Flipt1 Flipt [App Store] brings to the iPhone a game in the fashion of the wildly popular flash game, Shift, but vastly improves on the formula.

Flipt is a puzzle game where you take control of your character in his or her attempt to reach the final door, and do so on the correct axis to enter it. This is essentially Flipt's trump card-- the ability to vertically flip the game world by simply rotating your device, completely setting the world on its head and making what was original underfoot now traversable. Additional elements in the game further the depth of its puzzles; with explodable boxes, gravity switches, moveable platforms and hazardous spikes all needing to be accounted for in your efforts to reach the end. The more mainstay of these, the gravity switches, are included in almost every level, rotating the game world in any of four compass points and doubling the axes to wrap your head around.

Flipt2The world in Flipt could be lifted straight from a cyberpunk novel; every grungy surface and eerie blue or red light detailed on a terrific industrial backdrop. The sound in Flipt is a hot and cold affair, though always to an exceptional, crystal clear standard. It is unfortunate that the interesting and diverse ambient sounds evident throughout the first few levels are soon overrided by a droning factory clamour that while appealing at first, soon grates to beyond frustration. Fortunately, these can be quietened or turned off altogether.

The movement controls, though separate from the rotational mechanism, are handled with the same care and fine-tuning. Holding your thumb to the left or right of your character, regardless of the device's orientation, will move the character left or right. Jumping is achieved by pressing the other thumb at the same time, rounding out a hassle-free control system that is accurate and straight forward.

There are 20 puzzles to work through in Flipt, which should take you about an hour or so to complete all up (unless you get really stuck). There are reasons to come back to each level however, as your fastest game completion time is recorded, and the top 10 global results appear in the rankings menu. Upon completing the game you are given the option of unlocking an additional character, which while nice, appears to be purely cosmetic. A Time Trial mode is also unlocked once you complete all 20 levels, which allows you to play each level individually to record and perfect your time. It is unfortunate that the global rankings do not also extend to the Time Trial levels; an oversight by the developer that could have added to the game.

Flipt is a high quality platform puzzle game that shows off the breadth of the iPhone's touch and tilt controls. The puzzles are challenging but never frustrating, and it is a delight to behold how clever many of the levels actually are once you have solved them.

App Store Link: Flipt, $2.99.

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  • belsunce

    I LOVED the iDevice version of :shift:

    it would sorta annoy me to constantly have to physically flip my iPod Touch to "flip" the level. that and I'd be worried to accidentally have it "SLIPT" out of my hands (see what I did there?)

    can the game be controlled otherwise?

  • belsunce

    I LOVED the iDevice version of :shift:

    it would sorta annoy me to constantly have to physically flip my iPod Touch to "flip" the level. that and I'd be worried to accidentally have it "SLIPT" out of my hands (see what I did there?)

    can the game be controlled otherwise?

  • MrMuesli

    Looks great. However 20 levels seems a little skimpy to me. While :Shift: doesn't specify how many levels it actually has, it does say 'all original levels +25 new levels for the iPhone'. Also, Time Trail is a pretty mute mode in a game like this imo. For me it's all about solving the puzzle. Once that's over, that's it...job done. So, I'm hoping that many more levels will be available sometime, and then I'll bite as this does look very good.

  • MrMuesli

    Looks great. However 20 levels seems a little skimpy to me. While :Shift: doesn't specify how many levels it actually has, it does say 'all original levels +25 new levels for the iPhone'. Also, Time Trail is a pretty mute mode in a game like this imo. For me it's all about solving the puzzle. Once that's over, that's it...job done. So, I'm hoping that many more levels will be available sometime, and then I'll bite as this does look very good.

  • Yao MUNG

    This makes me think of the psp game crush. They should port the he'll out of that. It was awesome

    • Yao MUNG

      *hell

  • Yao MUNG

    This makes me think of the psp game crush. They should port the he'll out of that. It was awesome

    • Yao MUNG

      *hell

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I also don't like the number of levels.
    The graphics look fantastic though.
    Hm, still on the fence.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I also don't like the number of levels.
    The graphics look fantastic though.
    Hm, still on the fence.

  • Donkey Kong

    This was a welcome surprise, and only $2.99! Now playing through a second time. :)

  • Donkey Kong

    This was a welcome surprise, and only $2.99! Now playing through a second time. :)

  • http://anelson.ca Ashley

    Cant possible listen to my ipod while playing. A pass for me.

  • http://anelson.ca Ashley

    Cant possible listen to my ipod while playing. A pass for me.

  • kita

    Seriously, what's going on with the astro turfing reviews? The most helpful ones have only flipt or flipt and marble blast reviews which are both from the same company. I wouldn't be surprised if half the comments here were from the company too. I'm pretty sure this is still a great game but it's really turning me off from buying the game...

  • kita

    Seriously, what's going on with the astro turfing reviews? The most helpful ones have only flipt or flipt and marble blast reviews which are both from the same company. I wouldn't be surprised if half the comments here were from the company too. I'm pretty sure this is still a great game but it's really turning me off from buying the game...

  • Doodle

    I'm playing the game at the moment and really enjoying it! Nothing wrong this side!

  • Doodle

    I'm playing the game at the moment and really enjoying it! Nothing wrong this side!

  • Murdockman

    I was a little skeptical at first, then I thought what the hell $2.99 won't kill me! And you know what... I was pleasantly surprised. Its actually a really good game! The end!

  • Murdockman

    I was a little skeptical at first, then I thought what the hell $2.99 won't kill me! And you know what... I was pleasantly surprised. Its actually a really good game! The end!

  • YesMan

    A good buy for me! Brilliant, slick game-play!

  • YesMan

    A good buy for me! Brilliant, slick game-play!

  • noiton

    Not into the "puzzler" games, but actually enjoyed this game!

  • noiton

    Not into the "puzzler" games, but actually enjoyed this game!

  • cTool

    This reminds me an not very known game : Upside Down

  • cTool

    This reminds me an not very known game : Upside Down