Aiko Island Holiday sets the reds slip slidin’ away.
What is it?
While I’m not entirely sure what an Aiko is, they come in blue fuzzy and red fuzzy varieties. The goal of the game is to eliminate the red Aikos and preserve the blue Aikos. Sounds simple, right? The game play is a progressively more challenging puzzle combined with a race against the clock.
The holiday theme means there is snow, cookies and maybe Christmas tree decorations and presents hanging around the screen (I haven’t seen any reindeer, though…).
How does it work?
There are a few ways to eliminate the red Aikos: tap them (which only works on the Aikos without armor), shove them off the edge of a platform or run them into spikes. For reference, the “armor” looks like corner brackets.
Tapping is self explanatory, so I’ll move on to the other methods. To shove an Aiko off a ledge, you will need to nudge it with another Aiko, shoot it with a snowball gun or use another available method to overcome inertia. Once moving, the surfaces behave like they are covered in ice, so it is easy to get the Aikos to slide off once in motion. If a surface leads an Aiko to slide into what looks like a spear point it will “pop” and be eliminated. The game will provide niches, platforms and other safety devices for your blue Aikos so you can save them from falling even if you have to set them in motion to eliminate the reds.
After a few levels, the game introduces directional falling and temporary stoppers you can pop by tapping. This gets a bit more interesting when the game adds ropes that join two Aikos, allowing one to swing free to bump into one of the reds to knock it off of its perch.
Is it contagious?
The first few rounds are not exactly exciting, but I’ll put it down to the game using very basic tutorials. There are some text hints to help you get started, so it is easy to get through the first few levels and get to the parts that will actually engage your planning skills. Once you figure out what pattern of movements will get you through a round successfully, you then need to make sure you can beat the time limit for the round.
I suppose the short answer is that it starts slow but gets more fun as you go along. Aiko Island Holidays is good clean fun for the kids as well as those older people (you know who you are…).
If you don’t manage to eliminate all of the reds and you still have all of your blues, the game will not automatically reset. Take heart, there is a reset icon (two arrows chasing each other in a circle) at the upper right corner of the screen.
When starting the game there is a menu option for the “Winter Wonderland.” The next option to the right (you will have to scroll to see it properly) is called “Tell A Friend.” Do not touch this option unless you have an e-mail set up that the game can access. If you do tap this option without the e-mail available to the game, it will lock up if you “Don’t Allow” the game to access your contacts list. The system error gives you a Dismiss option but it was stuck in a loop. The only way I could reset it was to exit the game, go to the memory clean up (double tap the home button on the iPod Touch) and delete the entry for Aiko Island and start the game session over.
Play the rounds out to figure out your pattern of movements. You can use the reset button any time and play each level until you get it the way you want it.