A simple arcade in the atmospheric version
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 30 Aug 2016, tested on HTC One S
Atmospheric soundtrack, neat graphics, unusual game play, simple controls
Cordis for Android is a unique game with a sort of space/spiritual theme going for it. In the center is a "heart" which absorbs asteroids of the same color. Later on, it absorbs asteroids of the same shape. When you get to shapes, you can change the shape of the heart by tapping it, to match it up with incoming asteroids. There are also small gray comets, which give you health, points or other powerups depending on their shape.
There are three curved platforms (shields) orbiting the heart. You hold down to make them move outward, and release to let them fall back. By carefully timing the movements, you can knock undesirable asteroids out the way, while letting the ones you want pass through. Sometimes you you can even catch an asteroid behind your platform and propel it into the heart even faster.
I really love the original concept and design of the game. It’s perhaps a little slow-paced, but it’s very relaxing to play. It’s not that challenging, as all you have to do is time your movements to get the right asteroids in, and tap the heart to match up the shape. There are only rare moments when you have to react quickly. Cordis has a lot of potential; with the gameplay rounded out a bit more it could be a real winner.
Very unique arcade game
Author: Ollie Green
Date: 16 Feb 2015, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Interesting graphics, quality game play, one-finger controls, interesting physics
Cordis for Android is a unique arcade game that explores a concept that has rarely been seen on the mobile platform. If you've played everything there is to play, or you simply want something a little different, this game is worth checking out.
In this game, there is a large crystal in the center of the screen. The objective is to help this crystal grow by letting smaller crystal shards fall into it. You will have three paddles that rotate around the crystal, and these will sometimes hit into incoming shards, pushing them away. You can tap on the screen to slow the movement of the paddles and push them further away from the crystal, and letting go will return the shards to their original position.
The color of the crystal will change automatically, and the shape can also be changed by tapping on it. Incoming shards will also be of varying shapes and colors, and you will need to match the shape and color of the shards and the crystal, otherwise the crystal won't grow. If the shape and color of the incoming shard does not match, your crystal will take damage, and after three hits the game will end.
The game is mostly quite slow paced and relaxing, but at times you'll let shards through just as your crystal changes color, and at this point there is nothing you can do but watch it slowly drift towards your crystal. This is quite frustrating, and if the game was changed to fix it, I'm sure a lot of players would enjoy it a lot more.
Cordis is free to play, and there are no in-app purchases. There are a variety of banner adverts in this game, but that's as far as it goes with monetization, which is refreshing.