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Ozone Review: Who knew Air Could be Beautiful

Ozone is a new puzzle platformer from Geardome, who haven’t exactly splashed onto the App Store scene until now.  Of course, they do have some games that people including me haven’t heard of.  But Ozone is something different, and something that should be heard of.

In this game, you’re a ball of air.  You slowly move through the level without depleting yourself, as every time you move you lose a bit of air.  Once you run out of air, well, you’re technically and virtually dead, leaving you with nothing more than the option to restart the level (and of course, the option to return to the menu).

Likes

Graphics: The visuals are probably the best part of the game, and it’s definitely one of the prettier ones.  While the font could do with some changing, the overall design was well-made, and it was very appealing to the eyes.

Environment: The soothing environment was definitely nice after a long day of work, and the gameplay is all about soothing and calming.  There’s no time limit, the objectives aren’t too difficult, and the game itself is based on taking as long as you want as long as you reach the goal.  Simple and relaxing enough to appeal to a lot of people, including me.

Sounds: The bell sounds were always a joy to hear whenever my ball of air collided into the wall.  Instead of an obnoxious, crashing noise, the little “ding” was pleasant and made the game feel a lot less… pressuring.

Dislikes

Social platform: Yep, I’ve got my eyes on you OpenFeint.  This is a game that screams “GET ME OPENFEINT!”, but sadly, the developer hasn’t listened to the pleas just yet.  Sure, there are online leaderboards and all that jazz, but it would have been even better if it was with some social networking platform.  And as you can see from this post, I prefer OpenFeint.

Not for the action: The App Store and most gaming is all about blood, gore, and zombies.  I, for one, love first-person shooters as I find them quite exhilarating.  But I believe that one should sometimes sit down and just relax, but for some reason, other people don’t believe that.  If you’re not a “soothing, relaxing” type of person and want non-stop action, this isn’t a game for you.

Ozone is a beautiful game crafted quite nicely.  Geardome did an awesome job with creating a soothing environment along with making some gorgeous graphics.  While it would have been nice to implement some social platform, Ozone is an overall solid game.  I don’t think you’ll find many faults with it knowing that you only paid $0.99.

From what I see, the iPad version is the same game with better graphics.  I did have the iPad version crash on me a couple of times, so beware of that.

Update: There is background music.  I had to fiddle around with the music options.  Thank you Dan for the notice!

Ozone was developed by Geardome, and I played through version 1.0.2 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $0.99, and there is a free version available.  The iPad version is running at $5.99.




  1. Dan on Monday 31, 2010

    You are may be running it with iPod playing in the background because it definitely HAS music and it’s really beatiful

  2. Daniel on Monday 31, 2010

    I’m editing this as we speak. Seems like I had to fiddle around with the music options to finally get the music working, thanks Dan!

  3. Matt on Monday 31, 2010

    Chill game, but the brake button is absolutely stupid. What’s the use of a physics-based air-propulsion mechanic when you can tap a button to abruptly cancel momentum?! The game should have used a counter-thrust for braking, expending air to do so. I find this breach of physics to be anti thematic and senseless.

    Otherwise, I like it. Reminds me of a DS game, Soul Bubbles, though not quite as good. Why the hell isn’t Soul Bubbles on the app store?!

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