Jar on a Bar (universal) has a lot of things going for it: cute protagonist, physics puzzling gameplay, and a great premise. So it’s no wonder this casual title from Chillingo is so much fun. It’s an easy to learn, tough to master title for iOS gamers of any age.
The game is about a fish that got trapped in a jar, who is trying to get back into the water to the love of his life. To do so, he’ll need the help of players by removing the bars of wood or ice below the jar. Sounds very simple but players will come to know that this is an art and requires one to use both problem-solving skills along with swift reflexes.
There are 60 different and increasingly difficult levels in Jar on a Bar. After each level is cleared, stars are obtained depending on how much water in the jar is not spilled during the journey back into the river below. There is also a reward pack which can be unlocked by doing the home screen challenge.
Besides this shells can be purchased from the store to unlock videos, stamps, levels and gain new abilities that make the game easier – including ones that ensure soft landing and protection from obstacles, which come in handy in later levels of the game.
The graphics are great to look at and the animated expressions on the fish’s face are a pleasure to watch. The sound – while slightly repetitive – is light and catchy, giving the game a solid aesthetic package, without anything eye-opening or super innovative.
Jar on a Bar isn’t going to be the most challenging physics puzzler on any iOS device, but for 99 cents this is certainly not a risky purchase. It’s fun, easy for younger gamers to grasp, and who doesn’t enjoy a game with a love story? Jar on a Bar is perfect for casual gamers looking for a simple, amusing little physics game on their iPhone or iPad.