Pebble Universe from developer Itatake (the recently released Rest in Pieces) is one of those early physics-based puzzlers, the type of which we don’t get as many of nowadays. You know the ones: Cut the Rope, Angry Birds, World of Goo, etc. The news today is that Itatake has decided to update its 7-year-old title, positioning it as a sort of retro blast-from-the-past for mobile gamers everywhere.

The game revolves around cute creatures called pebbles and the ‘soot-black’ monsters who hunt them. The pebbles have learned to defend themselves by smashing their heads together, thus creating an explosion. You’ll have to utilise these defensive tactics while completing timing-based challenges through what sounds like a fairly lengthy campaign.

According to the press release, the new version includes over 100 updated levels. I’m not sure if the developer is saying that the levels have been altered, or if Itatake means the new version includes levels which were added previously through updates? Either way, that’s a lot of levels.

I never got around to playing the original version back in 2012, though reading through our review from release makes me think I probably missed out on a decent time. Our reviewer praised Pebble Universe’s precise gameplay and attempts to do something slightly different, though noted that the level of difficulty may be off-putting for some, before awarding it a bronze rating.

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It’s always nice to see more obscure titles resurrected by their developers. It’ll also be neat to play through an Angry Birds-era physics-based puzzler again, reliving those not-so-fond early high school memories of playing Cut the Rope in the lunch queue.

If you’re interested, you’ll find the updated version of Pebble Universe available for download now over on the App Store and Google Play for $1.99 or £1.99.

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