Crow ($4.99) by Sunside Inc. is unlike anything you’ve ever played. Soar across gorgeous landscapes and follow the dark, mysterious plot through the not so ordinary life of a crow.
Just yesterday I believed strongly that crows were nothing more than pesky, ugly, annoying bunches of feathers. After playing Crow, I’ll never think of these creatures the same way. What Sunside Games has brought to the table is more than just another exploration game, they have created a masterpiece.
At first glance you cannot possibly deny the sheer beauty that Crow possesses. It is no exaggeration when I say that Crow’s visual presentation is unprecedented. Everything from the color scheme, to the animations, and even the sounds mesh together in near perfect unison.
To build on the graphics, Sunside Games has developed a truly intuitive control method. As you fly around the landscape a simple touch and drag with one finger will steer the crow, while pinching outward will give you a close up of the ground. Likewise, pinching inward will give you a birds-eye view of the entire area. While in birds-eye mode you can teleport to any given location on the map with a tap.
Gameplay is also solid and gets rather complicated as you progress through the game. Put simply, your goal in Crow is to search for and defeat ancient guardians that are terrorizing the crows. These guardians dwell in varying locations and range from ghosts and owls to scarecrows and possessed trees. Each guardian confrontation is the equivalent of a boss battle in other games, and they progressively increase in difficulty and complexity.
Apart from the guardian battles, there is quite a bit of exploring to be done in each landscape. In each map there are several crystals that are hidden until you fly close to them. After you uncover a crystal, it can be collected with a tap. These crystals act as an in-game currency that you use to upgrade your various skills. Also, there are 18 Game Center achievements to earn, some of which unlock special skills for your crow.
All things considered, Crow is one of the best games I have ever played. Fluid controls, intriguing gameplay, a deep storyline, and good action are just a few things that Crow has going for it. There is so much more to Crow than I have covered here, but I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I would definitely recommend that you give Crow a try. It has more than earned my seal of approval.