Diamond Islands Hands-On

Funny thing about primitive islanders–they just love to roll giant objects around, whether they’re big stone heads, massive coins, or gargantuan rectangular totems. The islanders in Digital Chocolate’s Diamond Islands, which just hit the App Store for $4.99, are expert totem-rollers, but they don’t necessarily know how to get them from point A to point B. That’s where you come in.

The totem starts standing on its end, and it needs to end up the same way in the certain spot across the level. You direct your islanders to flip the totem end over end by swiping at the screen; they can also roll it along like a log if it’s laying flat on the ground.

The puzzling bit of the equation lies in the game’s 100 levels, which are designed such that you can’t just roll the totem right up and be done with it; you might end up right next to the target space, without enough room to make that one last flip. There are also standard puzzle game elements to up the difficulty, such as bonus diamonds to collect, switches to hit, and different types of surfaces to traverse.

We played the heck out of this game when it came out on mobile phones a year or two ago, and our initial impression of the iPhone version is favorable–the swipe controls are very intuitive, and the presentation is solid. Have a look at the Flash version of the game for a demo. We’ll have our own video up later today.

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