Stay Alight takes place at a time in the not too distant future, when the polluted planet has been overrun by garbage-guzzling green microbe blobs. You control a lightbulb with arms and legs whose unfortunate job it is to clean up the mess. His name is Mr Bulb, but the game does get more imaginative than that – we promise.
The first thing that jumps out about Stay Alight is that it looks stunning. The lovingly drawn HD graphics are a feast for the eyes even regardless of the gameplay, with intricately designed landscapes and each blob given its own unique characteristics. They all look a bit like Slimer from Ghostbusters, but with even grimier features hidden beneath upturned bottle tops and discarded banana peel.
Despite all of this painstaking detail, the object of the game is to eradicate these microbes by attacking them with balls of light. It uses a physics-based engine, so it’s up to you to adjust the power and pick a direction – but be be careful not to waste energy, as if your light goes out its all over. This Angry Birds-style gameplay is fairly common now in mobile gaming, but Stay Alight at least shows a little imagination in its level design. One nice feature comes later in the game when an extra bulb appears on screen, meaning you can transfer light between the two in order to reach areas of the level previously out of reach.
While the levels often appear simple enough, it takes a bit of practice to become an accurate shot; the throwing action is similar to that of bazooka fire in Worms Armageddon. You’ll have to think your way through the level a bit too – bouncing light off the walls and surfaces to reach the small nooks and crannies where your targets are hiding. At times there might be a single remaining blob that seems almost impossible to get at, but the satisfaction of finding the solution is hugely awarding.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Stay Alight is a seriously good-looking physics-based puzzler. With over 60 levels and plenty of imagination, this free game is well worth a pickup from Google Play.