ReviewSave Yammi


Save Yammi

Developer: BulkyPix
Publisher: BulkyPix

Release Date: 08/10/2011

ESRB: RP

Genre: puzzle
Setting: cartoon
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Puzzle games have changed a lot since their original conception: graphic engines, game mechanics and overall presentation. However, the addictive and aggravating nature of them has remained. With the advance of technology, developers have been able to craft games around the touch mechanic. One of the newer games to use this mechanic is known as Save Yammi for the iPod Touch.

Save Yammi is a physics-based puzzler that has you drawing the solution. The purpose of each level is to get the cookie (“yammi” sounds like a word a munchkin would say instead of “yummy”) to pick up the three gold stars and then get it to the red “octopus” somewhere on screen. To complete this goal you have a limited amount of rope to help guide the cookie around. There are also power-ups to help: “wings” to float the cookie up, scissors to split the cookie, electric shield, wheels that speed the cookie around and a shrink ray so it can split through cracks. Mzl

What makes it interesting is that the previous levels lay the foundation for future levels. Nothing feels like it was a dramatic change in difficulty. Its various tricks are mixed and matched to provide a decent challenge. However, it isn’t the level design that provides the challenge. It’s the rope. It acts like it is tacked to the bathtub, so it’ll not be taut. Thus, figuring out how to properly lay/tack it is a big part of the challenge.

Visually, the game is solid. The game has you trying to guide cookies in what looks like a bathroom. The backgrounds are done in a pleasant yet muted color palette. Power-ups are neatly seen along with the various dangers. The octopus moves like a child devouring a cookie. In other words, it’s just a really cute game. Mzl

The very limited sound design emphasizes this as well. The title track is a bouncy drum-based song to get folks excited. The level music is also just as bouncy, though a bit more key with xylophones tinkling in the background. Cookies can get burned and electrocuted. And the octopus has this endearing yet gross “burp.”

Overall, Save Yammi is a cute little physics puzzle game. It costs a dollar and provides 100 levels to work through. This is a nice game to whet one’s gaming appetite during the day or as a warm up to more challenging puzzles. Of course, it would be rather cool if there was a level editor because I feel like now I could great a decent level after completing the game. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a pleasant puzzler, than look no further.

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About the Author, Evan Csir (A.K.A Psychphan)

Hi, my name is Evan. I’m an RPGaholic and hard core gamer. I graduated from college in 2007 with a BA in English (Gasp!) and psychology. I’ve been playing video games since the age of three. My first game, ever, was Super Mario Bros. So yeah, I’m pretty darn good at this video game stuff. And persistant. I like RPGs the best because I can look at it as literature. This is especially true for the Shin Megami Tensei games and The Digital Devil Saga. I enjoy horror games due to their psychological nature, like Silent Hill 3. I don’t like FPS or anything that relies too much on the first-person perspective; they make me dizzy and nauseous. Ironically, I love Metroid Prime and Half-Life 2. Hmm... Where’s Alanis Morissette when you need her? I really like it when games are creative and technically pull everything off. In this case, my favorite game is Ico. I loved it due to the presentation and the way the characters interacted with each other. Yorda and Ico didn’t speak the same language, so they had to rely on gestures and other forms of communication. I also occasionally enjoy bouts of Mario Kart: Double Dash and Smash Bros. Melee. Overall, I’m rather boring. I stay home, read my homework, occasionally write, fool around on the computer, eat, and sleep. Except for those days that I travel to school. I sometimes am inspired to write poetry (if you really want to read it, just ask). I play piano from time to time. And my favorite book genres are psychology books, occasionally poetry, and most of all, mysteries. And I’m “addicted” to herbal teas and Starbucks coffee.