Developer: Snowman
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★★
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

circles 1Circles Memory Game is a lot like the popular ‘80s game, Simon, if it were reproduced for iOS today. It’s a beautiful and challenging game that’s almost impossible to put down for too long.

Players are presented with a clean and polished interface. There are four ways to play: practice, levels, top score and multi-player. It’s best to start with practice to get a feel for things. In practice, gamers can select up to six different colored circles. The idea behind the gameplay is simple. Players watch a sequence of circles light up and play a sound. That sequence must then be repeated. Every turn adds a new part to the sequence and players keep at it until they make a mistake.

Levels features eight different sections with 15 stages that are unlocked as players complete each one. The first section is the simplest and only features two circles, but an additional one is added all the way up to section five. Sections six through eight offer even more challenging aspects like a lightning round, faster patterns, rotating circles and the removal of colors and sounds.

The top score section allows players to select one of four difficulty modes to play, and the goal is to make it as far as possible on each one to compete against other gamers around the world. The last mode is the Game Center integrated multiplayer which is turned-based either against friends or random players. It utilizes weapons like lightning, twirl and blackout to take out opponents.

circles 6Besides practice, gamers can earn coins as they play. These coins make it possible to purchase weapons and chances to keep playing when a mistake is made. There are also in-app purchases for more coins and an option to unlock all levels for those who are impatient. Unlike most other games, players will not need to buy in-app purchases because it’s possible to enjoy Circles Memory Game without them.

I saw little room for improvement after playing. While Circles could use Game Center achievements and different background and circle themes, the gameplay itself is solid. For being so simple on the surface, it’s hard to believe just how much fun players can have once they get started.

This is one game that I highly recommend for gamers of all types and ages. The best part is that the developers are donating a percentage of each sale to fund Alzheimer’s research and support programs for the life of the game. Help sharpen your mind and help others by purchasing Circles Memory Game today.

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