Posts Tagged: clever

Tri It! Triangle Puzzle

The game play for Tri It is simple and pretty ingenious. The game board is a shape divided into a bunch of triangles of the same shape. Equilateral perhaps? The game piece is 1 or 2 triangles positioned somewhere on that board. The easier puzzles start with one triangle – Your objective is to move the triangle to another place on the board by “flipping” it along one of its sides. You keep doing this until the triangle ends up at the goal. This is interesting because the movement isn’t intuitive…you can’t just follow a straight line. Additional challenge is introduced by having barriers between certain places on the board, more than one triangle (all of which are affected by each swipe), having “transporter” places, different colored triangles, or having “enemy” triangles that you have to move out of the way (in the same manner). If you like this type of game, I think it’s pretty innovative and worth a look.

Survival Score: A couple dozen levels before it was too difficult for me

Tri It! Triangle Puzzle

The game play for Tri It is simple and pretty ingenious. The game board is a shape divided into a bunch of triangles of the same shape. Equilateral perhaps? The game piece is 1 or 2 triangles positioned somewhere on that board. The easier puzzles start with one triangle – Your objective is to move the triangle to another place on the board by “flipping” it along one of its sides. You keep doing this until the triangle ends up at the goal. This is interesting because the movement isn’t intuitive…you can’t just follow a straight line. Additional challenge is introduced by having barriers between certain places on the board, more than one triangle (all of which are affected by each swipe), having “transporter” places, different colored triangles, or having “enemy” triangles that you have to move out of the way (in the same manner). If you like this type of game, I think it’s pretty innovative and worth a look.

Survival Score: A couple dozen levels before it was too difficult for me

Amazing Breaker HD

There are many, many levels of this game. I stopped playing after several dozen. I was going to stop earlier, except that the best part of each level is the very beginning, when you get get to see what the image will be for that level. The images are incredible — clever, imaginative, beautifully illustrated. The idea is that they are made out of ice (or glass, I suppose), and you fling different things at them, which then explode, destroying part of the image. The object of the game is to blow up the entire image. You can play each level over as many times as you need too — I got most of the levels on one try (the apple was a real trick, though). The levels are actually pretty easy overall, and it’s a non-violent target game, which makes it great for kids.

Survival score: A very pleasurable couple of hours

Amazing Breaker HD

There are many, many levels of this game. I stopped playing after several dozen. I was going to stop earlier, except that the best part of each level is the very beginning, when you get get to see what the image will be for that level. The images are incredible — clever, imaginative, beautifully illustrated. The idea is that they are made out of ice (or glass, I suppose), and you fling different things at them, which then explode, destroying part of the image. The object of the game is to blow up the entire image. You can play each level over as many times as you need too — I got most of the levels on one try (the apple was a real trick, though). The levels are actually pretty easy overall, and it’s a non-violent target game, which makes it great for kids.

Survival score: A very pleasurable couple of hours

Tripevo

The first time I played Tripevo I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a match 3 game on a 7×7 board. But instead of pieces dropping or rising, you place each piece exactly where you want it. Plus, each time you get 3 of a kind, one of the trio changes shape and stays on the board, where you have to try to match it with two more of its kind.

So, I picked it up again after several months and played a few rounds. I still think it’s a pretty interesting game, but now I see that there is just too much left to chance. You get to see only the piece that you are placing, so a good portion of the gameplay is still a crapshoot. There are a couple of wild cards here and there, but typically only 1 or 2 a game. A bigger board might make it more interesting…the small area of play just doesn’t afford many strategic options.

Survival score: Only until the novelty wears off. I’d give it 5-7 rounds.

Tripevo

The first time I played Tripevo I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a match 3 game on a 7×7 board. But instead of pieces dropping or rising, you place each piece exactly where you want it. Plus, each time you get 3 of a kind, one of the trio changes shape and stays on the board, where you have to try to match it with two more of its kind.

So, I picked it up again after several months and played a few rounds. I still think it’s a pretty interesting game, but now I see that there is just too much left to chance. You get to see only the piece that you are placing, so a good portion of the gameplay is still a crapshoot. There are a couple of wild cards here and there, but typically only 1 or 2 a game. A bigger board might make it more interesting…the small area of play just doesn’t afford many strategic options.

Survival score: Only until the novelty wears off. I’d give it 5-7 rounds.

Anodia

Anodia is a brick buster game I actually like. Most are all about reflexes and speeding pellets. Too frantic and, frankly boring. Anodia has some of that…it is in the genre, after all. But from the start, it’s clear that this is no ordinary brick buster. In the first level, you knock hanging lamps swing on ropes. Second level is light bulbs rotating in a circle. The levels are incredibly clever and beautifully drawn. There are also ample power ups and dropping goodies to do the usual things like slow down time or lengthen the paddle. Also ones to avoid like freezing the paddle or making the ball tiny. I played this in one sitting, because I each level was unique, interesting, and a delight to play. I got over 100 levels for free, with more packs available for purchase.

Anodia

Anodia is a brick buster game I actually like. Most are all about reflexes and speeding pellets. Too frantic and, frankly boring. Anodia has some of that…it is in the genre, after all. But from the start, it’s clear that this is no ordinary brick buster. In the first level, you knock hanging lamps swing on ropes. Second level is light bulbs rotating in a circle. The levels are incredibly clever and beautifully drawn. There are also ample power ups and dropping goodies to do the usual things like slow down time or lengthen the paddle. Also ones to avoid like freezing the paddle or making the ball tiny. I played this in one sitting, because I each level was unique, interesting, and a delight to play. I got over 100 levels for free, with more packs available for purchase.