Sunshine (universal) by Morbidware is a devastatingly challenging arcade game that combines elements of Super Meat Boy and Angry Birds Space to create a maddening, fast-paced iOS experience. Whether someone’s looking to kill time or get sucked into a tough game, Sunshine has a little something for everyone.
Players are tabbed with the task of jumping from planet to planet to capture stars and avoid black holes to unlock and reach the goal. Sounds simple enough, but Sunshine goes from easy to painstakingly difficult in just about 12 levels.
There’s even a help mode built into the game where if players die enough on a certain level, they’ll be asked if they want one and then two mulligans. Even then, some of the levels are still nearing the impossible and need to be finished with perfect timing to avoid the endless vast of black holes surrounding planets.
The controls in Sunshine are actually pretty responsive. Since different sized planets have different strengths of gravity, it takes a little time to get used to the perfect pressure to apply to the jump.
Once that’s mastered, though, the game will get easier and a little more enjoyable. The soundtrack and sound effects are fun, too. The music has an intergalactic feel and every time a star is grabbed, it sounds reminiscent to the sound of collecting a coin in Super Mario Bros.
Sunshine will really test a player’s patience and ability. The black holes go from not just surrounding the planets but actually lining the planets, leaving little margin for error. At least three stars need to be grabbed in order to open the exit and sometimes, that’s a daunting task. And that’s really the only downside to Sunshine: sometimes navigating through a level is harder than the boss levels, and that can be a little overkill.
Sunshine (universal) is a great arcade game for its pickup-and-play ability, but anyone looking for an easy game won’t find it here.