iPhone Game of the Week: Save the Pencil
Students, pick up your pencils, 'cause this is a test.
Game: Save the Pencil
Deets: Produced by Perfect Dimension, Free, Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later
Rating: 4.8 out of 10 on the Geek-O-Nator
We hate tests--we'll tell you that right up front--so we were wary when we saw this game. All fill-in bubbles and ruled paper, Save the Pencil is like a meta-SAT, except instead of saving yourself from the crushing social stigma of a low score, you have to help your trusty pencil escape sudden death. How? By making sure you've drawn lines between all the answer bubbles. Easy. Boring, right? That's what we thought...
Like that IQ riddle that you just can't beat, the sheer brilliance of STP is the simple game play combined with its capacity to make you feel Jersey Shore-ridiculous when you don't succeed immediately. It's kind of like doing that stupid cinnamon challenge and then throwing up violently when you realize cinnamon is not actually your friend -- a viral video lesson that taught us all things are not as simple as they look.
Okay, so maybe you nailed the first few puzzles. You even got all the gold stars that mean extra points if you draw your pencil through them. But did you plot the quickest route between all bubbles? Did you get top marks at the end?
Uh huh. Might be time to chug that energy drink and go for another 40 rounds.
Make that 41 rounds. MUST. SAVE. THE. PENCIL. Are you addicted to this game yet? Don't worry, you will be.