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.
Crazy Hedgy ($0.99, Universal) is a motion-based 3D platform game for iOS(s AAPL) that plays more like a marble maze than that other hedgehog-themed console-based game. Only this gyro-controlled little Hedgy has some skills that no rolling marble can match.
There are more than 35 levels to play in the quite immersive 3D world that Hedgy lives in. The goal is similar to all platform games: you start at the beginning, and go to the end, collecting coins and gems along the way. You must guide Hedgy through a series of narrow cliffs, across broken planks and other obstacles high up in the air. Avoiding rolling off or being pushed off the edge is a constant concern. The best part about each of these large levels is that you can see in the distance where you are heading as well as where you have been. Project the game onto a large HDTV using AirPlay mirroring, and you can really get a good feel for the attention to detail that went into designing each and every level.
Along the way you will be challenged by various enemies that will try to either beat you up or push you off the edge. To combat their growing numbers and increasing strength, Hedgy has a series of power-ups that can be purchased for the various gems that are collected along the way. But don’t overlook the coins — they are used to unlock each of the various abilities that you may want to purchase. So, if you neglected to pick up all available coins on a given level, you may find yourself re-playing that level just to collect them all. And for a refreshing change, the coins and gems must be earned, as there are no in-app purchases to taunt you.
The controls for this game tend to make you control Hedgy with a little more precision than other gyro-based games I have played on iOS. You don’t often lose control of Hedgy as the amount of tilting and turning of the device required to move Hedgy around gives you a greater degree of control. There are plenty of narrow passageways that make zero-radius turns with Hedgy a must to avoid getting snared in a trap.
This did, however, lead me to prefer playing the game on my iPhone 4S rather than my iPad 2, which is a rarity for me, as I tend to prefer games on the iPad. One of the game’s strengths is also a minor weakness, and that is how the game re-calibrates the tilt of the gyro at the start of each level. Fortunately, it is very quick and easy to re-adjust and re-calibrate the tilt settings along the way.
The game is challenging enough to keep things interesting, while the controls are easy enough to master that they do not get in the way of enjoying the game. It will be interesting to see exactly where Cybertime takes Hedgy next. There is certainly enough momentum to keep this little hedgehog rolling on to bigger and better things.