Most applications on the App Store aimed at teaching kids are boring, un-entertaining and simply not fun, but the developers over at Icelandic Games Studio and Radiant Games has gone and changed that with their new educational game Box Island. You play as Hiro a Blue Emoticon like box. Hiro’s friend, a Green Boxed friend has landed in a Volcano surrounded by what we can only assume to be are the baddies. You are tasked with rescuing your friend and saving him from these baddies.
Box Island plays differently to any other puzzle game I have played on iOS. You aren’t presented with the standard D pad to progress through the level, instead you must plan your path by placing the correct directions in the start menu in the top left of the screen. Put in the correct directions and you will complete the level, but get it wrong and risk falling in to the water or getting caught by the baddies.
The levels increase in difficulty the more you complete implementing new elements that the player is tasked to work with. Such as boxes which can be used to push the baddies into the water, and prevent their beams from grabbing you and a repeat button which allows you to repeat moves without having to place them in the start box more than once, but only to the special designated red square. Whilst at first the game appears to be simple, even I, an experienced mobile gamer failed levels early on, quite often forgetting an extra forward move. Continue reading this post ->