I’m just gonna come right out and say it: Japanese anime girls are hot!! There’s just something about the helmet hair and the gigantic bug eyes that compels me to go to extraordinary lengths to look at them, and that’s what Girls Skip is all about.
Girls Skip is a deceptively difficult puzzle game where the object is to eliminate 40 out of 48 tiles, all the while revealing more and more of the hot cartoon girl hidden beneath the puzzle board. Don’t get the wrong idea now… the girls are wearing clothes. I know… darn! If you take a look at the app’s iTunes page you’ll see one of the anime babes lounging beneath the puzzle in a yellow bikini, but I’m sure that’s as racy as it gets.
The rules of the puzzle are simple enough, but it took me a full 45 minutes to get past the first level! I wasn’t THAT drunk when I started goofing with Girls Skip, but it took me a while to get used to this very basic kind of puzzle-solving.
It goes something like this: tap a tile and it goes away, and depending on what you tapped you can then tap certain other tiles in the surrounding area. Tap a 0 and you can tap tiles that are positioned diagonally from the 0. Tapping a 1 will let you tap any tile that’s touching the 1. Tap a 2 and you can only tap tiles that are 2 squares away, and so on and so on. If you can tap 40 tiles you advance to the next anime girl, but if you find yourself in a spot where you can’t tap anymore the game is over.
This really isn’t that hard of a puzzle game, so if you have more surviving brain cells than I do (and I know you do) it won’t take 45 minutes to knock out 40 tiles. It will, however, be harder than it looks.
If you take a look at the non-puzzle screenshots below you’ll see that Daidai Inc. didn’t put much into the game design, but it’s still pretty fun to play if puzzles are your thang. $3.99, though, does feel like a bit much on the pricetag, so if you’re on the fence I’d suggest trying the free version before coughing up the cash. The version I played is vol.01, and there’s now a vol.02 in the App Store as well which appears to be the same puzzle but with different anime pics.