Puzzles Reach the Stars in Vishindo’s Collision Effect on iOS

Chillingo has just brought a new title to iOS. As experience has taught us, a good number of titles holding their brand have been of very high quality. Collision Effect, developed by Stockholm, Sweden-based Vishindo, is the latest game to join that collection. An intuitive and vibrant puzzler, it’s a game that is both original and beautiful to look at.

Based on timing and position, this puzzle game sates the palette of both the methodical thinker and the twitchy, action connoisseur. Regardless of which demographic you fit into, the game comes with a stunning display of color and effects on par with classics such as Geometry Wars and a more recent iteration of the game, Infinity Field. Available on both the iPhone and iPad, this new game is yet more proof that even the simplest of things can play well and look stunning.

There are two modes of play with Collision Effect: Action and Puzzle. In the former, orbs (called Zybbles) of different colored light will creep onto the play field from all directions. Tapping on one of them will pull all other Zybbles of the same color into the one touched; exploding into a shower of multihued stars. The idea, is to remove these Zybbles without allowing them to collide with those of another color.

As time goes on, more and more colors appear with more and more Zybbles. Connected to Game Center leaderboards, the core idea is to survive as long as possible, with score multipliers activated upon quick reactions (e.g. double explosions).

In order to assist the player in this challenge — and yes, it is most certainly challenging — various powerups will also meander onto the star field. Four in total, they consist of a sort of supernova that destroys all Zybbles on the field, boost one’s score, protect Zybbles from collision, or even slow them all down.

If this sort of gameplay isn’t your speed, the app also hosts a more methodical puzzle mode with 60 different puzzles. With each of these, the Zybbles are placed statically on the play field with, obviously, more, with more colors, as the levels progress. Here, players can control the speed in which they move, but the rules remain the same as Action mode.

Zybbles of different colors cannot touch, and whenever one is tapped, all others of the same color will gravitate toward it. In most of the puzzles, the main challenge is timing along with positioning. As an example, many puzzles will place a Zybble in a position that is directly in the way of where another must cross. Since there are multiple Zybbles, moving one out of the way will often move another in the way. Timing is crucial so that opposite colors miss one each other by a hair’s width.

The biggest praise to offer Collision Effect is the visual style. Already, we’ve noted the vibrant color scheme and explosion effects, but the level of polish goes well beyond this. Each Zybble leaves a trail of color behind it, and sparks emit whenever they narrowly cross. Additionally, the star field in the background subtlety changes and the stars can actually be swished about with one’s finger. All of this combined makes for a spectacle that’s not too different from a 4th of July fireworks show. In fact, the game’s style can easily be considered art.

Along with this and the Game Center integration, Collision Effect is also tied to the Crystal social gaming network. Like other Crystal integrated games (e.g. Modern Conflict), the social integration for the game itself is minimal, including a pair of leaderboards and a respectable number of achievements. As we’ve noted with past games, the network does support friending and even recommendations based on what you’ve played in the past.

Overall, Collision Effect is a fantastic game, and for $0.99, it is certainly a title any iOS device owner should have. The game is very original from both a puzzle and action-based perspective. The visuals alone are worth praise. Suffice to say, Collision Effect comes very highly recommended.