Omachi: A Puzzler to Bend Your Brain Over

Price: Free

Omachi: iPhone App Written Review

Omachi for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, it’s really no secret: We’re pretty crazy about puzzle games. There’s just something about an app that’s willing to bend our brain a bit, or make us think for longer than a train commute. However, we do have our limits, and if you’ve been looking for an app that’s harder than nails, Omachi by developer Shoryudo Co., Ltd. will give you a solid run for your money. The app’s math-based nightmare puzzles will keep you busy for hours, and though the price is a bit high, the puzzling action is worth every penny. For our full thoughts on this wicked iPhone puzzler, head on down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

The core concept at work behind Omachi has been done before, most notably in the form of the classic Komachi-zan. If you’re unaware of how this game works, we’ll explain: The game board is composed of a few set numbers, as well as numerical values that dictate the position of those numbers. For example, you may see a plus sign at the top row, with a less than sign leading off a blank spot before landing at an equals. Along the very bottom of the app, you’ll also find the numbers 1-9 laid out for you. Your job is to drag these values into positions on the board so that, no matter which way you go, the mathematical statements make sense. With us so far? Great, because the game gets bloody hard from here.

We’re not known for being good at math. However, even with our stunted skills, we still get the feeling that Omachi is a right challenge. It’s quite the mess to functionally array the various numbers into place, and just when you think you’ve got them all laid out, you find a string that doesn’t work. It’s great fun, and though it’s hard, you won’t hardly notice for all the excitement.

Graphics and Design

Omachi for iPhone

Omachi for iPhone

As awesome as Omachi’s concept is, we weren’t quite sold on the app’s design. It’s certainly adequate, and you’ll have little to no problems playing the game. However, we feel comfortable calling the layout “spartan.” The numbers are bare and unadorned, and though the levels are complicated, they aren’t the prettiest things to look at. All in all, we’d love a few sprightly animations, some live menus, and even some unique backgrounds to really set off the tone of the app.

Overall Value

We’ll spin it to you this way: Omachi won’t cost you a dime, as it’s completely free in the App Store. As such, it’s an incredible value, especially for the dedicated puzzle gamer. If that sounds like you, or if the game itself sounds like a blast and a half, jump on it, Soldier. You won’t regret it.

Omachi for iPhoneOmachi requires iOS 3.1 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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