Review: Heart Box
Who doesn't love a good physics-based arcade game? From Angry Birds right up to this, Heart Box, recently massively updated for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile (as well as other platforms) - it's unashamedly garish and brash, yet with new physics elements introduced steadily through the 160 levels - so you never get bored, only challenged.
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From the Store description:
Take the robot Robby through all the experimental rooms of Professor Rat to release him from the charger!
Use the properties of 16 physical objects: test-cube, bowling ball, spring trampoline, dynamite, movable platform, conveyor, fan, pneumatic tube, laser, portal, dynamic saw and switch button!
The levels are indeed fiendish and worthy of a professor - most start static, but at some point you realise that you not only have to figure out how to solve the level, but you also have to actually do it - with animated items such as bouncing balls, saws and falling boards, in which case you've got to have timing too.
Happily, the levels aren't so complex that you give up and you can take as many tries at each level as you like - the fun is in figuring out each of the levels before resorting to hints or level-slips. It's a mental challenge!
Here's Heart Box in action:
Heart Box is beautifully implemented (that navigation bar caveat aside), with little touches throughout. For example, on the Settings page, there's a switch. It turns a little light on and off in the background. And that's it. That's its sole purpose, but it's an endearing little insight into the developers' mind.
You can grab Heart Box here in the Store - it's free, though you may want to pay the £1.29 (in the UK) to zap the ads when needing a hint. And there's a larger £1.89 to zap all ads and unlock all levels in one go. All of which is a small price to pay for such a great game.
Reviewed by Steve Litchfield at