Potato chips and a TV. What more could a human being possibly want? Apart from the fulfillment of hopes and dreams and all that stuff, of course. It's been several years since Dan Russell-Pinson's point-and-click adventure series Tipping Point has graced our screens. The iPad debut bundles together all four previously released chapters along with a brand new fifth chapter that resolves the little cliffhanger from chapter four. Tipping Point is some of the best point-and-click adventuring you'll come across, and the story and setting make the game something truly special.
Tipping Point's interface is very easy to use; simply touch, tap or drag items you want to interact with. Remove close-up views of things by tapping the small X in the corner, just like closing a browser window. Tipping Point starts with an innocent evening of television and slowly moves into more and more surreal territory. The plot is a wild ride, and while the puzzles are a little on the unusual side, they're never obtuse or illogical. If you ever do get stuck, the in-game hint system is a marvelous piece of work. Instead of spoiling the solution outright, hints get progressively more specific until the answer finally clicks in your head. Best of all, hints aren't refilled by annoying in-app purchases or other modern gimmicks. Just wait a few seconds and more help will be available!
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Tipping Point has not only withstood the test of time, but it actually seems more impressive on the iPad than in a browser. The touch interface is fantastic, the visuals have been improved and look lovely on a shiny iPad screen, and there's plenty of puzzles to keep you busy for hours. Whether you're an old fan or brand new to the series, the mobile version of Tipping Point is a fantastic place to jump in. And hooray for chapter five!!!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.