Developer: NetDevo
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Offering the kind of gameplay that makes it simple to dive into throughout the day, Unpuzzled is a pretty fun logic game. It’s a pity then that players are restricted in the amount of moves that they can complete, without waiting for a timer to recharge.

unpuzzled3unpuzzled2The idea, as ever, is a simple one. Players are presented with a mathematical equation. A few numbers are placed in slots, with others scattered around as tiles. It’s down to the player to put these tiles back in the relevant empty slots in order to complete the puzzle. At first this is pretty simple with brief sums required, such as 2 + 2. This doesn’t last for long, though, and puzzles quickly become much more convoluted.

There’s the introduction of other elements, too. Negative numbers appear, mixing things up suitably well, along with sliding tiles and even cloner slots that all must be taken into consideration. Soon, Unpuzzled is more of a title that one spends a while eying up before making a calculated move. There’s no timer, so players are free to take their time or start moving tiles around to get an idea of what needs doing.

unpuzzled4unpuzzled5One crucial form of punishment does emerge, though. In this free build, players are only given 100 free moves at any one time. Use those up and one has to wait for the bar to recharge. It’s possible to buy extra moves, with 200 available for $0.99 or unlimited moves for $5.99, but I’m not so sure that many will be tempted. Unpuzzled is a title that thrives on being dipped into for short periods, rather than extended sessions, so in a strange sort of way the limited moves keep that in check.

Over 150 levels are available in all so Unpuzzled should keep numbers fans quite happy for a while to come. Be aware though, color-blind users don’t stand a chance here, with no way of discerning the difference between tiles.

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