Every week there are tons of new releases, and there are usually a few that easily stand out. Other may get lost in the shuffle, or at the very least not stand like the other notable releases. Millie is one such game that doesn’t have the big fan fare, and that can lead to a surprise. It’s an action puzzler that revolves around controlling a millipede through a series of mazes where you try to eat all of the included orbs. The challenging twist is that Millie grows for each orb that he eats, so that means his body is constantly getting longer. As you traverse the mazes, Millie’s body will take up more, and more space, and it’s game over if Millie crashes into himself.
There are over 90 different levels included spread across three environments, and each one increases the complexity of the maze at hand. It’s a relatively unique set-up that supplies an unexpected challenge as Millie’s body starts to take up seemingly every path as it scrolls for over half of the level landscape. Each level plays relatively differently, and you will likely have to replay a couple times just to pass a level, without even getting into trying to collect every orb. The game begins deceptively simple, but the difficulty increases rapidly, and soon it will be tough to keep track of where you have been, and consequently where the rest of Millie’s body is. To help you along the way, there are various tools to rewind time, slice off a bit of Millie’s body, or hammer out a pathway. There’s also an airplane based special challenge level after each group of three levels.
Who would have thought that the life of a Millipede was so tough in keeping track of everything that follows their head. It’s an ingenious setting for an action puzzle game, and it’s executed quite well. There are four different control options to choose from, though none of them are perfect. The swipe controls are the smoothest, but there are times where it seems the game doesn’t recognize your action in time, and you will miss a turn. Also, the tool bucket is placed so that you will probably activate it numerous times by accident while swiping. It’s worth noting that the game can be frustrating from the challenge that comes, so keep that in mind when deciding if this one is right for you.
Millie ($0.99, Universal) is a surprisingly unique game for iOS that balances challenge, and enjoyment for a should buy.