Satellina (iPad)

SATELLINA_BOXSatellina is a touch screen game of skill available for download on iOS and Android devices (reviewed on iPad here).  In the game, you use your finger to run over green dots, but try to avoid yellow and red dots.  Once you’ve cleared all the green dots, the yellow dots turn green and the red dots turn yellow.  In this fashion, you must clear the whole screen of dots. It’s that simple!  If you touch a yellow or red dot, you’ll have to start the stage over again, so be careful!

Each area has five stages, and once you complete those you can choose from different stages in a branching path.  Easier stages are on the left, and harder ones on the right.  In order to unlock both paths, you must also clear the stage prior in a certain amount of time.  To trace with your finger, tap it directly on the white dot.  But if your finger gets in the way, you can always tap on the screen somewhere else and control the white dot that clears out the green ones indirectly, but it doesn’t make the game any easier.

Only problem I had with the game is that it can get a bit difficult in places, especially when you try to complete a level quickly to open up new paths.  Color blind folks may also have a hard time with this one, as the green and yellow dots look similar sometimes.  But I did like how the colors, branching paths, hypnotic movements, and catchy tunes reminded me of old classic Taito arcade games for some reason.  If you know what I mean, you might want to get this game, too.


Kid Factor:

No violence here, and reading skill isn’t necessary since the game is pretty easy to figure out just by playing.  Younger gamers may get frustrated at the difficulty, though, but at least you don’t have to worry about running out of lives or anything.

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