Blown Away is our game of the week

We go through a lot of mobile apps and games and while there’s a lot of great stuff out there, so much of it looks like it came out of the same can. Remember when flash games first appeared? Every game seemed to have the same features and artwork as if everyone had commissioned the same graphic artist.

Blown Away has it’s own look and this is just one of the things that makes this platform game so much more refreshing. There’s something about original artwork that makes the gaming experience that much more immersive and Black Pants Studio‘s Blown Away is a great example of that. Plus, it’s as fun to play as it is to look at.

Collect the pieces and help Hendrik to rebuild his house

The premise of Blown Away is the story of Hendrik whose house (and hair) has been “blown away” by a massive windstorm. Your mission: collect the pieces of his house while avoiding numerous obstacles and pitfalls, such as various adorable monsters or worse, falling to your death.blown away hendrik house

In many platformers, you need to jump to avoid the obstacles in your way but in this game’s case, little Hendrik has electric shoes which, when charged, allow him to teleport to the next platform or over some adverse situation. Initially you need to teleport sparingly or else your shoes will be out of juice. You need to walk on solid ground to recharge. However, as I found out, once you pass a certain stage you can gain an extra battery, which will allow you to store more energy. Trust me on this one: you’re going to need it.blown away level

Another thing that I really like about Blown Away is the pace at which the game gets more challenging, effectively training you. I’m currently playing the Broken Fields world and each level within the stage introduces a little extra challenge so you get a little more experience with the dynamics of the game as you go along. Each level is like a puzzle in that it’s not as simple as just making it off the screen. The real challenge is figuring out how to collect all the little pieces of Hendrik’s house on each level. I was actually stuck on level 10 for quite awhile because no matter how many times I did the level, I only found 6 out of 7 pieces. After maybe 20 tries, I finally found it . (hint: look behind the propeller!)

One last note: Blown Away has some cute and goofy music. The sounds are really quirky and the level screens make good use of the old jaw harp. In terms of ads, there are none. There are however a full 120 levels to Blown Away ,divided over 4 worlds, which you can purchase in full if you want: full game for $3.60 or the next world for a mere $1.44.

Developer: Black Pants Studio
Download it from Google Play
Download it from iTunes

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