Cover Orange HD iPad Review

Everyone’s played at least one tower defense game, and many have enjoyed Plants vs Zombies’ flower defense. But now, the ingenious Cover Orange HD brings a new kind of genre to the iPad: shower defense.

In Cover Orange HD, based on a popular Flash game, you must protect delicate, smiley-faced oranges from the coming acid rain. You’re given a few objects to drop into each scene, and must guide the oranges to a place where they can have a roof over their heads. If they’re touched by even one drop of acid rain, they’ll shrivel up and rot.

The objects you drop react with realistic physics, from rolling wheels to sturdy crates. It only takes a few levels before you can reliably predict how each object will move– an extremely important feature of a great physics puzzler.

Make it rain.

In addition, Cover Orange HD has the excellent animation we’ve come to expect from developer FDG. Your oranges will cower and pray as each storm passes, and they’ll express relief when they’re safe. They also have horrible, gut-wrenching death animations, and as they waste away you’ve got nobody else to blame but yourself.

Cover Orange HD contains 80 levels for now, and those will take you a good two to three hours to complete. Sometimes your goal is pretty clear, since you’re usually given just a few objects to drop, and small markings will provide clues as to where they go. For example, wooden crates tend to go in crate-shaped holes, with small pegs to keep them locked into place.

Build your own buggy.

Cover Orange HD uses Game Center high scores, but we didn’t think the high score counter in this game was essential. Your score is based on your time spent on each level, but we had fun just solving each puzzle at our own pace.

We were soundly impressed by the level design, animation, and creativity of Cover Orange HD. It’s a Must Have game for the iPad, especially if you love other great physics puzzlers like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope.

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