In my never ending quest to track down unique Android apps, I stumbled across a quirky, new puzzle game from developer 10tons called Joining Hands. Just as the title implies it’s all about holding hands, but it’s also much more than that. You’ll be helping a little race of creatures called the Peablins who need to hold hands to keep the awful Bogeyman at bay. This is one of those games you might be tempted to skip after just hearing it’s name, but don’t be fooled as Joining Hands is a very polished game and a lot of fun as well.
The gameplay is rather simple as you’ll just need to drag the little Peablins into their spot and ensure that they’re holding hands with their brethren. Problem is, that some Peablins have 3 or 4 hands so you’ll have to be careful where you place them if you want to complete the level. There are also stars on most levels, and you’ll need to place a Peablin in that space to collect the stars. As the game progresses, you’ll be introduced to more of the Peablin’s kinfolk like the Brufflin, and the very emo Poeglin. Each of these newcomers have their own issues to deal with; the Brufflin isn’t flexible and can only be rotated to link hands while the Poeglin’s are very moody, and need their own personal space. This can make joining hands quite difficult as the levels progress.
Another thing that surprised me about this game is the large amount of levels it has. There are 10 different worlds with well over 120 levels in all. There is a progress meter for each world, and once you complete enough levels you’ll be allowed to jump ahead if you want. All the worlds are aptly named, liked the Emo Poeglin’s world dubbed “Alone Forever.” There isn’t a time limit or any enemies as you’ll just need to figure out how you’re going to get all the different Peablin’s together and joining hands.
Joining Hands is a unique, polished puzzler and I’m very glad I stumbled across it in the market. There is loads of depth due to the large number of levels, and due to the fact that all Peablin’s aren’t created equally. It’s very easy to pick up and play, but will challenge you when all the different Peablin’s start showing up in the later levels. You’ll also get some obstacles thrown in your way, which can be pretty frustrating as I quickly found out. The graphics & sound effects are also top notch; overall it’s a well-made puzzler that’s a lot of fun to play. There isn’t a free version available right now, but the full version can be had for $3.42. If you’re a fan of puzzle games, you’ll definitely enjoy Joining Hands.