Everyone loves a good puzzle game on mobile devices, but you don’t see that many specifically designed for tablets. With Pinch 2: Special Edition, you get just that, a game meant to take advantage of the extra screen space and provide a good bit of entertainment.
In Pinch 2, you have ‘Norbs’, these little blobs of goo that you have to get to a goal. The screen is broken up into a maze, with a variety of traps, gates and other objects to block your path. By tapping and dragging on a Norb, you can move it around the maze, however, when traps get in the way, you need to start applying your puzzle solving skills. You see, some traps and obstacles only allow small Norbs to pass, while others, require larger Norbs (so they don’t, for example, fall into a hole). Here’s where pinching (a la the game’s name) comes in. By pinching a larger Norb, you can break it into smaller ones to get past an object. If you’re too small to successfully navigate a trap, then you’ll need to combine Norbs into a bigger one, by simply pushing one into another. The game’s puzzles are all reliant upon this “shrink and grow” gameplay, which, although it seems it would get tiresome, works out well, as the puzzles and challenges are kept fresh
If you’re a puzzle fan, Pinch 2: Special Edition is definitely for you. It’ll provide plenty of challenge and the updated graphics (as Special Edition is a graphical update of Pinch 2 HD from 2011) are certainly enjoyable.
Audio/Visual -3/5: Simplistic, but super-cute visuals keep you smiling while you deal with the game’s many challenges.
Gameplay – 4/5: If you like puzzlers, this’ll keep you busy for quite some time.
Innovation - 2/5: Nothing really new here (it’s just a visual update from a nearly 2 year old game).
Value -4/5: All around fun, great value for your 99 cents.
Final Score - 4/5