Untangle Space Out: A Galactic iPhone Puzzle

Price: $1.99     Score: 9/10     By M. SchustermanUntangle Space Out Pro - Apostek Software

Some games can be fun and addictive regardless of the actual quality of the graphics. While the concept of Untangle Space Out Pro falls into that category, Apostek Software went ahead and made the design, images and music killer anyway.

As the title suggests, this game has you untangling rays connected by orbs, a fun puzzle challenge with a space vibe. I’d suggest taking a quick look at the instructions. Right here is my very only (minor) complaint; to find them, you have to go into “Settings” and tap the question mark at the bottom. There is no tutorial when you first play a game, and it’s a little difficult to guess what you’re supposed to do with these lines and orbs.

However, the instructions are great once you find them, and the game’s concept is much simpler than you might first think. You’re faced with several orbs connected to one another with rays. If the rays are turquoise, they’re untangled, while red is tangled. Drag the orbs anywhere on the screen to untangle all of the rays.

You have two options for gameplay; “Challenge,” which features fifty games and ten levels, or “Arcade,” which is simply an infinite amount of puzzles. You can also select “Practice” if you don’t want to worry about scores and “best moves,” and prefer to just work on strategy. And when a puzzle comes up that you just can’t untangle, tap the key icon at the bottom to watch the app solve the puzzle for you.

As you play, more challenges start to pop up that make the game more exciting. Some of your orbs might glow red or turn an icy blue, meaning they’ll either explode or freeze permanently in five seconds unless you act quickly. Both obviously throw a big wrench into your untangling plans.

The graphics really are stunning, and while I’m not normally a fan of any game music, the soundtrack to this one has some serious space ambience. Even the little details, like the pull-up menu for options at the bottom of the screen, show that a lot of time and thought went into to all aspects of this game. This is a unique new game any puzzle-lover should check out.

Untangle Space Out Pro [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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