Friday, July 19, 2013

Undiscovered App #27: Arranger - A Fun Retro Mashup

Arranger
Today's Undiscovered App is a little bit on the hard-to-fit category. Arranger, by Arman Bohn, is kind of like that old school game, King's Quest, but in a musical context, and during your adventures, you're thrust into more than 25 mini-games, many unrelated to each other, all while trying to collect items, fight bosses, and complete quests and solve problems. Little games like Simon are interspersed within the app, while other mini games require more hand-eye coordination, and others, spatial manipulation. It's an odd mishmash of surprisingly satisfying games when you complete them, and the best part is, it's stitched together into one app with a fun little story line.

Being retro-themed, the graphics are pretty awful, and it takes a person who grew up on early IBM-PC games that booted up through DOS to get a full appreciation of the work here. But don't let that stop you. I downloaded it out of curiosity, and after deciding to play with it for five minutes just to get a feel for it, I found myself in a little time warp and didn't look up until an hour had passed. It's that engaging in a quirky kind of way. And the music is great.

Arranger screen shots

Arranger has been quietly well received, with an average rating of 4.5 stars from 26 reviews, and can be downloaded for $0.99. This is one of the better retro-themed apps out there, and if you like RPGs or adventure games, or even better yet, having a ton of mini games all rolled into one, this is one worth downloading.


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