While I am unhappy about developers plagiarism of popular titles for the Windows Phone operating system, I do feel for its users. With the platform often a last thought for developers, sometimes waiting for an official release can be a painfully long experience for an eager gamer.
I guess what I am saying is that I forgive aa plus its existence, as in the absence of the "real" aa app, it is at least a faithful imitation.
S-Pin me round
aa plus keeps the addictively simple, single-tap gameplay of its inspiration, as you fire balls into orbit around a larger spinning orb. Every sphere you fire upward sticks in place like a pin, eventually leaving you with what looks like a black 2D pincushion rotating in a blank vacuum.
The trick is to squeeze all of your allotted orbs into the available space. As you progress through the levels the number of orbs you start with increases, leaving you less and less room to fit them all in.
The first time I started with 10 balls I was convinced it would be impossible. With a little perseverance, however, I soon settled into the rhythm, achieving a state of aa plus Zen. Here in lies the addictive quality of the game, as you start to zone out while playing, subconsciously working out the required pattern of taps and timing.
Round and round again
This is where the knock off really starts to pale against the iOS and Android original. Rather than beginning to layer in levels of complexity with varying speed and reversed direction, aa plus seems happy to just increase the speed until it becomes too fast to be fun. This means that, while there are hundreds of levels, you will quickly find yourself burned out by the simplistic one-note challenge.
To add to its problems, aa plus lacks accuracy, with each orb able to slightly pass through the others in a way that would be unforgivable in its polished, tightly designed inspiration.
Hardly a revolution
If aa is ever truly released on Windows Phone, then you should delete aa plus immediately and download it – because it’s just better. Until then, however, you will find some limited fun in this mediocre copy of the twitch-filled title.