Developer: The DuKode Studio
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

First off, before you start your Mandala Memory experience, you should first know what a mandala is. The developer so elegantly states: “The images of hand-cut paper mandalas are a series of subtle unfoldings, variations on the circle and the square. A focusing of attention will reveal the fine distinctions between the patterns.” In laments terms, mandalas are the artistic, professional versions of those snowflakes that you use to make in preschool.

Cut away all the artistic fluff, though, and what you have is a basic memory matching game. There are four different grid sizes to play with, but all you have to do is pick out the shapes that match. Game over. Done.

What makes the purchase palatable is the game’s massive attention to detail. Each mandala (there are 54 in the game, all hand cut from mulberry paper by Zoe Keramea) is rich in detail and possesses a specific bell tone. The combination of sight and sound memory (as well as an extra color feature for those who think the game is too hard) goes a long way in aiding your memory. In addition, the bells also make for a great mental diversion from the menial task at hand.

Any way you cut it, Mandala Memory is and will always be just a simple memory game. It very well may be the prettiest, most ambitious memory game on the planet, but it’s still a memory game. As a piece of art I can certainly appreciate the fine craftsmanship, but the game needs to do a whole lot more for me to drop my hard earned cash. Perhaps your experience will be different, as there are some good qualities here, if you like matching games.

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