Paper Galaxy, from Liquid Entertainment, is a puzzle game featuring a moon named Luna, who has simultaneously lost her way from earth and caught a cold. Players will use the little moon's sneezes to rocket from planet to planet, in search of Luna's lost home.
When I first opened Paper Galaxy, I was reminded of another paper-centric game, Paper Monsters, which featured a 3-D design that had been constructed out of paper, cardboard, and some bits and bobbles. Paper Galaxy has a similar design, with everything made from cute paper cutouts.
To play the game, you will jump from planet to planet. Luna will spin around each planet and you wait until she is lined up with the next planet, tapping to jump.
The goal is to continue on, leaping from planet to planet, collecting the stars that surround each one on your journey.
The stars that are collected are used to purchase power ups, like the super sneeze, used to jump over planets and escape from enemies.
To spice up gameplay, there's a Cosmic Butterfly that Luna can chase for a speed boost. There are also planets that spin faster than other planets, which can be more challenging to navigate because of the increased speed.
In addition to collecting stars, there are also a series of goals to be completed, which can be found by tapping the pause button. Goals might include collecting a set number of stars or traveling a certain distance, and completing each goal will reward you with extra stars.
While you climb upwards, you will need to avoid enemies like the Crab Nebula. When you hit ice walls, you need to tap to get away, and there are also several other obstacles to avoid which keeps gameplay dynamic.
When you are gobbled up by the Crab Nebula, the level will end, and at this point you can purchase upgrades and continue to move on through the game fulfilling a new set of goals.
All in all there are more than 100 goals to fulfill and 120 upgrades to earn, along with Game Center achievements and leaderboards for plenty of gameplay.
What I liked: The graphics in this game are cute, appealing, and colorful. The gameplay is also simple, making this a great choice for children.
What I didn't like: Despite enemies and power ups, the gameplay can be repetitive for more experienced gamers.
To buy or not to buy: If you're looking for a simple casual game that the whole family can play, you won't go wrong with Paper Galaxy.
- App Name: Paper Galaxy
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Liquid Entertainment
- Price: $1.99