Review: Professor Pym and The Secret of Steam
Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get my hands on Naoplay’s newest mobile game offering, Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam, and I must say that I came away very impressed. During game play, you will help the Professor elude and evade the toxic steam throughout 40 levels of increasing difficulty all while trying to collect bolts and complete challenges. Naoplay has developed a graphical masterpiece that helps draw you in as much as the simplistic controls. So sit back, relax, and check out the review below to see why you should down load this game today for your mobile device.
Professor Pym and The Secret of Steam
EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas
- Simple / Highly Addictive Gameplay
- Progressively Challenging Levels
- Bonuses / Achievements
The Not so Awesome
- Gameplay Music
Simple / Highly Addictive Gameplay
Within only minutes of downloading and installing Professor Pym, I was jumping, bouncing, and spinning my way upwards towards the finish line while trying to keep pace ahead of the rising toxic steam. The simple one-touch controls allow you to guide Professor Pym with only a single finger, allowing to keep your other hand free for holding your favorite frosty beverage. For those that don’t find the controls or game play simple enough, there is a built in tutorial that spans 8 pages showing you various controls and challenges that you will encounter throughout your journey.
In addition to the simplicity of the controls, the game play is highly addictive. I quickly found myself grabbing the iPad to knock out a level anytime I found myself with a spare minute, or playing a level over to accomplish a 3-star rating. The addictive nature of Professor Pym reminds me of how I felt playing the original Angry Birds when it first came out, not wanting to put it down until all challenges were completed.
Progressively Challenging Levels
During my initial run through on the first couple of levels, I found there to be very little challenge other than to try and beat the clock. However as the levels progress, you are faced with varying types of cogs, walls, and other obstacles all trying to slow your progress as the the toxic steam creeps up to seal your fate. Even after you have seen all of the various types of obstacles, each of the 40 levels will continue to challenge you by mixing them up in various combinations to try and trip you up. There was more than one occasion where I was ticked off and very vocal as I cursed Professor Pym, only to pick up the iPad and try again.
Bonuses / Achievements
In addition to fun, addictive game play, most gamers need goals to strive for, and Professor Pym does not disappoint. There are close to 40 in game achievements that can be earned and shared with your friends via Twitter and Facebook. These achievements range from easy earning you 5 points, all the way up to a 100 point achievement called Master of Scam in which you have to unlock all of the achievements in the game. These are sure to keep the perfectionists and slightly OCD entertained and chasing the “perfect game” game for many hours.
To sweeten the deal, while playing each level you will collect bolts that can be used to purchase in-game bonuses such as jumps, masks, shields, and time; all of which are used to enhance gameplay.
Each level offers you the chance to earn a 1, 2, or 3 start rating by completing a combination of goals. You earn one star each for completing the level, completing the level under the time goal, and collecting a specified number of bolts in each level. Have that perfect run and complete all 3 and you are looking at a 3 star rating that bound to impress your friends, family, and possibly your boss who will give you a giant raise!!
One of the first things that caught my attention and drew me into the game play was the graphics. They are clean and crisp, and to me had the feel of BioShock meets Borderlands. For those that have played these two Xbox titles, the in-game menus have the same style as that of BioShock while the actual Professor has the cartoon-ish feel of Borderlands against the backdrop. I felt that it was a great mixture of graphical styles that really added to the overall quality of play.
The Not so Awesome
The only slight complaint that I had during my gaming experience was the music choice during the gameplay. Let me stress that this really is a minor that is typically subjective to the individual gamer. Personally I felt that the music should be a little darker, or more dramatic while you were trying to race away from the toxic steam that was chasing Professor Pym. To me it felt a little more up beat and something you would hear while riding up on an elevator vs. trying to escape for your life.
The Final Verdict
Professor Pym and the Secret of Steam is no doubt the most addictive mobile game that I have played since Angry Birds. The simple gameplay, challenging levels, and ability to earn achievements throughout offers something that any age gamer can enjoy. At times I found it frustrating, but kept finding myself coming back to turn that 1 star ranking of shame into a 3 star ranking of completion.
The first 10 levels of this game are free, with each of 2 add-ons that cost only $.99 each to get the remaining 30 levels. I think most will agree that this is a small price to pay for hours and hours of mobile fun. With all of the features listed in this review, in addition to a few other nice things such as leader boards and social sharing, I am confident in giving this title an EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas. Do youself a favor and head over to Naoplay’s website to select the appropriate download for you iOS or Android device.
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