Beyond Ynth for iPhone and iPad review

Beyond Ynth for iPhone and iPad is a cute little platformer game with great graphics that is unique, fun, and challenging. It's about a little bug named Kribl who's on a big journey to bring light back to the Kingdom of Kriblonia. In order to do so, you must move, turn, and traverse labrynth boxes which help you reach the end of each level.

The controls for Beyond Ynth are very basic and simply include 4 buttons, two on each side of the screen. The bottom buttons move Kribl left and right and the top buttons make Kribl jump left or right. Beyond Ynth includes interactive tutorials that teaches you all the tips and tricks to having a successful journey including slamming down Ynths, climbing, moving objects and more.

Beyond Ynth includes 80 levels that are displayed on a map. You start out in the forest and as you complete levels, new ones become available. All the levels have amazing graphics that compel me to choose my Retina iPad over my iPad mini even though I typically prefer to play games on my iPad mini.

During your journey with Kribl, you will encounter a wide variety of habitats including dusty deserts, volcanic valleys, dark forests, and icy mountain peaks. Each habitat has its own special trait and thus it's own tutorial. For example, in icy levels, you may encounter slippery sections of your blocks and Kribl will only survive outside of a Ynth for a few seconds at a time.

The good

  • Fun, addicting, and challenging
  • 80 levels
  • Storybook with hand-drawn illustrations
  • Realistic physics gameplay elements
  • Original music and songs, recorded in a studio
  • Super-smooth dimensional scrolling
  • High-score lists and achievements
  • Helpful rewind feature
  • Solution videos
  • 15 hours of gameplay

The bad

  • Addicting enough to kill a significant amount of productivity. Wait, is that really a con?

The conclusion

Beyond Ynth is a fantastic casual platformer puzzle game that will easily have you hooked after just a few minutes. Each level is unique in its own way and look amazing on Retina screens. This is another one of those games that I can't believe I'm only discovering now, because it really is quite awesome.

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Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

  • Looks like a cool game, but not if they charge seperately for iphone and ipad version
  • Sadly, the iPad version DOES NOT have retina graphics!
  • What? Yes it does.
  • No, it most certainly DOES NOT. If you can't tell the difference, I think you ought to ask your colleagues to explain/show you, or stop writing reviews. I know what retina graphics look like, and this game definitely does not have them.
  • Adansantos - you are mistaken, Beyond Ynth HD does support the the retina iPad since the last update. While menu graphics and the story are still non-retina, in-game graphics are drawn at retina resolution and those assets have always been high-resolution. I do know as I'm the coder. Leanna Lofte, thank you for a very nice review!
  • Exactly... it is PARTLY retina. Come on, don´t be lazy and make it all retina!
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