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Best iPhone games: Wimp: Who Stole My Panties
Also available on:
- iPad (HD)
Call it Gooey Platform Adventure, or Sticky FunTimes or Blob Transporter 5000. Call your first App Store release anything but Wimp: Who Stole My Panties. Flexile Studios has christened its debut with a God-awful moniker, but don't let that put you off this smart puzzle platformer.
It is full of good ideas and packed with richly illustrated locales. Take one sticky blob from Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and drop him into Earthworm Jim's cartoon landscapes and you have an approximation of the aesthetic, made all the more resplendent in slick retina display.
The central gimmick, one not referenced in that title, is in your character's ability to stick to objects and the environment to solve a diverse range of switch and box puzzles. The game's physics engine is the heartbeat of all the box-shifting here, and your character's weight influences everything - often you must grab onto the top right hand corner of a box to topple it over onto its side, or hang from a box stuck to the ceiling with bright blue chewing gum, wiggling it free from its lodgings. Shove boxes into pools of toxic green sludge and they bob back up again convincingly as stepping stones.
In each short, sharp stage there are three pairs of Y-fronts to collect before heading through the exit pipe. Typically for an iOS game, getting one or two always feels attainable, but three is a great deal more difficult. Fortunately, just when all that box-pushing begins to grate a little, a boss battle, new scenery and a new ability are introduced for the second part of the game.
Accomplished production values allied with robust physics lift Wimp way above the App Store masses. It is a beautifully-made game. The staffers at developer Flexile have worked on triple-A games as well as mobile, and it shows. The animation, in particular, is a delight - Wimp: Who Stole My Panties is highly recommended, despite that name.
Wimp: Who Stole My Panties is £0.69 on the App Store. Download it here.
Wimp: Who Stole My Panties HD is £1.49 on the App Store. Download it here.