Save the Kingdom…never give up…Beyond Ynth! That little phrase has been stuck in my head ever since I first fired up the award winning game called Beyond Ynth from FDG Entertainment. Beyond Ynth is the most polished Puzzle game I’ve seen in ages, and it’s got the catchiest theme song since Burn the Rope. Great music and polish don’t make a great game, but that’s not the case with Beyond Ynth as it’s got everything you’re looking for in a great game and more…
So here’s the deal, you play Kribl a little bug on a journey to bring light back to Kriblonia, and you’ll need to find the light-giving Dazzly Diamonds that were stolen by the Four Dark Spiders of the Apocalypse. You’ll do this by flipping, jumping, and pushing your way through a slew of levels in a series of boxes. Each box is different and as you move to the corner of each box you can flip it over with your weight causing it to “move” throughout each level. It may sound a little bizarre, as all things are in Beyond Ynth, but you’ll get the hang of “box pushing” quickly. Some boxes are heavy and when they hit the ground, they can cause things to fall from trees while other boxes have acorns and blocks in them that you’ll have to navigate around to move the box or get into another box. Inside those boxes you’ll also deal with springboards, one-way doors, and a lot of other tricky obstacles in your quest for the Dazzly Diamonds… who knew boxes were so tricky?
Beyond Ynth gives games 80 levels of frustrating fun spread broken down into different areas, and spread out across a map of Kriblonia. You also get a storybook titled “Beyond Ynth A Bug’s Tale” that’s an on-going story of Kribl and his quest. The drawings in the book have great style and use real voice acting to tell the tale. The stats section is pretty cool as well as it keeps up with practically everything from box turns and diamonds collected to how many Kribls you’ve lost and how you lost them. Beyond Ynth uses Openfeint, supports Zeemote control (very cool) and has a Rewind function. Yup, if you make a mistake you can rewind the action a bit so you can try and not make the same mistake twice. The rewind effect itself is slick, and looks just like you’re rewinding an old VCR tape. The achievements, Diamonds and collection of Pro Points coupled with the amount of levels means you’ll get anywhere from 10-20 hours of gameplay depending on your skill.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that personally, Beyond Ynth is the best puzzle game I’ve ever played. Besides being easy on the eyes, it has a slew of levels, Zeemote support, real voice acting, and pretty much the catchiest theme song I’ve ever heard in a game. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this game at all; I honestly can’t understand why it doesn’t have as many downloads as Angry Birds. Maybe people don’t like originality, I don’t know. Either way, if you haven’t played it yet you’re really missing out on a puzzling puzzler with awesome & original gameplay; it’s “Award Winning” for a reason folks. There isn’t a free version of the regular game, but you can check out Beyond Ynth Xmas Edition for free to see what all the fuss is about. The regular version of the game is a deal at only $3.99, and you can get it in the market.