December 9, 2011
Producing games such as Grim Joggers, Sparkle, and Joining Hands, it's apparent that the team at 10tons enjoys putting unique twists on longstanding genres. Today, the company has rolled out Swingworm, another quirky and cuddly creature game sprinkled with creepy, yet almost adorable villainous monsters. [caption id="attachment_253838" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Attach to helpful flying ladybugs to traverse long open distances"][/caption] Unlike Joining Hands, which is a puzzler, Swingworm is a physics platformer of squirmy excitement. As the story goes, Swingy, a young and energetic swingworm, is out to prove himself by climbing the tallest tree. However, the bullying Big Bug is not going to allow Swingy to proceed painlessly. It is at this point Big Bug offers access to the tree in return for Rubbaberries. Swingy agrees and begins climbing the spectacularly high tree. Swingy is springy, he can stretch far distances given enough momentum to a swing or straight stretch. He can attach to leaves and wood with his teeth or the spikes on his tail. Using your finger in a swiping or dragging motion, move from object to object by bending, swinging, curling, dangling, and weaving Swingy. By the way, the young swingworm isn't courageous enough to let go completely at any point. So, no matter what, he'll remain attached to at least one object; basically, no jumping, leaping, soaring, dropping, etc. [caption id="attachment_253840" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ice makes for a challenge but won't stop this motivated swingworm"][/caption] Because it's such a tall tree, Swingy's journey takes quite a long time and he comes across several other forest creatures and obstacles. At first, Swingy simply gets comfortable with leaves and stable branches. After that, this little swingworm will need to overcome movable wood pieces and eventually ice. When it comes to ice, Swingy can only use his tail to attach, not his mouth. Also along the way, Swingy will get the help of flying ladybugs and need to face some of Big Bug's buddies, which swingworms can knock down with their tail. All in all, it's one crazy adventure. The ultimate goal is to collect all of the Rubbaberries and return them to Big Bug's lift basket. Although, to truly succeed in his mission, Swingy will need to complete each level as quickly as possible to earn a maximum of three gold stars. It will be up to you to choose the most efficient path possible and avoid the bugs. Colliding with bugs, other than with Swingy's tail, results in a five-second penalty. You can monitor the elapsed time and how many stars you will earn in the top-left of the screen. [caption id="attachment_253841" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Take on bonus-style levels where you do not need to return the Rubbaberries"][/caption] Swingworm features: • 95 levels spanning across six episodes • Game Center leaderboards and achievements - One leaderboard per episode and 14 achievements • "Bright, cheery art and a bouncy soundtrack" • Universal: Works on all of your iDevices Swingworm is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $2.99.