Exactly five months ago today, I reviewed an awesome contraption game called Pettson's Inventions. Today I am reviewing the newly released app in the series, called Pettson's Inventions Deluxe.
If you are not familiar with the series, Pettson's Inventions is a fun contraption game that stars Pettson, a man who loves inventing new contraptions to accomplish various goals. In each level, you put together a contraption by dragging various components from the palette to the correct positions. Once finished, you pull a lever to test how the contraption would run.
The gameplay is fairly simple. You don't need to flip, rotate, or resize the components. On the other hand, you don't get any hints either. If you want more challenge, you can add a few fake objects into the palette. This makes figuring out the correct contraption design a bit harder.
The new Deluxe version combines 24 puzzles from Pettson's Inventions, 36 puzzles from Pettson's Inventions 2, and 6 brand new puzzles. The menu uses the same design from Pettson's Inventions 2, where levels are shown six at a time. You unlock six new levels every time you complete four levels at the current page.
One sign of a good game is when someone takes a look at it and immediately wants to play. The same thing happened when I played Pettson's Inventions; everyone, including both my sons, wanted to get their hands on it.
Unfortunately the first two versions in the series do not support multi touch, so you have to take turns dragging things on screen. The new Deluxe version, on the other hand, takes this cooperative play experience seriously.
First, the game allows for multiple fingers to play and drag different objects at the same time. Also, instead of putting all the objects on the left hand side, the Deluxe version scatters them evenly on all three sides of the contraption sheet. This allows up to three players to play cooperatively without too much hassle.
Another new feature in the Deluxe version is the VS mode. Leveraging on the ability to support multiple fingers at the same time, the VS mode splits the screen so two players can play head-to-head to solve the same puzzle.
You can of course copy what your opponent is doing, but when speed is the name of the game, you would probably be better off minding your own contraption.
When a player finishes the puzzle first, her score moves by one. The first player who reaches five points wins.
It is also interesting to know that each puzzle has a timer of its own. If neither player can finish the puzzle when the time is up, no one gets a score and the game simply starts a new round with a randomly selected puzzle.
Pettson's Inventions is a great series of fun contraption games. If you haven't played any of the previous two apps, then consider getting the Deluxe version. The cooperative play, VS mode, and the large number of puzzles make the Deluxe version the best of them all.
Pettson's Inventions Deluxe is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.