Explore the sky and beyond in Three Legged Egg’s new iOS game, Sky Tourist. If you’re interested in space exploration and visiting and mingling with alien planets, Sky Tourist is a good place to start. Will this game blow your mind or should it be lost in space?
The first thing you’ll notice here are the vibrant colors and delightful graphics. From the app icon to the title screen to actually playing the game, the bright, beautiful, and bodacious colors are sure to please even the grumpiest of players. In Sky Tourist, you play as the curious explorer Petey Pendant who dons a space suit and hits the outer limits. There are three worlds primed and ready to be explored, totaling 75 levels in all. Each world is home to different kinds of locals who all vary in how accepting they are of you. Some get downright hostile, but it’s hard to fear angry aliens when they’re so gosh-darn cute.
Sky Tourist really reached outside the box in designing its controls. A rocket lies on each side of the screen, with a rope tied between them and little Petey hanging off of it. The player holds a finger on each rocket and moves them up and down in order to direct Petey up or down, or to slide across the rope to the side to avoid obstacles. Pull the rope too tight, however, and it snaps. It takes some work to get Petey where he needs to be, but it’s unique and interesting. The controls respond well and if they aren’t reacting just the way you like, there is an option to turn up/down the sensitivity to best suit the player.
The levels provide ample amounts of challenge. Besides having to dodge pieces of land, there are spikes, moving wheels, and seesaw-esque gates to maneuver through. All of these together form little puzzles within the level. You can’t just barrel your way to the top of these levels, no sir! You have to make sure that, after you navigate these obstacles to collect what you need, you’ll still be able to find your way out.
Each level operates on a three star scoring system, but points have no bearing on your stars which you receive each for a specific action, like not dying throughout the entire level and collecting all the cubes. There are achievements to unlock, and extra costumes to buy for both you and your rockets. It’ll take a little elbow grease to earn enough cubes to buy the costumes, but they aren’t the kind of outrageous prices you’d see in a free-to-play game.
Sky Tourist’s unique gameplay and controls put it a notch above other iOS platformers. There’s enough fun here that, once you start playing, an hour will have passed without you realizing it. Plus it has a built-in photobook so that you can take pictures of the things you want to remember, like beautiful scenery, or perhaps an alien that really pissed you off. There has been a mild problem with the game crashing every so often when you first open the app, but it never crashed while we were playing so all in all it wasn’t an issue. Sky Tourist is definitely worth a look, so go out there, brave one, and explore that universe.