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I must admit if I'm pretty sceptic when I saw this game, it has a nice description but the graphic was so so in my mind. Moreover, I read if this game got 93/100 based on voted at Desura. Then, I'm wondering how can? Hmm, now I'm curious enough to buy the game. However, there's other game which intriguing my eyes too, they like to said "Buy me, buy me". Man, the most annoying thing in my life is keep my game budget as tight as possible :') pretty sad since I'm still a student and I don't have too much money to buy every games that I want.

Alright enough for the introduction. Several days ago, I just saw the game was free for a week, wow... yeah.. I'm so lucky.. Downloading now... Alright the game has really really simple graphic, but don't let the graphic deceive you, the gameplay isn't as simple as you might think. It might has the simple concept but it execute very decent. Imagine that you become a dancing line, then you should jump from one platform to another platform. Sounds easy enough right?

Jump with ambient soundtrack...

The game has 2 kinds of controls, touch and tilt control. Both of controls work pretty well and for me, I prefer tilt control for this game. Basically, it's a level based game but you can't select any levels here. There're so many levels here (3400 blocks long levels), and after you finished the main mode you can play almost 600 other levels created by users. Hmm, wondering when I can completed all of those levels... :P Unfortunately, there's no indicator in which level I've been so I have no idea where I am now?

The difficulty is pretty simple at the first time, you just need to jump from one block (platform) to another block (platform), and there're 2 kinds of unique platforms, red and blue. You can activated one kind only, if you choose the red one, all blue platforms will be deactivated. Beside of that, you will find the yellow blocks too. These blocks will float when you jump on them. There're still many other interesting things inside which
can be found during the game. Just keep playing to bring you more experiences inside.

Graphic isn't everything...

This game is generous enough with giving away so many checkpoint inside, though I think it's also a mark of each levels too.. Every time you game over, you will start again from the last check point. Time after time you play, you will realize if the game become more difficult, sometimes you need to be patient, careful, and perform some tricky trick too to finished the level. The best of all this game will make you so annoyed but challenged at the same time. In other word, just two option for this game, play it or leave it.

Jump Line already deceive me with the graphic, at beginning I just underestimated the game. However, I was wrong this time and after I played the game, I think the graphic isn't bad at all though it can be better than now. The gameplay itself can cover it all, like the title of this review... Don't judge the book by its cover. Jumping Line is a proof if a game isn't about the graphic only, but the core mechanic itself is the main point of this game. Anyway, the game has ambient soundtrack too, kudos for developer :)

Jumping Line is available for iOS, PC also MAC. It's only $0.99 at MAC App Store, Free (Limited time) at App Store and $1.99 at Desura and believe me all of those prices are worth for this minimalist challenging game.

Graphic/ Sounds: 3.5 out of 5
Game Control: 4 out of 5
Gameplay: 4.5 out of 5
Replay Value: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

App Store Link: Jumping Line, Free
Mac App Store Link: Jumping Line, $0.99
Desura Link: Jumping Line, $1.99

I must admit if I'm a Vegetarian and I feel guilty for playing this game... LOL. Of course no, Bacon the game is 100% safe to be played for everyone even if you're a vegetarian. Alright, Bacon the Game is a drawing game like Impossible Line, but this one has more complicated and challenging levels. I bet there's no animal was harmed for making of this game. However, I think the dev should add the option to change the bacon into carrot for vegetarian player like me in the next update ;)

You will play as a plane and your main goal is collect all the bacons in every level. Drawing is looks so easy at the first time. You just need to draw the line at first then press the "play" button and let your plane moves properly through the line. However, an easy game won't give anything fun for the players. That's why there's always something challenging inside the game.

100% Safe to be Played for Vegetarian...

Bacon Game gives some obstacles, such as wall for make the game more harder. You will game over once you hit the wall. Is that so...? Several first levels can be finished easily. Until, the next challenge was arrived. How about some moving obstacle... Nah, this time where the actual challenge just began. I need some trial and error to finish some levels. 

Wait, have I said if obstacle will be hidden during the gameplay? At the first time, you might see the obstacle position for few seconds, then you should draw the path to get the bacon and avoid the obstacles. Also, remember you have limited ink here, so use it wisely. In other word, Bacon Game will force you to create the best (shortest) path based from what have you seen before.

