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App of the Week: Geared

Hello all, last week I couldn’t get an App of the Week out to you because of CTIA and how much other news was going on. Don’t worry though, I haven’t forgotten about all you app lovers out there. Now that I am done rambling, let me tell you about an app that I am currently addicted to. It’s called Geared. I tweeted a little less than a week ago (@ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy) that I had been playing this game and I loved it. I am still loving it, and will probably continue to for a while. Geared is one of those games that became very popular on iOS and was ported to Android, and for good reason: it is very addicting.

Geared is, like many games I enjoy, a very simple game. Like other very popular games such as Angry Birds or Cut The Rope (I know it’s not on Android yet), this game has a simple objective and many levels. You are given a screen with a moving yellow gear and a stationary blue gear, and your goal is to use the gears you have in your inventory to link the movement from the yellow gear to the blue gear. This sounds simple, until you see the crazy amounts and shapes of gears you can get. While there are only five different sizes of gears, the combinations of them that you receive and have to use is what makes the game difficult. You have to arrange them in a certain way to where they fit, and oh, gravity also is a factor. This means you can’t just put gears anywhere, because the gravitational pull will yank them to the ground. However, this is not the only thing that makes arranging the gears difficult, but there are these things called “no drop zones”. These are regions where you cannot drop a gear, so you must drop the gear above it and let gravity pull it down into place. There are other twists like this in the game, but I will let you find those in the 150 levels you are given. Yes, you read correctly 150 levels. This still may not seem like a lot to some until you realize how much time you will spend on the more difficult levels.

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Geared is not only an addicting game, but it is a smooth game. It runs flawlessly, with no lag and other things that can bring a game down. Geared is a beautifully developed game. This may have to do with the device you are playing on, I am using the Thunderbolt, but you shouldn’t have an issue. There have been little times where a gear has gone to a wrong spot or something little like that happens, but it is probably a problem with the user rather than the game. As I mentioned before, the game has 150 levels, and according to the developer more are going to come. One of the only bugs that I have seen reported is an ad covering up the blue gear sometimes on a level, but the developer is currently working on a fix for that.

Geared is really a very good game. There are many levels that you get to play, and this game isn’t something you are going to fly through. The later levels can become very challenging, making this game addicting and fun. One of the main things about this app is the fact that it is free in the Market, and offers so much content. This game runs smoothly and has some good crisp graphics. I really enjoy it, and that is why I have chosen Geared to be this week’s App of the Week.

about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid and his since upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy