Developer:Chear Studios Inc.
Release Date:October 06, 2009
Summary:Unpretentious graphics, unpretentious gameplay, plenty of fun. What a relief.
Today really is the day of simple, breezy apps that barely require an afterthought, like playing with your eyes closed to kill time.
Actually, playing to kill time is perfect for this app, Chalk Chain, as it was created by a company named Chear Studios Inc. whose URL is killtime.ca. Go figure. The game is incredibly basic, with even more basic graphics. The title page bears that retro, pixelated font so often seen in old video games circa the mid-1980s. The object of the game is to collect chains of like objects, with a combination of three or more consecutive objects in a chain giving you points, once you shake the iPhone to destroy them. The playing field resembles a chalk board, in a sense: it’s a black background with all the objects – including your, I guess you could say “main character” chalk circle – outlined in a slightly screwy, sloppy chalk line. Your chalk circle contains quickly moving squiggly lines of every color in the Crayola Box, and the other objects also contain animated movements from their colored-in bodies. Moving around the playing field requires tilting your iPhone in the direction you want your starting piece to go. It’s simple physics.
The first objects to appear in the playing field are a yellow diamond and a red heart, which appear out of thin air in random locations, for you to strategize a sensible order when adding them to your chain. Once you hit Level 2, after a certain amount of points (certain combinations earn you extra points, so keep your eyes peeled), other objects begin to appear: a green four leaf clover, a blue spade, a pink star, and, every now and then, an object similar to your starting piece that acts as a wild card, it changing shape rapidly with colors flitting out and around it. You’ll soon find that simply collecting clusters of like objects become near impossible, with the available objects onscreen usually never cooperating with your current object scheme. By Level 3, it’ll be customary for your chain to have six or more objects attached at all times, making the game more challenging and unwieldly. So, remember to shake the phone often to destroy any combinations you may quickly collect and not realize. And be careful – if you touch your tail’s end, it’s Game Over for you.
Chalk Chain is pretty elementary in both its design and gameplay; it reminds me of games I would doodle on paper with friends when in grammar school to pass the time – games like that connecting square game you fill with your initials (maybe I only know of this), and a connecting numbers game where you must avoid touching a line connecting two numbers with a current line being drawn. Okay, maybe these examples are solely limited to my personal experience, but I’m sure most kids, with their infinitely creative and chameleon minds, have played or conjured similar games. Games of simplicity are common for this reason – they appeal on a very primitive level all of us can appreciate, especially during those times we don’t want cool graphics or special rounds, pumping music or bonus levels. We just want an unpretentious game with a ball chasing another ball. On and on and on.
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