Wimp: Who Stole My Pants? HD (universal, also available in SD) by Flexile Studio is the story of a man – well, a blob – on a quest to find an important piece of clothing: his undies. It’s not going to be an easy adventure, but it’s definitely be an entertaining – and possibly breezy – one just about any player can enjoy.
Players control Wimp, a little creature with big dreams and a missing pair of underwear. Of course, nobody can live out their dreams without their briefs, so Wimp embarks on an adventure to find the creature responsible for nabbing his undergarments – even though he lives in a ball of goo, which brings about a number of questions of how much he really needs those whity-tighties.
Through 50 levels, players have to traverse a variety of environments, not only timing jumps and collecting toilet paper rolls – three in each level – but solving a number of intricate box-and-switch based puzzles. Yes, it’s a familiar game mechanic, but the ingenious design of the different puzzles strike the perfect balance between difficulty and accessibility. The penalties for dying are minimal – only moving a player back a small amount – so a little bit of trial and error is encouraged, and definitely necessary in some of the game’s later puzzles.
The other thing players will notice right away are the game’s amazing controls, arguably the tightest, most fluid available in the App Store. Moving around Wimp is a breeze, whether its trying to squeeze into small places or using his ability to stick on various surfaces and make it through certain puzzles. Controls are key with multiple-level puzzles like those found in Wimp, and the developers have clearly made them a focal point of the game, allowing players to focus on the tasks at hand rather than how the virtual d-pad will eventually fail them.
Gamers with Retina devices will want to spring for the HD version – the game looks as great as it plays, if not better. There aren’t any big, fancy visual effects, but the clean design of every level and world combine with the smooth animations for Wimp and the blob he lives in – like turning into fire to gain different powers, for example – for some impressive eye candy.
Wimp is the rare App Store game where the technical aspects like visuals and controls are matched by the gameplay and level design. Hesitant gamers can try out a lite version of the game, but for platformer and puzzle fans, Wimp is an easy recommendation with hours of entertaining TP-collecting action packed inside.