. . . AND THEN IT RAINED

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

★★★★ 4 cert, Me­gagon In­dus­tries, iPhone (also iPod Touch)

Ev­ery­body com­plains about the weather, Mark Twain said, but no­body does any­thing about it. . . . And Then It Rained might be con­sid­ered an ec­cen­tric so­lu­tion to a wet cli­mate. While it won’t make your socks dryer, it will re­mind you of the beauty of rain – easy to for­get in a coun­try like Ire­land. This sim­ple, el­e­gant and ad­dic­tive lit­tle app game asks play­ers to move coloured blocks un­der the cor­re­spond­ing drops be­fore they fall. It’s like Space In­vaders in re­verse, mov­ing your avatar in front of fall­ing cur­sors in­stead of away from them. There are vari­a­tions, in­clud­ing time tri­als, align­ing tow­ers un­der mul­ti­ple drops, and (thank­fully) a “re­lax­ing” or “chal­leng­ing” mode. As with the re­cent Thomas Was Alone, the graph­ics are min­i­mal but at­trac­tive, and the mu­sic and sound ef­fects are gen­tle and charm­ing; a sweet chime when a drop falls on the right place, and a mildly jar­ring lit­tle splash sound when it misses. itunes.com

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