Amazing Alex is Rovio’s first new franchise since the one that made it famous, and personally, I love it. This game retains the same essence as Angry Birds, but improves upon it. Don’t get me wrong – I love Angry Birds, but Amazing Alex has captivated me more than that ever did. Let’s see how!
What Is Amazing Alex?
First of all, don’t get the idea in your head that this is a spin-off of Angry Birds, because its not. They do have some similarities in structure, but that’s it.
In this game, you are Alex, apparently a teenage boy who is bored in his bedroom. So, as any kid would do, he starts trying to put balls into baskets in interesting ways. This gradually advances into more complicated and difficult objectives.
The splash screen
Something I should mention is that Amazing Alex comes in three different price packages: a free version which gives you only access to the 16 levels of the first chapter; a $0.99 version which gives you access to all 100 levels (really the full package); and finally, the somewhat desirable $2.99 HD version – though personally, I don’t think this is worth the extra cash.
The first two worlds
How Are the Levels Set Up?
The game has four different chapters, with a combined total of 100 levels. Each level has a maximum of three stars available – these are actually stars which you need to collect on each mission, unlike in Angry Birds, where the number of stars collected was determined by your overall score. I feel this is an improvement as it makes getting the full score a bit easier. Often completing Angry Birds levels to three stars took ages, loads of effort (and maybe a few YouTube videos). This is a refreshing change.
Perfection on the first page!
Upon selecting your level you are faced with a short animation pointing towards your objective. Then you will have different objects which you will need to use at the bottom of the page. With these you’ll need to move and rotate them into the right place. When you’re happy, clicking the “Play” button at the top of the page will start the ball rolling. If you’ve placed the items correctly the level will be completed and you can move on. Be sure to get them stars though! I’m a stickler for perfection.
Making Your Own Maps
I was really pleased to see that you could create your own levels. After finishing chapters you gain access to different items, too.
Even better: you can share levels with friends, or with the entire web, and download levels that others have created – just select the Download chapter and tap the little green icon to see all the shared levels of other users.
Create your own levels and download some more
You can quickly download these and have a go yourself. I love that there’s a much stronger social element with Amazing Alex, allowing you to interact and share in the experience.
There’s one thing I was a little surprised about, though: when you tap the tab you are presented with a message stating:
By submitting your level, you grant Rovio a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty free, unlimited and assignable right to use, publish, make available, and modify the submitted level.
Technically, it means that if your level is good enough, Rovio could actually use it in future versions of the game.
My Favourite Parts
Apart from the things I’ve mentioned above, there’s a few other things which I really liked. Firstly, the music. I don’t normally enjoy game music, and it ends up really annoying me. But, for some reason I really liked the soundtrack on Amazing Alex. Its fun and upbeat tone encourage you to keep playing for longer and complete levels faster.
It’s pretty easy (so far.) Though, the game is quite challenging, but no where near the complexity of other games. I hope as I keep playing the difficulty starts getting harder and harder.
With Amazing Alex, Rovio has created another fantastic game. I don’t think the app will ever reach the success level Angry Birds, but it’s certainly an addicting game which I will definitely be playing for the next few months. There are a few new features I really loved, and I can’t wait for Rovio to develop these further.