Arcs, by Pomegranate Software, is the kind of game that really makes you wonder how they came up with it. The idea is to spin circles around and move arcs up and down onto several concentric rings, thereby creating a specific pattern to win the game – it’s kind of like a circular Rubik’s cube. This is a puzzle one could never create in real life, as the size and shape of the arcs change from one circle to the next. But the game itself ends up being so fascinating that it will keep you busy for hours on end.
The difficulty, obviously, increases the more you advance through the game. When you’ve successfully completed a level, it’s unlocked so you can revisit it whenever you like by going to the menu and selecting it. The puzzle itself is really a simple concept once you get the hang of it. That’s not to say it gets easier, but it becomes more easy to make sense out of the mechanics of the game.
The only thing I’d really like to see that I think they’re missing is better graphics. What they have is ok, but I’d like to see something with a little more depth – more texture or gradient. As it stands, the game looks like a more complicated game of Simon. Not that that’s a bad thing… it’s just not what this game is.
The game is really so simple that there’s not much more to say about it. It’s fun and it’ll eat up a lot of your time if you let it. I highly recommend it to the avid puzzle gamer.
Arcs is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch. It requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.