Mobile gaming is fast becoming the most popular form of a lot of people’s favourite pass time. Whether its a core gamer on the go who needs something to keep the thumbs busy, or an easy way to keep the kids quiet in the car. While there is pros and cons, one of the best parts of mobile gaming is the free titles where if you’re willing to sift through some pretty dismal releases, you will find the odd diamond in the rough and 100 Floors is one hell of a shiny diamond.
100 floors is a fun puzzler from indie developer Tobi games with a simple premise but tricky solutions. The idea is to hit the button to the elevator door which will take you from the current floor to the next. But if it was all calling elevators, this would hardly be worth any oldies time. The game appears to take place in a tall building that is serious about encouraging you to take the stairs.
Making full use of the iPhones touchscreen, accelerometer and gyroscope means the options for puzzle solutions can be endless. Having a poke around is always the best place to start trying to progress, each level has different decor and most will feature some kind of interactive item. This can range from sliding plant pots, performing a pinch to zoom style move or having to repeatedly tap a well disguised switch. As time goes by more and more movement will be required including holding the handset perfectly vertical before forming an action, tilting, turning twisting and shaking. Could be worth giving this one a miss on a crowded bus.
On top of multiple touches and throwing your phone every which way, the game will also throw some more conventional levels at you aswell. The odd puzzle can be infuriatingly awkward, with the odd challenge worthy of early Resident Evil games. Some of the items that you will encounter are useable, whether on the level that you find them or 20 floors up. Don’t be alarmed, all seem to be unmissable and if not you can go back through floors as and when you please.
Despite the title, the game doesn’t limit you to a measly 100 floors. There are several playable parts to the game in the levels section. Here you will find the main tower section, the original 100Floors, but having finished with these there is a whole new area for you to take on called The Annex. Keeping up with other popular titles, the game has also added a seasons section which has brought with it whole host of spooky Halloween levels and will no doubt make a big deal of the upcoming holiday season too. On top of all this free goodness the game promises yet more new content coming soon showing that the developers haven’t forgotten about us just yet.
Overall, this is a great title that will let you blow hours of time, even if it does make you look a little crazy in public. For a free app, 100 Floors looks great, everything is well polished, bright and vibrant which is great because you’re probably going to spending quite a lot of time staring at it. While there is sound within the game, for the most part it is unnoticeable and neither necessary nor annoying. As with all ad supported free apps, it can be a little intense on battery for what it is but not to the point where you’re going to need to carry that solar charger around with you and this can easily be solved by paying to remove the ads.
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- Great value, loads of content
- Continual updates add a large amount of content
- Really addictive
- No skip/hint option instead a paid for solutions app
- Some levels overly challenging, can be followed by a series of simple levels