Furmins

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22nd April 2012

App of the Day: Furmins

18th August 2011

Furmins trailer

App of the Day: Furmins

App of the Day: Furmins

Rube awakening.

From a studio as stylish as Helsinki's Housemarque, Furmins might come as a bit of a shock. This devious little puzzler brings none of Outland's chic or Super Stardust's sheen to the touch-powered land of iPhone gaming. No, this is the world of the Furmins; little fluffy balls with eyes, presumably the bastard offspring of Furbys and Gremlins, and about as appealing as a kick in the ribs.

Thankfully, you won't actually be spending much time with them, and you certainly won't be interacting with them. They're a means to an end, Lemmings by another name, and they only exist for you to show off your own aptitude at constructing creaky Rube Goldberg contraptions using a combination of trampolines, chunks of stone and whatever other fancy stuff happens to be lying around the game's 75-plus levels. Moving these bits and bobs around is as simple as dragging them with your finger and placing them where you want them (which is a bit easier on an iPad but still perfectly feasible on the iPhone's smaller screen).

Once your masterwork is in place, hit 'play' and watch as the Furmins drop out of their hatch and tumble their way downwards, then pray that your construction is robust enough to get them to their goal - another hatch that's guarded by a really odd-looking bird. (Seriously, it's like the cool guys at Housemarque were on holiday and their mums snuck in and designed the characters.)

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Outland dev announces Furmins for iOS

Outland dev announces Furmins for iOS

Physics puzzler next up from Housemarque.

Housemarque, the studio behind acclaimed downloadable nuggets Super Stardust HD and Outland, has unveiled its next project: an iOS physics puzzler called Furmins.

Due out on the App Store this Autumn, it tasks you with herding the titular critters into a basket by placing various objects around a stage. See the trailer below for a glimpse of it in action.

The Finnish developer's last effort, slick platformer Outland, launched on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade earlier this year, picking up an 8/10 from Eurogamer's Christian Donlan.

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