Developer: Golabi Studio
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

I never would have thought that carpet could be so much fun when incorporated into a game. This mind-bending puzzler may be one of the most innovative iOS games I’ve played in a long time.

For those who don’t know, Farsh is persian for carpet. The game was created by award-winning indie game developer Mahdi Bahrami and it is port of the free PC version. Although it’s based off the PC game, there have been a few improvements to make it even better on iOS.

The main objective is to fill gaps in a path to roll the carpet from the start point to the exit point. Gamers use the four directional buttons on the right side of the screen to achieve this. The trick is that the carpet actually unrolls so players must rotate it to roll and unroll it while they twist and turn toward the exit box.

What makes Farsh so challenging is that there are different tile colors that alter the gameplay. For example, the green tiles can only be rotated once, the black tiles block movement and the red tiles rotate and can also move other tiles.

Gamers learn the mechanics as they progress through the levels. Farsh starts out easy, but it does become more difficult as the game progresses and new elements are introduced. What I liked the most is the top down view, which allows players to see the bigger picture.

Farsh is a solid game with only a few areas that could be improved like Game Center integration and additional levels to increase the replay value. However, players won’t have to worry about completing the game quickly because the levels do become true head scratchers. The innovative gameplay combined with the exquisite music and beautiful graphics make it a keeper. Puzzle lovers of all sorts should add it to their collection.

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