Toobz iPhone App Review.
With new and improved graphics, Toobz is challenging you to yet another interesting puzzle game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Create your own system of pipes in a tetris-like game style, and start the water after making sure there are no exit pipes to leave it running on the board.
The game offers you two game styles, while keeping the core idea of the game the same. Toobz presents you with a grassy field and the water source on a random spot on the board. That's where you have to start to build-up your toobz. In "Classic Toobz" mode, you are revealed the upcoming piece at the top of the screen. This gives you a heads-up on what your next move should be in planning the pipe-system. In "Show Toobz" mode, the game offers you the next four pieces that are to be placed on the board. But don't be fooled into thinking this is your game-solver right there, as you must think and move quickly, as the timer counts down. If you run out of time, the water is turned on and begins to flow through your toobz. The game is over when it spills on the board.
You have the possibility to replace the pieces that don't fit with the current piece you need to place on the board. This does help you out on some of the bad setups, while being completely useless in others. I guess that you're at the mercy of the random pieces that don't seem to make any sense in the way they are to be placed. And if you have the bad luck to start the level with completely useless pieces that can't even be hooked into the water source, then you'd wish for some improvements of the game, just like we did.
One thing the development team at Off Center Software could have done differently is to give the player the ability to skip a piece, simply choose not to put it on the board (at the cost of a penalty of some sort of course), or the ability to move a piece around the board after placing it. It would make the game more complex, agreed, but perhaps give a better fighting chance to the player.
All in all, we were pretty impressed with the level and style of game play that Toobz offered the iPhone and iPod Touch users. It's a pretty challenging game, perhaps on the border of time-waster at times, but definitely worth giving it a try. You'll know after playing the first couple of levels if you're into plumbing or not.
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