Version Reviewed: 1.0.1421
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Breath of Lightis a relaxing, physics-based puzzle game that reminds me of a mobile version ofAuditorium.In it, players must guide streams of light to outlines of flowers in order to move on to the next stage. As a game with intentionally obtuse gameplay,Breath of Lightis about exploration and relaxation, making it a pleasant - though not terribly challenging - experience.
Upon first startingBreath of Light,players are thrown straight into the first level with little explanation of what to do. The minimal aesthetic makes is pretty clear though: manipulate objects to guide the light stream to other flowers. Once this has been achieved,Breath of Lightsimply moves on to the next stage. There are no points breing caluclated, no power-ups unlocked, etc. It's just about flowing seamlessly from one puzzle to the next.
At first,Breath of Light uses a limited set of tools for its puzzles. There will be a moveable rock or two that can curve the light stream, but as progress is made more and more tools are provided to connect all of the flowers in the stream of light. As with all things in Breath of Light though, few - if any - of these tools are explained, leaving the player with no choice but to experiment.
While the game is lovely and its puzzles are pretty neat,Breath of Light can be frustrating because of the peculiarities of its physics. Occasionally, players may be ever so slightly off-target on connecting all of the flowers together, with their only recourse being tiny adjustments to different objects to get things aligned just so. In the grand scheme of things though, this is an issue with nearly all puzzle games that rely on some amount of physics, so players that know what they're getting into should be able to look past this easily.
Breath of Lightis a pretty and stylish puzzle game, but one that players have probably seen before. For those who don't have the patience to explore and experiment with physics, this may not be a good fit, but it's worth checking out for those that want a zen-like puzzle game on their phone or tablet.