Poor Bruce, it seems like he just can’t help himself when it comes to going on adventures. Unfortunately he isn’t the most agile bird and he keeps getting himself stuck and the only person who can help him is you. Don’t let his cute looks and the pretty environments fool you though. After the introductory levels teaching you how the game works, the game starts to get pretty tricky.
Chillingo have come up with another well thought out physics puzzler with 100 levels across five different environments that Bruce needs to make his way through. You must aid Bruce by helping him avoid various perils including spikes, hot coals, or even being licked up by a patient frogs, as our lost chick here can’t fly. You do this by manipulating the environment around him so that gravity can take hold and get him home to his nest at the bottom or side of each level. Grass verges disappear when pressed, platforms attached to vines can be dropped into place and you can also drop weights on to platforms to propel Bruce across the level. Timing is very important too, the game makes really good use of multi touch meaning you’ll need to have good reflexes to make sure everything falls in to place for Bruce as he makes his way home.
There are normally a couple of different ways for Bruce to get back to where he needs to be but if you want to unlock the new environments you are going to have to collect the three golden eggs that have been cleverly placed around the levels. If you are a completionist this will keep you coming back to make sure you get all of them.
It’s the simple games that work best on the iOS platform and this is another good example. Sure, there are some challenging levels to overcome but this only adds an extra level of fun to the experience, although the high concept is more than a little familiar. It’s certainly a more refreshing physics puzzler, but only marginally. However, fun is fun and Lost Little Chick’s compelling mechanics, charm and experience will keep you entertained whilst you’re on the go.
MLG Rating: 8/10
Platform: iPhone, iOS Release Date: 12/10/11
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Little Lost Chick for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of 3 days on an iPhone 3gs. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.