The first game I’d like to highlight is SWAY – Red Box Gray Box (by Focal Point LLC). This game intrigued me the first time I played it, and it’s continued to grow on me since.
A side-scrolling endless “runner” with a very interesting gameplay mechanic. The minimalistic art design may not catch your eye, but don’t let that keep you from experiencing a creative and rewarding challenge.
Why this game is worth playing:
The gameplay. The controls are deceptively simple (all you gotta do is tap!), but there is some real complexity in how your sprite responds to your actions. The red square you control has a gray weight attached to it. As you float throughout the stages, the gray square swings along with you, weighing you down, affecting your momentum, and altering the direction your jumps will take you. At times, it can be very hard to predict where your red square will end up after you tap. However, this seeming randomness is part of what makes this game so deep and interesting. Simple, mindless tapping will not make you successful. You’ll have to be alert and ready to make quick adjustments when a jump doesn’t go quite as expected if you want to progress far into the stages.
Stick with it. This game is punishingly hard at first as you try to get a grasp on how exactly the red square is going to travel according to your actions. ANY black surface you touch kills you instantly, so it’s going to be frustrating. You need to be willing to experiment with your approaches (quick taps, delayed taps, tap and holds, etc.) to better know how to deal with upcoming obstacles. It’s tough, but once you get a rhythm going, it’s incredibly addicting.
If you swipe backwards (to the left) with two fingers (such as your left thumb and your right thumb), the red square will actually bounce back. This may give you a little extra time to respond to an approaching obstacle.
Turn on the sound. The music is good and very much adds to the atmosphere and feel of the game.
Try it out:
SWAY – Red Box Gray Box (by Focal Point LLC) is available for free on iOS.