Edge Extended is quite a popular game in the Playboard community, appearing in no less than 13 channels, including community favorites like Best HD Games and 5 Star Games. But while other crowd pleasers are known for their cuddly characters, you won't find anything cute in Edge Extended: This is pure retro action, with sharp angles and an electronic soundtrack. If you like computer games where "computer" is the operative word, you're in for a treat.
The basic concept is simple: You're a cube. You don't have a name, or a cute face, or anything like that. You're just a cube, and you're in space, stuck in a 3D maze. Happens all the time, I know. Your job is to get from one end of the maze to the other, without falling into thin air or getting pushed off by moving obstacles. More complicated then it sounds: You are going to sweat.
The first thing you'll notice about Edge Extended is the unique look. Sure, it's not the first retro game out there (we've got whole channels dedicated to those). But what makes Edge Extended interesting is the isometric look: It's all blocky and sharp, but it's sort of 3D, too.
The simple color scheme keeps the game clean and distraction-free, but it also plays an active role in the experience: Some levels are intentionally disorienting, and you find out that where you thought the platform continues, there's nothing but thin air -- the platform you were looking at is actually far off in the distance.
Edge Extended offers three control types: You can use your device's tilt sensor to move the cube around, control the cube by sliding your finger on the screen in the direction you want it to go, or tap the corners of the screen. This latter method is what worked best for me: Just tap the corner towards which you want to go, and the cube rolls in that direction.
Edge Extended has some really great music, if you're into electronic music. In fact, it's so good, that you can even find it as an album on Bandcamp. Go ahead, open that link in a new tab and get your groove on -- you'll be dancing in your chair.
Edge Extended comes with two level packs: A main one with 40 levels, and a bonus pack with 15 levels. The first few levels go by fast, but the difficulty does ramp up. As you progress through the game, new elements start appearing: some of the platforms move; sometimes you need to press buttons to unlock an entryway or move some blocks; you need to time your moves carefully to avoid obstacles. So not only do the levels change, but the mechanics become richer.
Whether your into retro games or not, Edge Extended is an awesome game. There's a reason the original version has its own Wikipedia entry and that it was one of the few games who took part in the Android Humble Indie Bundle. A true classic, this is a game you have to play.