Developer: Ricardo Moura
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

With an interesting premise for a puzzle game, Fold is rather promising, but do expect to pay the $0.99 to unlock the full game. If nothing else, there’s that urge to see how the puzzles develop later on.

In each level of Fold, players are offered a screen full of blocks. Lined up kind of like a stack of dominos, the objective is to clear all but one tile of each color, in order to gain a gold medal and progress to the next stage. Tapping on one end of a line of tiles clears them all the way to the other side, but there’s a few tricks up Fold‘s sleeves. For one thing, there’s no way of manipulating the tiles directly in order to place them against each other. For another, tiles can interact differently when certain objects and connectors are placed amongst them.

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While the early stages of Fold are pretty easy to complete, it’s the second collection of levels in the free game, that truly demonstrate how thought provoking Fold can become. Fortunately, there’s always an Undo button available for those needing to retrace their steps. It’s possible to gain a lesser bronze medal too, providing there are only a couple of superfluous tiles left over.

Distinctly minimalist, Fold is quite fun. It’s not reliant on fast reactions or power-ups and bonuses. There aren’t even many achievements to unlock. Potentially, players could spend quite a while plotting out their route without being punished in any way. Perhaps not hugely deep, sticking to key puzzle mechanics, Fold focuses on providing a challenge and some of the levels can be rather taxing.

It’s a fun brain teaser, ideally suited to pondering on over breakfast or during the daily commute. As said before, though, do expect to pay $0.99. The free version won’t take hugely long to complete, leaving one keen to see more.

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