Since the first time I had spoken to the team they have gone through a few name changes and have solidified what they produced and presented in Dundee. Their rhythmic, side scrolling action game is fun, bright, fast and loud. Size DOES Matter is an iOS essential.
Rhythmic games are normally built around speed and the players skill, earning points and bonuses for combinations and successful runs. Size DOES Matter isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but has managed to provide one of the best experiences of this mechanic available with a touchscreen. There are two inputs on either side of the display to change the height and width of your block, which are always responsive, leaving me to blame noone but myself and my lack of skill when a successful streak comes to an end. Controls are important for any game, but mobile games that rely on touchscreens need to get these right to stand any chance in Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store. Plenty of games get this so wrong that I end up putting them down; Size DOES Matter is not one of them.
The game is smooth, loud and it looks amazing. The neon pops on the darker backgrounds, with the game moving smoothly across the screen. Timing your moves is crucial, but the game is smooth enough to make this process entirely reliant on the players fast reflexes and timing. There’s no bad hit-detection or muddied graphics obscuring your view, and while the screenshots make the game look busy, all the onscreen elements come into focus at just the right time.
No game is perfect and if there was one thing I could ask for it would be time. Whenever I mistimed a move or hit the gates heading towards me I lost a “strike” as well as my combination. On a long string of lines I wasn’t given the time to readjust and recover before being bombarded by blocks. I think that a mechanic that slowed down and allowed for a split second to recover would make my mistakes feel less like I needed to restart the level to succeed.
Currently on the UK App Store for £0.99, the game doesn’t support in-app purchasing at the moment, something I had asked about when interviewing Mattis which I’m glad has made it’s way into the full release. Size DOES Matter is full of content for the pound that you are spending, with fourteen unique songs by the contributing artists. It’s got great touchscreen controls, music that makes you smile and is perfect in bite sized gaming sessions or longer slogs on the sofa. There are some games that every iOS gamer should have, and I think this is one of them.