So you’ve already read what I think about Aiko Island for the iPhone. Just a few days ago IceFlame Studios released twenty-five new holiday themed levels for as a separate free download. I just wanted to share a few thoughts on Aiko Island: Holidays. See my previous post if you want a little more detail on the overall game mechanics.
The new levels are just as much fun as the original. I thought I’d gotten past the need to beat the evil reds after I finished the original 125 levels, but the compulsion to get three cookies for the perfect finish hit me as soon as I dropped my first Aiko down that icy slope into the pit trap. I grabbed the download while I was at work and what started as ‘Just one level before I eat lunch’ ended over an hour later when I realized lunch time had been over for ten minutes and the phone was ringing but those smug red Aiko were still smirking at me.
This release will be great for veteran players, but releasing it as a separate (free) download gives me the impression that IceFlame is positioning it to attract some new players. I’m not so sure that is a good idea. One of the strengths of the original was how it slowly ramped up the difficulty and introduced new elements a little at a time. The Holiday levels start out simple and have the familiar tutorial, but the skill level jumps quickly and it may be tough for new players to keep up. I’d love to see more levels down the line so the last thing I want to see is potential new players getting discouraged because it got too hard too soon.
The final verdict……… this one is great for veterans. If this is your first time with Aiko and you’re discouraged by the difficulty, go grab the original and spend some time with it. At $0.99 it’s well worth the value.