umph’ you have available at any give time to propel the teacup backwards or forwards.
You’ll find you’re about halfway through the forty levels by the time you’ve mastered flying in a teacup, at which point the difficulty gets a little more challenging where obstacles are concerned. The real challenge isn’t simply completing every level, but completing every level perfectly and collecting all the hidden stickers. Unique achievements like completing a level without jumping, which are awarded through Crystal and Game Center integration, add replay value to this cute, fun game.