Developer: Grabarchuk Puzzles
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Consolidating five freemium-based puzzle games into one, Puzzlium: Prologue dispenses with any concerns for in-app purchases; leaving players with a plethora of different puzzles to tackle at a rather low price. Its convenience is similarly impressive, making it easy for players to switch between different types of challenge.

Admittedly, Puzzlium: Prologue is very much substance over looks. It doesn’t exactly excite visually, nor push the iPhone’s technology to its limits. Instead, it looks like a mobile game that would have been simply achieved years ago. The focus then is on the quality of the puzzles, which are fortunately pretty sharp.

puzzlium2puzzlium7Tangrams provide the most significant quantity here, with 1820 puzzles of various difficulty levels to be solved. All one needs to do is place smaller shapes correctly into a much bigger shape. It sounds simple and it is at first, but brain teasers aren’t far away here, and it’s a fun type of puzzle to get lost in. Elsewhere, similar twists on this genre come from the fish cracker puzzles, requiring one to fit diamond shapes into a larger shape. These prove much more taxing but no less satisfying.

It’s not just the turn of tangram style conundrums though, with the puzzle quizzes section offering up plenty of questions and logic puzzles. Also, sliding tile puzzles and iCut sections, requiring one to divide a shape into two equal pieces, keep things interesting if simply designed.

Reminiscent of a puzzle book of old, Puzzlium: Prologue isn’t there to feed the adrenaline junkie inside us all; it is there to keep the gray matter ticking. None of these puzzles will excite visually or aurally, remaining quite simply done, but the sheer wealth of content should entertain many thoughtful gamers for a significant amount of time.

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