Eliss Infinity Review

February 12, 2014

Eliss Infinity hurls you into an abstract universe where you sort planets for obliteration. They emerge somewhat randomly on the display and should be manipulated by your digits, making them an appropriate size to dump in “squeesars” that occasionally appear and wink said worlds out of presence.

Naturally, there are twists that obstruct any idea that you’ll be finished with your planet disposal within simple minutes. Nearly right away, you discover that the limited energy bar is quickly exhausted when two planets of a different color collide. Thankfully, you get a quick caution ought to an inbound planet appear all set to emerge below one of an additional color, but consistent alertness is the order of the day.

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As you move with Odyssey mode’s 25 sectors, it’s quickly clear that each needs a various approach to prosper. Early sectors are simple, merely entrusting you with tearing apart or combining earths prior to discarding them in squeesars of the same color. But then furious, wandering red storms show up, in addition to planet-sucking whirlwinds, while some levels throw earths at you at a blistering pace. There’s periodic reprieve in the form of downturn perks and triangular area dust that can be mopped up to renew energy, however such relief is uncommon.

It’s easy to end up being overwhelmed and aggravated, as your fingers perform a detailed dance atop your device, desperately keeping back some earths while tearing and flicking others into the abyss. However even the most difficult levels are solvable with the right method, and Eliss is so great– so perfect for iOS– that you will not stop until you have beaten the entire game.

Savvy longtime iOS players will naturally have experienced much of this in the initial release of Eliss, back in 2009. For them, the absence of new levels in Odyssey may disappoint, however, in addition to Retina, widescreen, and iPad support, the game now boasts a noodly sandbox, where you can fling earths about without losing, and the endless score-based Infinity mode. The last of those is the actual reward: a frantic, faintly absurd, manic, and entirely addictive juggling act that bonded a broad smile to this reviewer’s face that refused to disappear.

The bottom line. We’ve actually been imagining an Eliss upgrade for years, and Eliss Infinity proves dreams can often become a reality. More significantly, exactly what was ingenious in 2009 remains fresh, tactile, and truly terrific today.