Amazing Gear is a game for Android that puts you in charge of a gear, a gear that floats up and down either left or right depending on which side of the screen you tap. Your aim is to get the gear through gates in order to score points. The more gates you pass through, the more points you score, simple right? Wrong. Amazing Gear is like many other games that rely on simple controls, and an infuriatingly difficult focus on timing and precision. You could say that this is Flappy Bird without the bird, and in portrait mode, but I've spent some time with it and I can say it's much more than that. Read on to find out why.
To play Amazing Gear, you'll need to swing by the Play Store and download it. Once you've done that, you can go ahead and get started.
When you first start playing, you'll see that there's a quick and easy introduction as to how to play the game.
The tutorial here is brutally simple, which is nice for a game like this and as a result, you'll be playing fairly well in no time. So, the aim of the game is to simply tap left to send the gear one way and then tap right to send it another way. The gear then sort of floats in the air and then drops down slightly. This mechanism is the overall gameplay, and you need to adjust your taps left and right, carefully monitoring your timing in order to get through the gates.
At first, I was struggling to get anything beyond two or three, it's definitely a challenging game, that's for sure.
A nice thing about Amazing Gear is that it connects to Google Play Games as well, and you can easily see leaderboards with friends as well as any achievements you may have gotten.
Thankfully, I was able to break double-digits after some time playing the game, and this also gave me my first medal, too.
There's no denying that Amazing Gear is a simple game, in fact in many ways it could be considered too simple, but I enjoyed it. I think what I liked the most about Amazing Gear was that while it's difficult, it's not over-the-top, as in it's not crazy difficult just for the sake of it. Instead, Amazing Gear has a very definite structure to it, and once you adjust to the rhythm of the gear and the general course layout (which does change, but remains familiar) then your only real enemy is yourself. I found the best way to play through Amazing Gear was to do so at a considerable pace, without losing your nerve. I had a lot of fun with this and while the similarities between this and Flappy Bird are apparent, this is a far more reasonable and enjoyable game to play.
- Speed (4/5) – Amazing Gear runs perfectly fine, and the framerate is fluid as you'd expect from a game like this.
- Features (4/5) – Sure, the gameplay is a little light here, but this is a fun game and it's not only addictive, but also something you can actually succeed at, rather than other games of this nature that are just too difficult.
- Theme (4/5) – I'm a fan of minimalism and this stark look really lets the gameplay shine, and it takes away nay distractions, helping you get in "the zone" much easier.
- Overall (4/5) – A solid game that might not appeal to everyone, Amazing Gear is simple, addictive and good fun no matter where you are.
- No complicated controls or anything like that, you just start playing.
- Addictive, dangerously so.
- Doesn't try to be anything it isn't, it carries itself as a simple, easy to play game and that's exactly what it is.
- Once you get used to it, the game has a sort of natural rhythm to it that's very satisfying the more skilled you become.
- Might be too simple for some players.
- Easier game mode would be nice to have for younger players, but the game does get progressively more difficult the longer you play.
Overall, Amazing Gear is a simple fun game that doesn't try to be anything it isn't. It's designed as a fun, challenging title that has a simple mechanic throughout the game. The graphics are sparse and retro-cool, and it's also one of the few Flappy Bird like games that I've spent far too long playing and I actually want to play again. A good challenge, Amazing Gear is worth taking a look at.