Published on November 6th, 2013 | by Christine Celis
Device 6 – iPad Game Review
Summary: Simogo has clearly put a lot of thought into their latest game for the iOS. Clearly, it’s very rare for games that involve reading or literature to get some buzz at the App Store, but Device 6 has exceeded expectations.
Great Puzzles; Hit-Or-Miss Genre
Remember those “choose-your-own-adventure” books that you used to pore over during your elementary school days? That’s what Device 6 is similar to; only it’s in digital form and is made to appeal to a much older audience with its psychological thriller/science fiction storyline.
Simogo has clearly put a lot of thought into their latest game for the iOS. Clearly, it’s very rare for games that involve reading or literature to get some buzz at the App Store, but Device 6 has exceeded expectations.
You don’t just use your finger to swipe to turn to the next page. The words come to life and demonstrate the actions described in the text! Anna walks and turns in a hallway? The words on the page also turn with her! Climbing a spiral staircase? Well, there go the words all spiraling along with her!
For the puzzles, it’s the traditional logic and riddles kind of stuff. There are some that make you grab a pen and paper just so you can take important notes, while there are others that only need a second to get solved. You just need to pay attention. Reading between the lines is actually helpful with this game (hint hint!)
Some of the puzzles can even make you feel like a total genius once you’ve cracked them. I know I felt like one when I encountered and solved one of the most difficult ones within the game—and maybe knocked down a mug in the process of doing a victory dance.
Sure, it’s refreshing to see something like that appear on an iOS game, but it can be downright frustrating to tilt and flip my iPad mini so I can follow the words of the game. It’s hard to keep up with things when you’re rotating your device in the middle of the night while you’re lying in bed, you know.
As for the other downsides of the game, I think it’s too short. If you look beyond all the fancy effects and puzzles, the whole storyline is actually pretty straightforward. I won’t spoil you with any details of the story, but you have to remember that Device 6 isn’t actually a full book—it’s only a game that’s similar to a book (as evident with it’s black text on digital parchment paper layout), but with better graphics and effects.
I highly recommend Device 6 if you’re a literature buff and puzzle nerd like me. If you want a normal, somewhat boring way to read a book and challenge your minds, then download iBooks instead, or grab the newspaper and do the crossword puzzle instead! But seriously, Device 6 is amazing, if you look past the headaches that it can cause you from trying to find a way out of a chapter.
Device 6 is effective in making you feel nostalgic about a once-forgotten method of “having fun” by providing a very innovative twist to it. I can’t recommend this game for players who prefer action-packed games that involve a lot of swiping, swerving, pushing, tapping, etc. on an iPad screen. It’s basically a game made for “adults”, as younger ones won’t be able to appreciate it as much.