Don't let the cute and fuzzy Aiko fool you, this is one seriously challenging puzzle game.
By Ned Jordan
Not that the story really matters in a puzzle game like this, but Aiko Island is home to little round and square fuzzy things called Aikos. The blue-colored Aikos are good little creatures, content to eat chocolate chip cookies all day. The red ones are not so good, and one day steal the blue Aikos' big bag of cookies. The quest to get the cookies back of course involves solving a series of puzzles. Solving a puzzle rewards you with a cookie, and beating par can award you with up to two additional bonus cookies.
Aiko Island is a physics-based puzzle game that would more accurately be called a gravity-based puzzle game. Each level is filled with a collection of red and blue Aiko of both the square and round variety. The goal is make each red one fall to oblivion off the bottom of the screen without a single blue one meeting the same fate. Some Aiko can be popped by simply tapping them, but before you do you need to make sure that any blue Aiko resting above won't go tumbling off of the screen when you do. Other Aiko are impervious to tapping, and the only way that you'll be able to rid yourself of them is to get them to roll or fall. Most levels will also contain destructible platforms or obstructions as well that can be tapped to start the Aiko falling.
While these simple rules may make it seem that the puzzles are rather easy to solve, that's not the case at all. The correct solutions are not often obvious, and the order in which you perform actions, as well as your timing, is critical. Most puzzles will require some experimentation and trial and error before the solution becomes clear, and even then it may take you several tries before you get it right. Not that the puzzles are cheap in any way ' you'll just have to work at them to solve them. If you're easily frustrated you may want to pass on Aiko Island, but if you're looking for an iOS puzzle game that will give you a challenge it's a good choice. And it's a rarity in the iOS game world; a game that can't easily be described as being just like another already existing game.