For those who had the luxury of playing Casey's Contraptions before its intellectual property was gobbled up by Rovio, the core play loop of Amazing Alex isn't much different if at all. Those who had no such pleasure will be greeted by a seemingly endless amount of Rube Goldbergian puzzles that require players to use a finite amount of objects to reach to a predetermined goal. Confused a bit?
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When you earn all three stars in a given level, whatever solution you came to is shared to a public repository made possible through Game Center. From there, you can check out how other players managed to collect all three stars in each level. Chances are their solutions are different from your own, especially in later stages when Amazing Alex becomes more complex.
Of course, the idea is to then download these levels from the web-based portal where they all reside and complete them. With over 23,000 levels shared since the game's launch last week, we'd say the feature is a resounding success. But the experience speaks even louder than the numbers: While the puzzles are hosted on a special website, downloading and sharing new levels is quite seamless. Plus, there is always the allure of having your own level featured by Rovio.
Control issues on smaller devices aside, Amazing Alex is one addictive puzzler. The cutesy visuals and catchy theme music certainly help with the hook, but it's ultimately seeing what other players come up with that keeps us coming back for more. Well, that and those blasted stars.
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