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Don’t retrace your steps in Walkabout Android game

by Caitlin M. Foyt

The rule of "don't step on the same square twice" is more difficult than it sounds. Fans of even the most challenging puzzle games are sure to get a run for their money in Walkabout for Android.

As a small, Japanese Lego-like character, you have to help out the queen by collecting all of the gold stars on the screen. The catch, though, is that you can't tread across the same spot more than a single time.

At first, the game is quite simple, and for several levels you'll be wondering why you spent money on such a silly game. But then rocks and bushes suddenly start blocking your way, and you'll notice the amount of time between when you start and when you finish each puzzle will lengthen.

The longer you play, the more opportunities you'll have to earn bonus points by finding hidden keys that have been buried somewhere on the screen.

Earlier, I alluded to the game's graphics, which are colorful and strange. Everything almost looks like it was cut out and layered or made with clay to give it a 3D effect. This art style probably won't be loved by all, though, and some might immediately write it off as a game for young children.

Another issue with Walkabout is that it quickly starts to feel repetitive. Because the soundtrack plays on a loop, the short tune quickly got on my nerves and I had to shut the sound off. The queen has two catch phrases that she sticks with at the end of each level: "You're getting the hang of this" and "Think before you move!" The game is fun for little bits of time, but it's not one that I could spend hours playing.

Walkabout isn't perfect: It's a perfect example of a mediocre brain puzzler. If you're not an especially big fan of this kind of puzzle game, but you think Walkabout's graphics might be refreshing, give the app's free, lite version a try first.

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