Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 2, 2011
    Easy to pick up gameplay; luscious visuals; and a challenge that scales from casual to serious gamer levels makes Gears the perfect time-waster for your iDevice.
  2. Apr 29, 2011
    While not a direct Metroid knockoff, this challenging and physics based App bears a striking resemblance to Nintendo's classic sci-fi adventures. Both gorgeous and incredibly thrilling, it's without question one of the App Store's best.
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    A beautiful, challenging, and epic ball-rolling game. This iPhone genre will never be the same.
  4. May 2, 2011
    It has fantastic production values, amazing graphics, brilliant controls, and a solid set of well designed levels to play through.
  5. Apr 28, 2011
    Featuring terrific level design, beautiful 3D environments, and tight controls, Gears may be a departure for the RPG-minded developers, but it manages to impress nonetheless.
  6. Jun 1, 2011
    Gears is a fun psychedelic puzzle game; it won't become a best seller, but lovers of the genre should buy it without hesitation.
  7. May 16, 2011
    Like the equally awesome Dark Nebula, Gears pitches the challenge perfectly, and gives you that one-more-go feeling without also instilling the need to lie down in a darkened room afterwards. When developers make games this good, it's only right and proper to reward them with cold, hard cash.
  8. May 12, 2011
    Gears is a tough, expansive, and fun ball-rolling game with some excellent level design.
  9. May 10, 2011
    Gears is a fun platformer, and one of those games I know I'll come back to again and again for a quick distraction.
  10. Apr 29, 2011
    A pretty addictive puzzle/platformer title that contains some delightfully fast-paced gameplay and is honestly pretty addictive. The tilt controls leave a bit to be desired, and there are occasional issues with in-game objects getting in the way of the camera, but overall this is a great game.
  11. Apr 28, 2011
    Two working controls methods, excellent graphics and audio along with Game Center integration for leaderboards equal a great quality release. Now if I can only find a Buddhist monk to try the game.
  12. Jul 8, 2011
    Sometimes frustrates, but more-often-than-not lures you back for more. [Aug 2011, p.95]
  13. May 2, 2011
    On one hand, it's beautiful, and the swipe controls work great. It's a bargain at $0.99 including the fact that it's universal, and the game does have its shining moments. Then there's the other hand, which includes the fact that it doesn't have GameCenter achievements, has terrible tilt controls, and that the time constraint does bother at times.
  14. May 5, 2011
    I don't like to fight my games – this isn't to say that I don't like challenge entirely, but that I like the challenge to come from the content of a game, not the interface.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 27, 2011
    Gears the clue is in the title, your mission is to guide a ball around levels collecting emblems, and racking up points, as fast as you can handle. The game is split into 3 differently themed worlds, brimming with colour, and gradually harder challenges as you edge forward. Their is no denying the game is quite short, but the experience is quite enjoyable nonetheless. You get to choose from 2 types of controls, slide to move, or a more difficult tilt to move, providing a little more challenge if that's what your looking for, and while your at it you can check out the highscores on gamecentre, it's not going to be everyone's chai latte, but The kind of game you can re-visit to beat your times. Full Review »
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    Absolutely beautiful and an amazing experience. It becomes a 3d plat former worthy of many of the best in the genre and possibly one of the best games on iPad. It also is a lot longer than many of the games out there. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2011
    Is this a joke? How can you rate a game like this so high? Are you rating this against the realm of all games, or against the rest of the throwaway games that this platform allows? Full Review »