What’s black and white, and ready to play? Invertical Touch, which is a color based platformer that relies on color change to challenge you. Each level gives you an arrangement of white and black blocks to walk and hop on. You play as Qube, who can change from white to black with the tap of a button. When Qube is white, it can only walk on white blocks, and when Qube is black, it can only walk on black blocks. If you try to walk on the opposite color, Qube will fall right through, which is an ability you can also use to your advantage.
Invertical Touch features 60 levels that continue to build upon the color swapping mechanic. Most levels are about getting higher, and higher by alternating colors to handle the stack of black and white blocks. As you’re hopping on the black and white blocks, there are 150 collectable items to give you more to do than just heading for the finish. Invertical Touch gives you a nice, and challenging set-up that is awfully intriguing with the relatively unique color swapping mechanic. You need to constantly think about switching colors just at the right time to leap upward, and catch on a different color at a higher level.
Each one of the levels includes a particular path to discover, and it’s especially neat when you walk through a white, or black tunnel surrounded by the other color. There’s definite challenge, but part of of the difficulty arises from the game set-up. The on screen virtual controls aren’t the most precise, so there are times that you want to switch colors, or just want to jump, and the game doesn’t recognize your actions properly. Also, the levels are quite tedious to move through, especially since you have to be so deliberate with the controls. It’s especially frustrating when Qube falls all the way to the bottom after a simple mistake, and then you have to go through the bland stretches again. Many of the levels sadly blend together, and there are numerous stretches that aren’t tough, and instead just bland to get through.
Invertical Touch ($0.99, Universal) has a promising premise that stumbles on execution making it worth considering depending on your patience.