An excellent arcade game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 21 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent visuals, great sound, limited ads
Hitboxes feel too big, no rewards
Rotatio for Android is a game about journeys, both figuratively and literally. You play as a circle that is making its way to who knows what. You really have no control over where you’re going but you do have limited control over movement. You’ll use this to dodge the gates of life.
The first thing anyone will notice is the really great visuals. Even the main title screen just looks great. When you actually hop in the game you realize the same design language made it into the rest of the game as well. The music also goes a long way to making the game feel much more relaxing than it actually is.
I think the gameplay is where I got a bit lost. The circle travels on a line that is constantly rotating. Tapping the screen causes the circle to change the direction that the circle is moving in. The whole thing is a bit chaotic because the gate has such a small opening and you can’t really tell where you’ll end up until right when you’re about to pass through the game. In other words, it’s really hard.
Like most arcade games, my complaints stem from the lack of rewards and diversity. Nothing in the game truly changes. Sure, things get faster, but higher levels don’t look any different from the first level. And there are no rewards or other reasons to continue playing the game.
I enjoyed my time spent with Rotatio, but it didn’t hold my attention long enough to earn a permanent place on my phone.