The Drop Out ($0.99) by DIGITAL POKE LABS IT SOLUTIONS LLP is a physics-based puzzle game that oozes with adorableness. Don’t let the cute little creatures fool you, though. Knocking over a stack of fluff balls is much harder than it looks.
The goal of the game is to knock the yellow fuzzy creatures from their precariously stacked piles by flinging blue fuzzy creatures at them. To fling the blue guys, players tap in midair on one side of a dotted line. A round, azure ball of fluff will appear. Drag a finger back and arrows will form out of the front of the living projectile. These arrows help players direct the creature better. Once the proper angle and distance have been approximated, let go and watch the wide-eyed blue puffball fly across the screen and, hopefully, knock over the stack of yellow fuzzy creatures.
Players can collect stars on each level while trying to knock down the pile of poofs. More points are earned for less blue creatures that need to be used to push the yellow guys off their platform.
The first four levels are relatively easy. Each one gets more difficult than the last, but only by a small amount. Level five, however is nearly impossible to beat, and the next few after that are even harder.
There are thirty levels in the first world and there are four different worlds. I made it through seven levels before I had to stop because I had been playing the game for hours. At this rate, my grandchildren will be retiring before I make it to the end of the game.
The Drop Out is entertaining and challenging. It is typical of most other physics-based puzzle games, except that it is a whole lot harder early on. The graphics are adorable and the little noises the fuzzy creatures make add to the cute factor. The low cost of $0.99 is the perfect price, especially if you are like me and will still be trying to complete the eighth level two weeks from now. I’d better get back to it if I want to beat level eight before Easter.