Sand Slides is a challenging puzzle game in which players must attempt to direct falling grains of coloured sand into their matching coloured holes at the bottom of the screen. To do this, players must draw lines on the screen which creates slides for the sand to roll down. The game was designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by Paul Carter and is currently free to download.
Sand Slides is a quick thinking puzzle game in which players must ensure the coloured grains of sand fall into the correct holes at the bottom of the screen. Players can do this by drawing slides on the screen to direct the sand in the required direction. Players can draw three lines at a time and must think carefully about how they position them, as another colour of sand will quickly be falling too. Players draw slides by dragging their fingers across the screen.
There are three difficulties to choose from, which changes the speed at which the different colours come, the background and the colours themselves, which actually makes the game a little more difficult. Each level is designed the same. There are three funnels at the top of the screen and three holes at the bottom. Coloured sand will begin to fill the funnels and a timer will count down to their release. The sand will then fall. The player is allowed a certain amount of grains falling down the wrong coloured holes before the game is over. This figure counts down at the top of the screen.
Players must work out the best strategy for the situation, whether it’s quick drawing or drawing cups for the sand to sit in temporarily. The aim of the game is to score as many correct grains as possible. These add up to become the players overall score once the level is over. The game continues endlessly until the player makes more than the allowed mistakes.
The graphics on Sand Slides is pretty poor. The background doesn’t feel quite right and it suggests the game was cheaply made and put together. The sand itself is just coloured pixels and the physics of the dispersal is clearly wrong. The whole game just feels rushed. The graphics are not the worst feature however. The game play is repetitive and boring and there is no incentive for the player to play. The game is challenging, and even the easy mode is not that easy, which is a good thing, but after one or two tries, most players will be deleting this app. Sand Slides just isn’t anything special and with the number of physics based puzzle games out there, it really needs to be in order to stand out. Players won’t miss out if they miss this game.