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Aqua Forest For iPhone Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Macworld's Game Room has posted a review of another iPhone game, this time offering an examination of Hudson Software's Aqua Forest. The game features a unique physics engine which simulates water, solids, and gases. It also offers 5 puzzle modes and a "sandbox" mode for unfettered play. The Game Room gave Aqua Forest a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Using a unique physics engine called OctaveEngine Casual developed by a company called Prometech, Aqua Forest mimics how water, solids, and gases behave and simulates the actions of objects with different physical characteristics. And with a built-in set of painting tools, you can create everything from a pool of water that sloshes around your iPhone screen depending on what direction you’re holding it, to a receptacle to hold that water, or a hot substance that causes that water to heat up and turn to vapor, or a cold object that causes that vapor to condense back to water. It’s thoroughly amazing, and that alone—available to you in a Sandbox mode called Free—is worth the $8. (You can also save and load files you’re working on.)

But Aqua Forest is a game, too. The developers have included five different puzzle modes—Tilting, Touch, Drawing, Warm And Cool, and All Functions—each with 10 games. There’s no scoring or beating the clock here—they’re untimed puzzles that encourage you to figure out the physics to solve them. At first you simply have to tilt the screen to win—moving a ball around a maze, or moving fluid from one container to another. Eventually, though, you’ll have to use all your skill to figure out what to do, and that makes for some challenging fun. There is a point to all this, too—each time you complete a set of puzzles, you get a surprise. I won’t spoil it, but here’s a hint: the game’s name is Aqua Forest.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Macworld's Game Room: Aqua Forest Review
Hudson Software

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