Eliss ingame screenAfter our profile of Owen Goss earlier this week, some commenters were insistent that "new and original" was the way to find success in the App Store.

While Steph Thirion's original game Eliss may have seen some moderate exposure after having been nominated for GDC Mobile's Innovative Game Design award, it's still far from being a App Store success story despite it's unique design.

We reviewed the game back in March and found to be a wonderful game.

Simply stated, Eliss perfectly demonstrates what iPhone gaming can be. It's a highly challenging game that's near impossible to put down and it could not exist on any other platform.

Thirion has just put out a Lite version of Eliss which offers you 3 levels of the multi-touch game. The game presentation is sparse, however, so new players may be a bit lost at first.

The game is separated into levels in which planets appear. Like colored planets can be combined to make a larger planet (pinch) or pulled apart to create smaller planets (spread). The goal of the game is to eliminate the planets by dragging them into the "squeezars" (think black…err…multicolored holes) of matching size and color that blink in and out of the universe. After a set number of planets have been eliminated it's on to the next level. And the most important thing to remember? Don't let planets of different colors touch!

We recorded this gameplay video of the Lite version as it's much easier to see than to explain:


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The first three levels included in the Lite version just introduce you to the very basics of gameplay, while the full version continues to introduce new and challenging elements as you progress. The full version of Eliss remains available at $2.99 and we still highly recommend it.

App Store Link: Eliss Lite, Free, Eliss, $2.99

  • Alichan76

    Bought this yesterday, after playing the lite version. Truly, a masterpiece! Few games have such a perfect balance of game play and polish. I heartily recommend it: )

  • Alichan76

    Bought this yesterday, after playing the lite version. Truly, a masterpiece! Few games have such a perfect balance of game play and polish. I heartily recommend it: )

  • Frog

    I already own it for a couple of weeks and it's fantastic! Everyone must try the lite version and buy the full game!

  • Frog

    I already own it for a couple of weeks and it's fantastic! Everyone must try the lite version and buy the full game!

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    If you've never played this game you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Shouldn't be overlooked :)

  • http://www.astrosaurus.com astrosaurus

    If you've never played this game you owe it to yourself to pick this up. Shouldn't be overlooked :)

  • wegmans

    I felt this game was incredibly overhyped, so this is a great opportunity for those of you to find out for yourselves! definitely worth a download, i'm happy the dev created a lite version!

  • wegmans

    I felt this game was incredibly overhyped, so this is a great opportunity for those of you to find out for yourselves! definitely worth a download, i'm happy the dev created a lite version!

  • Andrew

    Excellent, excellent game, that defies the conventions of typical game genres. Not for everyone, but I love it.

  • Andrew

    Excellent, excellent game, that defies the conventions of typical game genres. Not for everyone, but I love it.

  • http://www.scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Wow, that looks amazing. I'm skipping the Free version :-)

  • http://www.scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Wow, that looks amazing. I'm skipping the Free version :-)

  • http://www.scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Just got to stage 5. It's great. I love the classy retro style.

  • http://www.scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Just got to stage 5. It's great. I love the classy retro style.

  • http://www.uniwar.com MrXpressed

    YEAH! Love this game. So glad Touch Arcade is giving it more attention. It deserves it, despite being out for so long. The design is world class!

  • http://www.uniwar.com MrXpressed

    YEAH! Love this game. So glad Touch Arcade is giving it more attention. It deserves it, despite being out for so long. The design is world class!

  • Adams Immersive

    My advice: think of the instructions AS a puzzle game. I found them very hard to understand at first (but still very cool how they are done with images and no words) and almost gave up!

    And I'm pretty smart--I moved the crate to get the banana in under two hours.

  • Adams Immersive

    My advice: think of the instructions AS a puzzle game. I found them very hard to understand at first (but still very cool how they are done with images and no words) and almost gave up!

    And I'm pretty smart--I moved the crate to get the banana in under two hours.

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I wish they'd release the soundtrack on iTunes :D

    • Alichan76

      unrelated topic, but how do you get your picture up like that?

    • Marfil

      You can extract the songs from the ipa. They are only four but still great. :)

  • http://www.shanenassiri.com Shane

    I wish they'd release the soundtrack on iTunes :D

    • Alichan76

      unrelated topic, but how do you get your picture up like that?

    • Marfil

      You can extract the songs from the ipa. They are only four but still great. :)