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As with App Store classic Tiny Wings, Knights of the Round Cable utilizes a simple tap-and-hold approach to chase high scores and complete objectives; and despite the breezy setup, the gem-collecting affair proves to be a demanding and engaging experience.
Spun off from last year's Rotastic on Xbox 360, the bite-sized app finds your knight plunging headlong into a dangerous castle containing an arrangement of anchor points. Tap the right side of your device and a cable will extend to the nearest peg, tethering your hero as he spins around and around. Tap the left side and your knight's momentum reverses, and between the two acts, you'll launch from anchor to anchor, collecting jewels, rescuing caged damsels, and avoiding dragons, ghosts, and other baddies. Hit too many enemies and back to the first castle you go.
While simple on the surface, there's a Zen-like finesse necessary to rack up the big points. In earlier, simpler levels, gems are arranged in uncomplicated circular forms -- just latch onto a peg and let momentum do its job. As things progress, the game requires that you strategically bounce the knight off surfaces to alter his trajectory. If you manage to collect a few clusters of gems that share the same color, your knight will enter Fiesta Mode and receive a temporary score boost.
The in-game store has plenty to unlock, including new knights, a gem-attracting magnet power-up, extra heart points, and "last chance" bombs that save you upon seemingly certain death. The most useful upgrades are quite costly, but because you'll probably be focused on knocking out objectives, the game doesn't feel like too much of a grind. If you're so inclined, you can simply crack open your wallet, too. Like many of the App Store's greatest offerings, Chillingo's latest is easy to understand and difficult to master, and a heck of a lot of fun along the way.
The bottom line. With charming visuals, a fair price point, and tons of replay value, Knights of the Round Cable is a must-play.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 3.1.3 or later
Swinging, collecting gems, and getting "into the zone" feels fantastic. Unlockables and objectives provide a nice sense of progression. Art is colorful and attractive.
Soundtrack quickly becomes repetitive. The store crashes too frequently.