In this action-puzzle game players aim and launch cute bouncy balls, the Gluddle, towards a totalitarian invasion called The Supervision, who loom down on the Gluddle in a continuous pursuit for order and control. The game’s standout feature is freezing Gluddle in flight, turning them into stationary Peggle-like pins in order to rebound other colorful Gluddle. Gluddle must be placed strategically to navigate each level’s challenges and free themselves from being dominated by the Supervision.
The game’s theme and satirical scenery are not just winks to George Orwell’s 1984. The designers create the illusion of a real-life Trojan invasion using in-game popup notifications, in which the Supervision communicates directly to the player about seizing control of the player’s device and personal data. Through this the designers hope to raise awareness for modern privacy issues.
The original release of Gluddle for iOS in February 2012 was met with much critical acclaim and has received numerous awards and nominations, including the Control Industry Award for Best Dutch Game of 2012. Gluddle scored an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on popular websites such as Kotaku, IndieGameMag and EuroGamer. Since its launch, players have voiced over 3.6 million of protesting Ois.
Gluddle is now available in the Google Play Store for free and comes with 20 levels. Players can upgrade to all 116 levels and future level updates. An updated version for iOS is also now available in the Apple App Store.