Developer: Abstratum
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 2.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Voro is a matching tile elimination game that’s both relaxing and challenging. Packed with two gameplay modes and Gamecenter leaderboards, this puzzler has plenty of replay value to keep gamers entertained for hours.

At first glance, Voro looks like a kaleidoscope or mosaic. There are various shapes and colors that appear at random on the screen. The main objective is to remove all these tiles in clusters of at least four of the same color with just a single tap. Once a cluster is removed, new tiles will appear. The levels start out with just a few tiles, but more tiles of various colors will appear as players advance to the higher levels.

voro 1voro 4There are currently two modes of play that come with the free download: classic and rapid. Classic mode allows gamers to move the tiles, but rapid mode does not. On each mode it’s essential to keep an eye on the bar at the top of the screen. Circles on the bar represent one move, and running out of moves means it’s game over. Clearing one-third of the tiles turns the bar blue and cleared colors will no longer appear. Once players are near level completion, the game may sometimes help by freezing the bar and it will turn cyan. Another fun tweak in the game is that clearing a cluster with a flower icon clears all tiles of that color. If a mistake is made, just tap the undo button. Use this sparingly though because it will cost 100 points.

Players must use as few moves as possible to finish the level. Unused moves are converted into points, which allows players to climb up the Game Center leaderboards. When they grow bored of the two modes that are offered, there’s the option to buy the infinity and fluid modes for $1.99. The objective in these modes is to keep the number of tiles under 64, with no limit on moves.

voro 3voro 2Voro offers plenty of replay value, and the simple gameplay makes it enjoyable for players of all ages and types. It’s also great that it features a colorblind mode and the option to turn the music and sound effects off. The major downside to Voro is the number of pop-up ads that appear. When the game is first launched, the main title screen appears. However, an add quickly pops up just as players are tapping on one of the buttons. I accidentally tapped on ads a lot, which was extremely frustrating.

For a free game, Voro provides a lot of entertainment. It’s refreshing to see a different style of puzzler available on the App Store. Hopefully Voro continues to remain free as there are many of hours of playtime. The removal of the annoying pop-up ads would help make it more enjoyable, but for now there’s still plenty of fun to be had.


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