Gameplay: You fly an Air Disc around a puzzle course and your overall aim is to get to the finish point. On your way there you collect different gems – collecting all the items gives you a special level completion status. There’s also a health bar which limits the number of times you can touch enemy robots or walk hover over land mines.
Easy control interface with an on-screen D-Pad on the left hand side, and a jump button on the right.
When you first start you’ll spend your time getting used to flying the air disc. There’s quite a lot of realism put in, so you’ll have to think ahead with your thrust direction to get the air disc momentum correct. After that, the game is a bit like Chip’s Challenge: so you go jumping around triggering pressure pads and pushing blocks to open laser gates.
Nice parts: The graphics are clean and the feel of the game is smooth. Sound effects are quite funky. The level designs are intricate, and the concepts are well thought out.
So why do I say it’s like Chip’s Challenge? Well, I remember that in that game you couldn’t be too irrational with your actions, and infact sometimes you needed to be very precise with your moves. Same thing here: one wrong move and you may need to start the level from the beginning.
Verdict: 3/5 I like the concept, I think its fresh and there’s a lot of potential in Airdisc. There’s not that many levels at the moment, but you can get a bit of gameplay if you aim to get the 100% achievements.
My reason for the average score is because the whole momentum hovering, skilled platform jumping and deadly puzzle elements put me off somewhat. There are only 11 levels, but after the sixth level, I had already lost the patience to try and get the top achievements. I just wanted to get to the end of the level. Although the level designs are intricate, there seems to be an imbalance in level lengths and difficulties. It seems like you’re slapped with a long hard level all of a sudden – which initially just feels quite annoying.
The file size is about 3.7MB, but there’s not move to SD card feature -such a shame.
Final words: Airdisc is a nice concept game, and I’m sure people could play through the first few levels. So do give it a try if you want something a bit different. Also, if you’re in a good mood, and have the patience and willingness to fly a hovercraft or chopper very accurately, then this game is for you.