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Originality and weirdness often blend well in the indie sphere, spawning games that spark the imagination and sometimes spur you to scratch your head in equal measure. Incredipede is one such offering. Ferrying your ever-morphing creature through challenging obstacles and hilltops made of meat is indeed peculiar business in this unique puzzle platformer. Wonder occasionally mingles with frustration, however, given the trial-and-error nature of the game's more grueling stages.
Essentially a big green eyeball thing with an ever-changing array of limbs and muscle attachments, your monstrous avatar is a fitting puppet for exploring this unusual world. The objective in each stage is to guide your green friend to a glowing goalpost, all while collecting an important piece of fruit along the way that lets you unlock the next world to explore.
Simple objectives prove tricky to achieve, considering your direct control over your critter is limited to how you flex the tendonlike muscles attached to each of its bizarre limbs. The controls are easy to grasp, but mentally connecting how each muscle moves with the right combinations of maneuvers needed to progress gets complicated at times. It's a fun ride though, since each stage throws fresh obstacles in your path, like water, pits, lava, and platforms to creatively overcome.
Your monster's own unexpected changes keep things fresh, too. The little critter's design fluctuates in wild ways from one level to the next, making collecting your fruit bounty while en route to the finish a different brain- and motor skills-teasing exercise each time. Physics come into play frequently, encouraging you to experiment to see how your monster's latest configuration best navigates each setting. Some stages can be extremely brutal, though working out the solution does feel very satisfying. Still, if you want a steeper challenge, you can design your own creatures from scratch for each level or create your own stages to tackle.
The bottom line. An innovative indie experience that melds the bizarre with the sublime, Incredipede tests your problem-solving skills and patience in intriguing ways.
iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone running iOS 4.3 or later
Distinct and strange visual design. Unique physics and puzzle gameplay. Nice level and creature editor.
Some stages are heavy on trial and error.