Pivvot resembles nothing so much as Super Hexagon married to one of those fairground tests of skill where you guide a metal loop around a twisting wire without touching it. If it owes a debt to Terry Cavanagh’s instant classic, however, it takes its ideas in intriguing new directions.
Tapping either side of the screen rotates a ball attached to a moving track, as you negotiate a series of geometric hazards, with patterns appearing sequentially rather than randomly. Voyage mode tasks you with mastering the same pattern six times before moving onto the next, a total of 29 times until you reach the finish line. Yet it soon dawns that this is merely a way of training your muscle memory to cope with Endless mode. Here, again, the patterns appear in the same order, but often they’re subtly changed from the previous attempt: a second clockwise turn may work on one run and see you smash into a spike on the next. Memorising the combinations of taps and holds to conquer each obstacle can only get you so far, not least because the track’s unpredictable paths frequently disorientate: patterns can be harder to parse when the track turns upside down or heads right to left.
It may not demand quite the same precision as Super Hexagon, though its irregular rhythms make it every bit as challenging – you’ll pass the barrier for ‘completion’ a little sooner, but Berserk mode is waiting to chew you up and spit you out. Compulsive and beautifully tuned, Pivvot is a tense, nervy challenge to relish.
Pivvot is out now on the App Store.