Bacon Game also has many power ups, such as shield, magnet, 3rd eye. Unfortunately, these power ups can be purchased via IAP only. Meanhile, you will find 2 kinds of currency here, bacon and maple bacon. This game is pretty generous, because you can have the premium currency by cooking the bacon. What the maple used for? It used for skip hard level, unlock new room or customize your plane/ path.

Draw the shortest path as possible...

Overall, you can play this game without spending any single penny. Except if you want to buy the bonus level or the power ups. This game might has simple graphic but don't think if the game is too simple too. Yes, it has simple control, idea, also gameplay mechanic. However, the execution of the game is more challenging than you might think. If you looking for a game which can train your memory, definitely give this one a shot

Graphic/ Sound: 3.5 out of 5
Game Control: 4 out of 5
Gameplay 4 out of 5
Replay Value: 4 out of 5
Overall: 3.88 out of 5

App Store Link: Bacon Game, Free

Please Note: This Review was made based on the first version of the game. The actual game might have been changed much now. Regarding the control, the game has better control option now and it's one of my favorite game on 2013. Don't believe my said?  Prove it here ;) Thanks

It started with a beautiful opening scene, with a short touching story. You're a deleted/ died video game character but you want to figure out the peace before being deleted forever.  You don't want to be died now, and fortunately you got a second chance to life more longer. You woke up with 6 ram (lives) and 30 foo (money). Then, you will travel with a truck from one town to another town.

Once you arrived at a town, you will meet several strangers. Talk to some strangers, some of them will sell an entry for room or they can give you important information. That's why reminds what have you read, and keep your attention because sometimes there's a trap behind the door. There're several kind of entries, at least I found 4 kinds of entries. First, an entry with a riddle (you can choose it immediately by guessing it or leave it (exit) you'll get lightning/ pray as a result), a lucky entry where you choose want a lightning or pray from the person inside directly, the third one was a trap entry where you might lost ram or foo here and the last one was another entry such as a bar.

Learn the meaning of life...

There're 2 kind of timing inside this game. Once 2 x 60 seconds and other was 4 x 45 seconds. You need to clear each area before the time runs out or you'll get penalty. The penalty will destroy your shelter. You need shelter to protect you from the storm every time you completed 2 areas. The lightning is used to open the exit path in each area. The core gameplay of this game is really unique. For the 4 x 45 second area, you need to talk max 5 person before you got the first penalty. At this time, the penalty can be bring profit to you too depends on how do you face it.

For example, if you're lucky enough you just need to walk inside your dream and you got some keys to open some entries. However, life isn't fun without challenge especially inside this game. Sometimes, you might need to destroy some cube enemies first before you can get the keys, but if you lose here you will get shelter penalty or you can pay 80 foo or car part to get rid of the penalty.

For the 2x60 seconds area is pretty much harder than the 4x45 seconds area, you only get one assignment here. For example: chase the scarecrow, but man... it it flies so fast and hard to be chased. Beside that, there're some naughty cube enemies which chase after you. If you lucky enough, you can destroy it before it reaches you. If not, you should fight them in 2D side scrolling view and the control makes me feel bad for this scene. Also, if the time runs out you should run, run, and run, until you found an exit. A lightning will hit behind you. See the yellow cube? It helps you to teleport to other exit path. However, it's not an easy step too.

Continue?9876543210 by Jason Oda isn't an easy game where you can finish the game for 3-4 hours only. There're so many different beautiful scenarios which you can explore inside. Though eventually, your character will be died. At least, you can learn some meaningful things here. So far, I've learned about fear and loneliness. I'm pretty sure there's still a lot of secret behind this game.

Try to reveal the riddle...

Each time you play the game you will play a different character. There're 6 characters in total. Each character will explore 6 from 11 available areas. FYI, there's no sequence of the area, all was random. About the control, this game uses 4 direction d-pad and a tiny button to attack. At the first time, it's pretty hard to adapt with that. Fortunately, the more you play the game, it feels not too bad for this control. Your character still can move fast, but the down direction of the d-pad needs some tweaks. It feels slower than other buttons. Also, it'll be more awesome if we can customize the control's position.

