July 12, 2012
Like a carefully calibrated Rube Goldberg machine, Amazing Alex has arrived in the App Store right on schedule. Based on the now defunct iOS game Casey's Contraptions, Amazing Alex is Angry Birds creator Rovio's first foray into fowl-free gaming. Just like its bestselling predecessor, Amazing Alex boasts physics puzzles galore. But this time, the gameplay is not a simple matter of hurling something into a soon-to-be-destroyed structure. Rather, in true Rube Goldberg fashion, there will be much bouncing, popping, ricocheting, bashing, and crashing of different objects. These objects, which amount to no less than 35, are used by Alex in creating complex contraptions to perform simple tasks. These tasks range from cleaning up his room to battling cardboard robots in his backyard. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. As announced in the trailer above, in which Alex configures various thingamajigs into an automated baseball pitcher, Amazing Alex features 100 levels with free updates. What's more, players can "play, create, and share" (à la PlayStation's LittleBigPlanet) their own custom levels. Amazing Alex for iPhone and Amazing Alex HD for iPad are available now in the App Store for $0.99 and $2.99, respectively. Is Amazing Alex a worthy follow-up to the hugely successful Angry Birds franchise? Check back later for our full review of the game.