Amazing Alex is a puzzle game developed by Rovio which allows you to make Rube Goldberg proud and to play as the titular, mischevous Alex, combining household items, toys, and fanciful tools to make elaborate machines which solve basic household tasks.
To get started playing Amazing Alex, download and install Amazing Alex
Once the game has finished installing, locate and tap the corresponding icon shown on your device’s home screen.
Now that the game has launched, tap the large red and white play button (styled as an arrow) on the main title screen.
Alternatively, you can use this opportunity to access social hubs for the game. The arrow menu on the right side of the screen – when tapped – drops down links to the game’s Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube hub.
Moreover, the gear symbol located on the top-right of the screen opens menu options to enable/disable sharing of content, toggle sound on and off, and view the game credits.
After clicking the play button, you will be immediately taken to the game’s level select screen. Styled as a series of notebooks labelled with different locations, this screen is your navigation hub used to access gameplay, the game’s level builder, and publicly available levels more on the latter two soon!.
To start, click on “The Classroom,” and begin the game by hitting “Playtime” (the game’s first level).
In the outset, levels will look very much like what you’re greeted with when you begin “Playtime:” accompanied by large hint circles, arrows, and finger prompts to ensure you understand the mechanics of Amazing Alex
On that note, the mechanics of Amazing Alex! In each level, your goal is to achieve a fantastical goal, running the gamut from dropping a soccer ball into a laundry basket (as seen in “Playtime”) to popping a series of obscurely placed balloons.
What kind of chores are you doing, Alex?
To do this, you will need to make use of a stable of available tools related to the theme of each “zone.” In the case of the Classroom, available tools include sports balls, laundry baskets, shelving, books, balloons, and scissors.
In the case of this first level, simply tap the play button in the upper right corner, and watch the soccer ball travel through the bookshelves until it reaches its target. This play button is what you will use to set your items into motion after they have been placed.
Notice how the soccer ball retrieves three glowing stars on its way to the laundry basket? While not strictly necessary, it is strongly recommended that you configure your available items to complete each puzzle’s task while obtaining these stars. Doing so is your lifeblood to gaining access to more levels in the game.
Due to the tens (and sometimes hundreds) of solutions for each level, there is little point in walking you through each individual level that follows, except to say: as “The Classroom” progresses, the amount and obviousness of the hints will decrease, until only the level’s goal is made available to you.
As you complete each level, earn stars, and gain access to new zones (“The Backyard,” “Alex’s Bedroom,” etc.), the items from each zone previous will carry over. As a result, you will be solving puzzles with a combination of all the items you have used previously, and new items unique to the current zone you’re playing.
In addition, completion of a zone will make these items available to you in “My Levels” more on this soon.
Upon completing a level, you will be able to click the two-pronged “share” triangle located to the right of the menu options to post your solutions to Game Center.
By default, an imaginary player named “Alex” has a solution you can look at if you are stuck. This is accessed by pressing the pause button.
With that said, the solutions of any Game Center friends you have will also be available here.
Now, let’s go over all the available items so you can obtain a grasp on puzzle solving fundamentals.