If the Stones had written "Paint it Pink" instead of "Paint it Black" they might not have had quite the breakaway hit, but we might have had Spydog's gravity-swapping puzzle platformer Howmonica a few decades earlier. You control a cute little buggy buddy through 50 levels who can turn all those boring grey blocks a fabulous shade of pink when she passes over them, and you need to pinkie-fy the whole stage in order to proceed. The catch? Aside from dangerous spikes being instantly fatal, you also can't jump, but you can reverse gravity to fly around, as well as fall off the top of the screen to come up through the bottom and vice-versa.
Use the [arrow] keys to move, and the [spacebar] to reverse gravity at any time.. even while in mid air! You can also use [A] and [D] to go back and forth through levels you've already completed of the 50 levels in total. Why, you're just a bow-tie and a fez away from being a Time Lord! Make no mistake, this is a very simple little game. It's the sort of thing that feels tailor-made for a coffee break, with its bouncy gameplay and bouncier soundtrack. The twitchy gameplay as you try to narrowly avoid impalement won't be for everyone, and for some players, new elements may be introduced too slowly to keep their interest. But as a sweet, cheerful, challenging little exercise, Howmonica is perfectly pleasant in the way that both brightens your day and keeps you on your toes. Uh... fingertips? Whatever!