Hyrdotilt is all about precision, timing, and control! In this new puzzler, you guide a water droplet through environments containing ramps, platforms, and more, in order to safely reach the end of the level.
The basis of Hydrotilt lies in the three states of matter. Solids, in this case ice, liquids, the water, and gases, steam. These three states all have different characteristics that allow them to do things the others cannot, but in the end, the game always requires you to locate the blue cube and bring that to the exit point.
You use your accelerometer to guide your ball of water around different platforms, and as stated earlier, it’s necessary to recover the blue cube and then bring it back to the goal. The accelerometer is easy to play with, and you can calibrate it if you wish, but there was no option to change the sensitivity, which would have been nice.
Many mechanical switches will help your water change forms, and puzzles must be solved to reach the goal. To add on to the strategy portion of the game, each level contains a pink crystal, which will provide a hidden surprise if all of them are discovered.
The gameplay is fun, as finding the solution to each level is pretty neat, and the game does provide quite a challenge in the later levels. I found it a bit slow in the beginning, but Hydrotilt does a nice job of guiding the player through the controls and all the puzzle elements in the game.
An in game map is available too, so you can zoom out and scroll around to see the entire playfield. The mechanical parts of the game are varied enough that the game doesn’t become a chore, and each level is unique in their own way.
Possibly the coolest aspect of Hydrotilt is the custom level editor. You can create your own levels from scratch, or you can download packs that other users have made, plus some add-ons provided by Codeglue themselves. This really adds on to the life of the game and you can satisfy that creative side of yours if you wish.
The graphics are decent, they won’t blow you away, but they are pretty well done for the most part. Some edges are bit rough and could use some touching up, but overall the 3D graphics are well done. The music was pretty enjoyable, but sometimes the soundtrack seems to skip a bit. It doesn’t appear in game though. The sound effects are present all the time, with realistic water sounds, but the other sounds such as they clip played when dying can be repetitive.
Things that could be worked on in Hydrotilt could be a checkpoint sort of system. Every time you die, you must start over from the beginning of the level. This can be quite frustrating at times as one little slip can mean the end. Also, if you’re interrupted in the middle of a game, if you exit out and come back your progress is lost.
Hydrotilt is an enjoyable puzzler which should appeal to many people. If you’re a fan of these games then it would be recommended, especially with all the content that can be downloaded. A few drawbacks bring this game down a bit, but it is still a quality app. At $5 Hydrotilt is not one of the cheapest games on the App Store, but if you buy it, it should be worth the money.
Large amount of content
Custom level editor
Could look better