Developer: Thumbr
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

A minimalistic style is something that frequently works well for puzzle games. That’s certainly the case for Dandelions: Chain of Seeds. It’s a game about connecting dandelion seeds with other seeds, proving to be quite simple to learn but entertaining to play.

dandelions360 levels are available in all, across different types of challenge. These new types of game, such as Time Attack, are relatively simply unlocked through regular play and the accomplishment of objectives, although it is possible to buy seeds to skip ahead. Its something that I didn’t find necessary, even after using a flurry of purchasable hints.

Controlling the game is easily done. One simply taps on the dandelion seed that needs to be moved, and it rotates slightly. Each seed offers various connection points so it’s down to the player to figure out the best order in which to tackle the level. I found starting at one ‘end’ of the screen proved the most successful method but not always.

Dandelions: Chain of Seeds offers up a mixture of objectives so not everything is essential. Some levels are passable simply by connecting the ‘target’ dandelions but more rewards are offered for completing optional goals too, with such points making it quicker to unlock new sections. Admittedly I rarely found it to be hugely challenging, especially given the presence of hints, but it was certainly satisfying.

dandelions4Throughout, it’s a soothing experience thanks to the general ambience of the game. The main core of the title requires one to complete things in under a set number of moves so there’s plenty of time to think things through. While Time Attack might prove slightly more hectic, there’s a return to a more cerebral affair thanks to modes in which one must connect invisible dots, or follow a set pattern from seed to seed.

Most importantly, Dandelions: Chain of Seeds is consistently enjoyable. Free of the gimmicks that one increasingly expects from casual puzzle games, it’s a welcoming change of pace. Attractive to look at and soothing to play, as well as fun, it’s a hit.

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