Help Purple is a new adventure genre entry from Gameday. This uniquely challenging game incorporates puzzles, mini-games, collecting, and problem-solving, creating a one of a kind iOS gaming experience.
What is it?
Help Purple follows the quest of an adorable little rainbow spirit named Purple. He has to help his friends who have been captured by a giant wormy creature known only as Huge Monster. That’s not all that strange, since the little rainbow fellahs are known only by the colors they represent.
To find and rescue all of your rainbow buddies, you’ll have to explore the many stages of Huge Monster, navigating through each challenge and earning the privilege of using each of your pals’ special abilities along the way.
Help Purple also offers another game-within-a-game. During game play, mini-icons of a variety of cute characters will flash on the screen. If you’re quick enough to tap them, you’ll “collect” them, and you can trade with other players to complete your collection.
For me, completing my collection took second place to the magical experience of the game’s main narrative and gameplay.
How does it work?
What makes Help Purple different from most other iOS games I’ve reviewed is its free-thinking game design. You’re not performing the same repetitive motions over and over again, or trying to figure out rote puzzles. Help Purple is about problem solving. Some of the problems are physical (create a stairway for Purple to get to the next stage), and some are more magical in nature (feed a plant from different colored clouds so that it will bloom). The hints aren’t accessible until you’ve been in the stage for 10 minutes, so there’s plenty of incentive to figure it out on your own.
Help Purple’s controls are completely intuitive, and anywhere they aren’t, a helpful pic or explanation will appear. The game is really about thinking, not punching your iPhone screen.
It’s this focus on imaginative thinking that makes Help Purple so fun. While you can purchase an unlimited instant-hint-o-meter in-app, I don’t see why you’d want to. Maybe a one-off, if you got totally stuck. But Help Purple isn’t an adventure game that requires any grinding; the fun really is in the process, not the ending. As you collect more abilities, the puzzles get more complex, because you have more resources at your disposal. Each of the rainbow gods has his or her (or its?) own special ability. It’s a good thing it was Purple who escaped Huge Monster’s rampage, because your special ability is the power to utilize those of your friends.
Help Purple is neither a game to rush through, nor one that requires tremendous investment. It’s soothing, meditative, and a perfect game to pick up whenever you just feel like exercising your mind and killing some time.
Is it contagious?
Yes, and its aesthetic appeal definitely contributes to that. The calming background music, cute sound effects, and vibrant visuals are perfect eye-and-ear candy. This isn’t an adrenaline pumping game. The challenge is there, but it’s set at your own pace. This is one of the few adventure games I’ve played on iOS that has a natural sense of exploration about it.
Even better, Help Purple won’t knock a hole in your apps budget. It’s only $1.99, usually, and as of this review, Gameday is holding a special $0.99 launch sale.
Category: Adventure/puzzle game Developer:Gameday Cost: $0.99 (normally $1.99) Download:Help Purple