Just like us humans occasionally get into fender benders, aliens are sometimes prone to space ship accidents. Such is the case for Tanglers, (universal) by Chilingo, a matching game with cute aliens who have scattered themselves about after crash landing on Earth.
The goal is to gather all the aliens by tapping on two identical aliens to create a plasma line which teleports them back to the cosmos where they belong. Seems easy, but there’s a catch: the plasma line can only have one angle, and it can be made as long as there is enough space. Being an arcade style game, there’s limited time for the user to pair up all of the aliens before more are thrown onto the screen with each increasingly difficult wave cycle.
I was disappointed the game lacked somewhat variety of play – there are no levels to complete, nor a choice for level of difficulty. At it’s core, Tanglers is a classic high-score arcade game, which are entertaining, but can be lacking in terms of longevity. However, the achievement board makes up for some of these shortcomings by providing a series of goals to complete, such as matching up three pairs under one second and other similar tasks.
The game features funky cool background music, but the highlight is definitely the hysterical animations and great graphics, which looked great on my iPad. There are some small moving details in the background can be a little distracting to the eyes when trying to scope out pairs, but it’s a testament to the game’s attention to visual detail.
Thanks to the game’s simple controls, the strategic finger tapping that goes into playing the game is simple enough for anyone of any age to play. There isn’t a true multiplayer mode, but I found it a lot of fun to grab a playing buddy to double up on matching the aliens on the expansive iPad screen, especially when the game picks up speed in later waves.
Tanglers is an easily lovable and addictive game with adorable little aliens that just want to make their way back home. But remember folks, when it comes to these aliens - don’t tap and drive.