July 29, 2011 | by Tony Price
After looking over the list of apps I have installed on my phone, I realize that I may have a problem. I think that I am addicted to physics games. I started with Angry Birds and its variations. Then, I moved on to Cut The Rope and its adorable candy loving monster. Now I am playing a different game. One that is about sparkling fairies in a magical forest. (No, not Twilight.)
The game I am talking about is called Wisp. Wisp is a perfect storm for a mobile game. It takes the simple idea of a physics puzzle game, adds great graphics and a stunning soundtrack, and mixes them together with a cheap price tag. Now, while a game about fairies may not sound like your cup of tea, I promise its actually really good.
The gameplay in Wisp is pretty simple. You navigate a small fairy through a series of forest theme puzzles, avoiding dangerous goop and collecting little blue crystals. Your goal is to collect all the crystals you can while navigating your way to the exit. You even get the opportunity to save your progress inside a level, which is a feature I haven’t seen in a game like this before.
The controls in Wisp are really good as well. You touch the screen of your phone to have your fairy fly upwards. To fly in left, you tilt your phone left. To go right, you tilt to the right. That’s all you need to know to play the game. Its that kind of control scheme that makes a game accessible to all ranges of players, from children to grandparents. I like that sort of playability in my games.
I also really enjoy the aesthetics of Wisp. While I have encountered other mobile games with visually pleasing graphics, I have never found one that pulls me in like Wisp does. The combination of the well designed environments and entrancing soundtrack make it one of the most encapsulating gaming experiences I’ve ever had. That includes all platforms, not just mobile.
Overall, I highly recommend Wisp. There are multiple versions available on the Android Market, including a Free version and one that will run you $1.11. When you play Wisp, or if you already have, I would love to hear what you think. Be sure to leave a comment below to share your thoughts.