Having recently been featured in Google Play’s ‘indie picks’ selection, it’s clear Euler the Elephant’s pachyderm-in-a-fix puzzles are charming the right people. This passion project by one developer is simple, understated and playful. At its heart is a story about a lonely little elephant tasked with an unpopular quest whilst teetering on a world of floating islands.
Euler must cross bridges, but each bridge he crosses collapses behind him, so he can only use it once. Every level requires a certain number of bridges be destroyed, but that means you’ll have to carefully plot your path or end up with Euler stuck on one of the floating islands, several broken bridges away from your goal. Despite its cute graphics, there’s definitely some thinking required, as each level becomes a little more tricky — especially when teleports, keys and gates are thrown into the mix.
Originally, you could only proceed to the next level once you’d destroyed the exact number of bridges required. This latest update to Euler the Elephant takes a bit of the pressure off. You can now hop to the next level if you’re shy of the golden number by two bridges, simply by watching an advert. You will now get a star rating: three stars for knocking down the exact number of bridges asked of you, two stars for missing one bridge, and one star for missing two bridges. You’ll still have to aim for perfection at some point, though. Only once you’ve collected at least 42 out of 45 stars in one world can you move to the next world. So even if you tie Euler’s trunk up in knots trying to cross the right amount of bridges, you get to play more of the puzzles before you decide to revisit the particularly tricky ones you were stumped on.
The update also gives you a new way of speeding ol’ Euler up a bit. Now, if you tap all the right bridges in the right order to solve the puzzle ahead of time, rather than a prompt asking if you want to watch Euler amble along each bridge or fast-forward to the next level, a simple fast-forward button pops up on the screen instead. Just tap it to stampede into the next puzzle, or ignore it to watch Euler bumble adorably along.