Glyde reminds you of the minimalistic laid back arcade style gaming that invokes nothing but pure zen within you. I guess that is exactly what MB Games was aiming for with its newest game title released on Android. And for being the very first game published under the banner of MB Games, let us tell you, Glyde is quite good. Infact it is a very good mix of all the gaming essentials that makes even a simple game an interesting one. Glyde is a free-to-download Android game with absolutely no in-app purchases. Hence iOS users may miss out on what seems like a pretty good game.
• The Game – Design and Difficulty
Imagine a glider plane floating through the open skies in an endless flight. It seems like an apt imagination of someone having a beautiful lazy day. Well, this bright and colourful game represents exactly that. Glyde transports you into a surreal world of endless flying amidst open skies tinted with gorgeous pink and blue hues. The bright skies invite you to dive in for a big joy-ride (or shall I say joy-flight). You control a light-weight white glider in an amazingly absorbing 3D space filled with scattered orbs and other structures; and you need to collect orbs that come in your way. Easy, isn’t it? Well no, the fun doesn’t end there. The open skies bear what seems like random floating rock-like structures in varied shapes and sizes that block the path of the white glider you are controlling. The sharp-edged rocky clutter zooms out in a 3D interface as you glide through to carefully avoid bumping into it. The swift turns you need to take to collect orbs add to the difficulty. It takes more practice than one would think, as you may misjudge the size and proportion of the faraway 3D structures and how they would land up close to gauge the distance and avoid crashing into them. As they say, practice makes man perfect. The plane actually flies in the auto mode and can crash into something if you do not execute the controls well-in-time.
As a Glider, you have three lives. You need to collect the light orbs while cruising through the space which is most crowded with blocking structures near orbs and active playground. Even if you crash, you can continue collecting orbs with your spare lives. But if you are out of lives then you have to go back and start all over again. With each surpassing level you begin a new adventure in a different area with similar settings but with upgraded planes. The level of difficulty increases as you pass each stage to test and push your navigating skills further. You can also fly out-of-the-zone to explore the open space but may be compelled to return once you hit a certain point-of-no-advance. The best thing about the game is that it is not bound by any timer that restricts the user to play around and have some fun. That being the simple gameplay, you can always show-off your aerial acrobatic skills (that is if you have any) to add some spice to lazy flights.
Graphics and Controls:
The background, design and visual interface is bright, cheery and colourful that would effectively entice you to keep playing. The colour scheme bears the hint of pop-culture with the intense use of pink, blue and yellow. It almost feels like you transcended in a middle of a kids-cartoon scene or a make believe sugar candy land. In any case the colours are vibrant. The visual design is appealing and immersive with the 3D poly-style shapes floating in the air as obstacles. Coupled with great visuals is the lazy cruise music that binds well with the concept. The entire visual and audio combination is both engaging and soothing to eyes, ears and mind as you glide mid-air.
The controls are simple and excellent, though it may take a while to get a hang of it. But once you do it’s an easy glide ahead. The left and right swipe takes the plane in the desired direction. The tilt and touch option works fine too in this case. The swipe up and down would let you have some fun with performing acrobatics in the air. But mind you the controls work in reverse here. The swipe down would actually get your plane soaring up high and vice-versa. Just avoid clicking or tapping on left and right as it sends the plane in a tizzy with erratic jerks.
Glyde is the most simplistic game we have seen lately that manages to bring in some freshness into the mobile gaming arena. With a focused gameplay, mesmerising visuals, enchanting audio and excellent controls MB Games seems to have nailed the art of unassuming addictive games. The free game with no in-app purchases will surely hit the chord with most gamers.