Glyder

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Glyder is a platforming flying title from Glu.


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    Game Of The Month, April 2009: Glyder!

    We played a lot of stellar games at Slide To Play in April, so there were many candidates for our inaugural Game Of The Month award. Leaf Trombone: World Stage taught us the joys of performing tunes in front of a global audience. Perfect Balance applied exquisite physics torture. And we enjoyed slaughtering many a Nazi in Wolfenstein 3D.

    Even after such a strong month, one game stood out from all the rest: Glu’s Glyder.

    At one time or another, every one of us has dreamed of soaring effortlessly through the air on gossamer wings. To create Glyder, Glu took that basic human urge and, well, flew with it.

    There’s no violence in Glyder, no demanding goals and no time limits — only you, your steampunk-inspired wings, and the sky. The tilt controls are perfectly responsive, so your iPhone serves as a window into the game’s immense aerial playgrounds.

    The game’s mystical islands are riddled with nooks, crannies, and secrets to discover. And there are many Xbox-style achievements to unlock for performing various feats of skill and derring-do.

    Leaping off high platforms, swooping down to collect crystals, then regaining altitude on thermal vents to do it all over again? It’s a great way to leave the stress and rigors of the day behind for a short while. And at just $0.99, you won’t have to smash your piggy bank to do it.

    Congrats to Glyder, STP’s Game Of The Month for April 2009!

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    Glyder Review

    It’s safe to say that just about every kid growing up has had dreams of flying. A stylish hang glider is usually the next best thing. Glu lets you indulge in your soaring dreams with Glyder, setting you loose in a world built for flying with an unlimited number of lives and no enemies to hinder you. It’s almost like an R. Kelly song… “I dream about it every night and day…” ah, never mind.

    Glyder is a simple game, with a simple backstory. Eryn somehow got lost and ended up in a different dimension with her handy dandy glyder — we don’t think Glu likes the letter ‘i’ — and now you must guide her home. Luckily, this dimension is different than most fantasy worlds in that it’s not brimming with undesirable monster types. It’s quiet and beautiful, full of waterfalls and soaring heights, with endless ocean and sky — a good reason to spend your time flying.

    Goals are defined right off the bat: Collect crystals, land on platforms, use thermal vents to climb and fly using the accelerometer. It’s no secret that accelerometer-driven games often raise red flags, so much so that many avoid them entirely. But whatever they did over at Glu, they did it right. Eryn and her glyder respond seamlessly to every movement, and the handling is so easy and smooth that it starts to feel like you are, in fact, flying.

    Eryn begins in Rift Valley, which is surrounded by five other locations. The goal is to collect the three types of crystals scattered throughout the world, using only the thermal vents and boost tokens to aid you. Achievements provide your other goals — think Xbox 360. If you have the patience for them, you may find yourself doing some crazy things to add to your awards, like flying for 12 minutes straight without landing or making it from one platform to another in a limited time. The range of achievements definitely adds some appreciated variety to the title.

    Glyder is a beautiful game, and its well-executed use of the accelerometer is unsurpassed. Despite a thin plot, the game’s graphics and soothing flight (own music an option) make for a fantastic ride.