The makers of Mr Jump, Poptile, Pile, Quetzalcoatl, and others continue to supply minimalistic design with engaging challenges. Their latest effort is Super Sharp, which lets you slice shapes with your fingers in an attempt to move those shapes to the floating target. There are 120 levels included spread across eight level packs with each pack introducing new types of shapes and mechanics to contend with. The game is all about cutting at the right angle and time for the resulting cut piece to move into the proper position.
Super Sharp is a lot like Ice Breaker: A Viking Voyage with a little Cut The Rope thrown in. There’s a minimalistic flavor with quick action levels, but the core concepts are definitely familiar in chopping up the shapes to create momentum in the resulting shape. As you move through the levels, there are many shapes in motion that require slicing at just the right moment. The game is similar, but the 120 included levels are distinct enough to stand on their own. It’s a compelling challenge that will entice you to go from level to level just to see what the next challenge holds.
There are a lot of variations on the formula with hinges, swings, different colored blocks and targets, reverse gravity shapes, and more. No single level will be too challenging, but if you’re ever stuck you can play any of the 15 levels included in a level pack. There’s a well balanced difficulty curve, so that the nuances are introduced at a solid pace to keep the challenge up so it’s not too easy or too hard. At the same time, the levels can blend together a bit due to their familiarity with other games that have come before. Also, there are times when later levels feature familiar arrangements, but with a couple of nuances.
Super Sharp ($1.99, Universal) is a sharply crafted action puzzle game that is well worth picking up.