|System: DSi||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: WayForward Technologies||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: WayForward Technologies||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 1, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
By the time you'll get into the swing of things, the puzzle challenges start to ramp up in difficulty, becoming excruciatingly tough at moments. In some cases, you're forced to flip screens in mid-fall several times in order to catch yourself in a tiny little space surrounded by solid mass. Other times you'll have to flip into special blocks to break them and hit colored switches to make other blocks appear and disappear. Finding the correct sequences of paths to take can be a challenge on its own. Also, at the end of each tier of levels, Alta wand goes haywire, flipping between several screens at regular timed intervals. Navigating the level by being in the right place at the right time when the flip occurs is another tricky and fun way to play.
Catchy music and a cute visual style round out the game's upbeat presentation. The characters are pretty small on the screen, but they're loaded with subtle movements and nice animation details. The background of each set of levels has a distinct look (and scrolling movement in some cases) and there's a cool shimmery visual effect applied to the phantom levels on the lower screen. Mighty Flip Champs! has a great level of polish, both in concept and in presentation, and it's this kind of attention to detail and style we'd like to see given to more DSiWare releases in the future.
Mighty Flip Champs! is super fun and extremely challenging. It's certainly one of the first must-have games available for DSiWare, and there's a lot gameplay to explore. A lot of thought and mental anguish clearly went into every aspect of the game's design. The puzzles are extremely clever, even if they ramp up in difficulty rather quickly. You'd do well to give this one a spin. For eight bucks, you can't go wrong with this unusual puzzler.
CCC Staff Contributor