GE­SUND­HEIT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

9 cert, Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Con­cepts, iPad (also iPhone, iPod Touch) Wait long enough and any ac­claimed app game will be free. Ge­sund­heit is a de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent of the App Store’s Game of the Week, IGN’s Best Puz­zle Game of 2011 and numer­ous other ac­co­lades. A theme of sneez­ing and snif­fling, Ge­sund­heit is a top­i­cal ti­tle for flu and cold sea­son. You play a lit­tle pig, green around the gills, who sneezes adorable gobs of mu­cus. This os­tracises him from the other piggies, but proves use­ful when mon­sters in­vade his town. The ob­ject of the game is to lay snotty bait around the lev­els, lead­ing the mon­sters into traps and avoid­ing their line of vi­sion. Game­play is smooth and dis­tinc­tive, and it’s pack­aged beau­ti­fully: the il­lus­tra­tions, all crayon and marker, look like a lost clas­sic chil­dren’s book, and the mu­sic is a folky, in­gra­ti­at­ing cho­rus of flutes and lutes. Ge­sund­heit is an in­ven­tive, unique app game, and it’s a nice les­son for kids about the value in be­ing dif­fer­ent, al­beit told through the medium of snot.

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