Wriggle does something that seldom happens in gaming. It took the concept of Rush Hour, which has been recycled tenfold, and made just enough modifications and improvements to make it seem like a completely different game. If you like puzzle games, then it is inevitable that these worms will wriggle onto your iPhone.
Instead of an open board where straight objects of different sizes can move around, Wriggle is made up of carefully designed paths. The goal is to move the blue worm to his hole, which is marked by a flag. However, his multicolored friends are blocking his way. You must maneuver all of the worms in order to brighten the blue worm’s day.
Unlike cars, worms are flexible. Therefore, these insects can move in any direction, so long as there is enough space to do so. You can drag the worms around by their head or tail. Any limb that can move is highlighted with a spinning circle.
Wriggle includes 80 levels spanning four levels of difficulty. The learning curve is just right, with a brief but effective tutorial that does an efficient job of teaching the user the general gameplay in under a minute. This can be revisited at any time.
One of Wriggle’s strong points is its stat tracking, which records how many moves it took you to complete a level. If you can achieve the goal number of moves, you will get a gold medal; otherwise, you’ll be stuck with silver. There are also multiple achievements that can be collected over the course of the game. All of this adds to the replay value in a big way.
Red is really kicking himself as Blue closes in on the flag.
The only initially confusing aspect of Wriggle is how the move counter works. Basically, every time you drag a worm and lift your finger off the screen, you have ‘moved’ it. The game doesn’t do a good job of explaining it, but it becomes obvious quickly.
Our only real complaint with Wriggle is nothing more than a minor quibble. The level select screen takes the long, scrolling approach instead of keeping itself compact. This allows for a detailed overview but feels tedious.
We highly recommend Wriggle to gamers who like challenging and original puzzles. It’s a tough but fair puzzle game, and one of the best on the iPhone.