There are quite a few iOS creations that don’t fit into black and white categorizations. Plug & Play is definitely one of those apps that does deliver black and white styling, but for an app that isn’t easy to categorize. At the most basic level, Plug & Play is an interactive animation, but there are also some puzzle elements thrown in. You begin by simply dragging a plug, and putting it into a socket to then send you on a mysterious sequence of events.
Plug & Play is best described as weird as you transition from a familiar plug and socket to human beings formed with plugs and sockets as heads. Each scene delivers a peculiar animation with no guidance on what to do. There are some nice elements of exploration as you tap on anything included to see what happens. Each animated scene slowly takes shape, and many will leave you questioning what you just saw. The app even sometimes makes sharp cuts between scenes with no transitions, or reasons for the scene switch other than to further baffle you.
The Plug & Play journey is definitely mysterious, even after you complete it, but it’s a journey that goes by quickly. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get through all the app has to offer, and the short scope is obviously disappointing. There’s a little bit of incentive to go back through it though just to try to get a better understanding of what just happened. There are traditional puzzle sequences of changing plugs and sockets, but there are also odd conversations and strange items to tap on. The art style itself is worth commending to perfectly fit the strange theme. There’s also a smooth control scheme, and a well done physics engine for the actors to accurately respond to your touch. The app also features some adult themes with Plug & Play having a literal sense of human anatomy, so it’s probably not suited for kids.
Plug & Play ($2.99, Universal) is a strange experience that is worth checking out for yourself just to witness its uniqueness for yourself.