For the graphic, there's no doubt about the graphic of this game. Every scenes, every pixel, every movement, I'm enjoying them so much. It's highly inspired by Sword and Sworcery game. To be honest, I have this game too but hasn't played it yet :P. The music was incrediblely awesome too. It has ambient music soundtrack that made you feel the game inside. I recommend you to use the headphone for the best experience.

Because you just need someone to talk with...

In conclusion, continue?9876543210 is a game about exploration, confusion and survival. You should explore all the possible ways if you want to stay alive, though sometimes you live in fear and feel you just need someone to talk. Then, eventually you choose to rest in peace because it's too hard to find a good field. All you need to do just keep continuing to play the game. Because, you never know what you might found inside.

Life is an adventure, it's a game where you can choose to survive or give up for being useless. Continue?9876543210 can be one of the weirdest, meaningful, beautiful game I ever played in 2013. Such an awesome story, I can play this game before the end of the year. More tweaking at the control will bring this game near perfect. A game with extraordinary story and fascinating experience, you can get it all in one just $3.99 only :)

Graphic/ Sound: 5 out of 5
Game Control: 3.5 out of 5
Gameplay: 5 out of 5
Replay Value: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4.5 out of 5

App Store Link: Continue?9876543210, $3.99
MAC /PC / Linux: Continue?9876543210, $5.99

A friendship can't be shown by words only but also from its behaviors. Mini Ini Mo is a game about how should a friend be. Gilp Studio as the developer of this game tried to show us how teamwork is important in this game. Yes, at least that's the main lesson which I could learn from this game. In short story, far far away deep in the forest... There were 3 friendly creatures. One day, they found a yummy apple was hanging on the tree. They saw that and picked it without thinking. Unfortunately, it's a trap but here where the actual journey just begin.

At the first time, you will play as Mini (the bird creature) only. Mini has ability to turn on/ off the switch and as far as you play, you will rescue your other friends, Ini (the monkey) and Mo (the big lump). Each creature has different abilities. Ini can jump from one platform to other nearby platform, and Mo can eat the boxes, barrels, etc and many other abilities can be revealed during the play. With their different abilities, you will help them to escape from those strange places.

Teamwork is important...

Every level contains of 3 scenes but each scene is connected into each other. In other word, sometimes you can back to the previous scene to pick a collectible item only. There're 3 items to be collected for each level if you want to get a high score. Like candy, banana, cupcake, etc. However, it's not a duty for doing that. Your main goal here is help them to find the exit path as fast as possible.

Is there any timer on this game? Actually no. However, as long as your level was increased. It becomes more challenging. For example, in the world 2 level 3, you need to escape from that place before the water full fill the room. It forced you to think and choose the right way to escape all of them quickly. Too bad, there's no undo button for this game and that's why you can't make any mistake from this game or you should restart it again from beginning.

Never left your friends behind...

The puzzle of this game isn't too hard but not too easy. Variation is pretty well made. Make you think serious but not until you feel frustated and the great thing of this game is the core mechanic itself. Mini Ini Mo should help each other. Mo as the big one, can be used as base, where Ini and Mini can climb up on it. Mini, the smallest one can climb up on Ini and my favorite one was Mo's ability, where he eat Mini then spit it with Ini's help. Actually, it same like rocket launcher concept but with more "glorious" style.

Sometimes, the puzzle is tricky too and you just don't realize it. Like in the last puzzle at the world 1, I knew the solution by accident. At the first time, I never think about it though actually, it has been in front of my eyes since beginning... #duh.. So, that's why sometimes trial and error was needed for this game, also explore all possible way that can be a solution. 

Mini Ini Mo consists of 21 levels. It's not too many, but except you're a hardcore puzzle player, it took about 3-5 minutes for each level to be solved depends on your skill and the difficulty itself. Remember, it has 3 scenes of each levels. Unfortunately, there's no hint system nor skip option inside. So, nothing can help you when you got stuck.

The game costs $1.99 without any IAP inside. If you're looking for a puzzle game with intriguing mechanic, I recommend you to try this game or at least if you want to learn about how should a friend be, this game can help you to understand that... lol

Graphic/ Sound: 4.5 out of 5
Game Control: 4 out of 5
Gameplay: 4.5 out of 5
Replay value: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4.25 out of 5

IGF Entry: Mini Ini Mo

App Store Link: Mini Ini Mo
Google Play Link: Mini Ini Mo

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