Snail Bob (universal) by Chillingo, is one of the few non-stressful physics puzzler games available for iOS. Players guide the main character Bob – a friendly neighborhood snail – slowly through each level by interacting with a variety of objects which help him avoid traps.
The game has a cartoony kids feel to it from the start – especially since the initial levels are extremely simple and straightforward. The graphics and sound effects are reminiscent titles like Cover Orange: cute and colorful, but nothing particularly breath-taking. The banjo/folk music in the background somehow seems to fit, and while not annoying, it is neither catchy nor memorable.
Gameplay consists of 60 levels spread out over 3 chapters – with promises of more levels coming soon. Each level has two challenges. The primary goal of each level is to aid Bob in getting to the exit. Players can make use of a large variety of objects introduced throughout the game to aid Bob on his journey – from bridge and levers, to balloons and space ships magnets, so many different objects and elements are introduced which keeps the game interesting and fresh.
The secondary goal is to find and collect the three stars – every iOS puzzler needs a three-star system, right? But unlike many other physics puzzlers, players must locate the stars hidden within the level instead of earning them with speed or point totals. As players collect more stars throughout the game, they unlock some pretty humorous, pop culture-referenced images and sculptures in the gallery.
While Bob moves slowly throughout each level, his slow movement is needed in order to solve many of the puzzles. With a smooth learning curve and cute animations and graphics – like when Bob’s eyes “bug out” when he gets squished – Snail Bob is a fun physics puzzler that both kids and adults will enjoy. Bob isn’t the most enthralling of characters to play, and the graphics, music and sound effects aren’t anything particularly special, but somehow Snail Bob just seems to work well.