Blown Away is a little platformer with an interesting twist. Instead of the usual jumping across platforms which has existed from the time of Mario, in Blown Away you teleport. Hendrik, the protagonist is terribly unlucky and the no sooner had he built his house that the wind blew it away, along with all his precious hair. Now, with only a single hair on his head and a unique pair of teleporting shoes, he must rebuild his home.
The shoes charge up the teleporting battery as long as Hendrik keeps in contact with the ground and discharge every time you teleport. The essence of Blown Away is not so much about finding the fastest route across as much as it is about finding the optimal one. This game starts off easy and seems like it would get mundane very fast but it becomes much harder within a few levels of playing it. It offers a great challenge and really tests your puzzle solving skills. Throughout the game, you can upgrade your skills to teleport faster and with lesser energy. The simple storyline also binds the game together neatly and collecting all parts of Henrik’s destroyed house can reveal the secret of the terribly powerful wind.
The hand drawn, water coloured graphics of Blown Away look like they belong in a children’s picture book and never cease to enthral. The music is pleasing and adds to the game’s storybook feel. There are no ads for the first 30 stages after which you have to shell out money. Well worth it, though!
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