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It's very hard for a game developer to strike the right balance between rewardingly difficult and so frustrating as to be unplayable. Pivvot walks a fine line, but manages to be mind-bendingly difficult and still somehow incredibly fun. All you have to do is guide an orb along the track and avoid obstacles by pivoting clockwise and counter-clockwise. Yeah, that doesn't sound challenging, but it really is.

The orb hangs out at the end of a fixed tether, which you can swing in either direction. As you come up on obstacles, simply rotate in the right direction to avoid them. The catch is that the orb does not rotate along with the track, so you're forced to constantly tweak and recalculate the angle to get on the correct side of obstacles. Additionally, some of the roadblocks are complex and require multiple precise movements to avoid. There are voyage and endless gameplay modes, as well as expert versions of both.

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Pivvot has a hypnotizing soundtrack that grooves with the visuals. It's a very smooth game, but not graphically intensive. The simple minimalist visuals let you focus on the experience. Pivvot will seep into your brain and occupy every facet of your attention. It will own you, and you can own it for $2.99.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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    Same " Super Hexgon " but in this game New Way to play play :)

  • Syje

    Easily the most stressful promo for a game I may have ever seen. I think that's the point though, good job Pivvot!

  • JakeZachariah

    this is a fun and addicting game, but i severely dislike games that you have to buy before you can try. it should be at the least a free download with a free limited play mode before I pay. :-(

    • Jens Knutson

      The 15 minute refund window on Google Play is good enough for me.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        15 minutes make me rush like mad, never really enough to test anything.

        • SetiroN

          yeah... maybe 24 hours was too much but 1 really is necessary to evaluate a purchase...

    • Andrew Townsend

      Ironically this was free on iTunes last week. Downloaded it since it was free, didn't play it =p

  • EH101

    Wow, that's one of the strangest games I've ever seen... I definitely will be trying it.

  • nebula

    it's a great game, but it has an awful battery drain.

  • Roh_Mish

    I am playing it on my ipad. Games such as these are the only reason i dont leave apple completely many are very good game but don't come to android.

    • JakeZachariah

      except that it is on android o.O

      • Andrew Townsend

        Some games didn't make the jump so well. I loved Neuroshima hex on iPad.. but on android it always looked out of proportion on either my gnex or n7. Not saying its easy to pull off with all the resolutions out there, but it just wasnt the same.

      • Roh_Mish

        It is now. And that i cant migrate game data and have to pat for it (again) Keeps me from getting it here

      • Roh_Mish

        Give me money and i will buy it.

  • Ajith

    Free in AppStore

    • Roh_Mish

      It is for limited period of time. Till this week

    • dobbsy

      You got a link? I see it as $3.15

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    this game is very good.. i didnt purchase it since the price was too high.. so i downloaded the cracked version for free.. i got one from windroidblog.. no errors while installing it.. workin very well so far

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  • Morten Ulveseth

    Why does the bass of the music disappear half the time?