Developer: Uwe Meier
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.3

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

img_00125I downloaded this game when I saw it was in the top 25 list. I usually download most of these (free) apps if there is even a hint at them being interesting. Why not, free means there is no loss if you don’t like it.

This app is a puzzle that is based on having a grid of squares. These squares need to be flipped in order to match the small pattern showing on the left hand side. When you touch the squares, all the squares adjacent to it also flip revealing the other side (colour) of the square.

Pretty straight forward game isn’t it? Well no. You have to do this in a limited time (they have said there is an update on the way that will remove this) which means that by the time you realise the time is running out, you start to do ‘panic’ moves… those moves where you are frantically just hitting all squares in the hopes that the gaming gods will grant you the special moves to solve the puzzle. The gods were not kind to me.

img_000910In the 1.3 update they have implemented a new feature so that you can start at the puzzle you left off rather than starting at the beginning, which is great. I love when developers listen to the masses and implement changes. So hats off to them. Perhaps they should mix it up a little so rather then it being extremely difficult, they could have a kinda difficult one then a bit of an easy one so you have some sense of being able to complete a level. It really isn’t fun if the entire thing is a struggle.

I just didn’t feel it, and have no idea why it’s even on the 25 list at all. I played it, tried to like it and deleted it after a few tries. Maybe I’m a quitter, but if I wanted to hurt my brain I’d get war & peace and read that. I also didn’t like the yellow colour of the game the icon, though, my icon is slightly different to the one featured in the review, so this may be updated as well.

Looking through the massive amounts of reviews left by folks, it seems to be split into two distinct camps: One camp eloquently put by some players as “it’s crap” to the other extreme of “great game”. It is worth noting however – that even those kind enough to say ‘great game’ and award it 5 stars, say “I can’t get past level 3″. So keep in mind what’s in store for you.

Overall, I had a go, and just didn’t like it. When I’m writing a review I like to be able to get past my own opinion of it, and be objective as to what others may find appealing and reasons to give it a try. I know I won’t like every app out there so for me it’s about what the app can do for you. This game however will only bring you a headache.

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