iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
If you’ve been a reader of ours for sometime, then you’re likely aware of the fact that we (or at least I do, anyway) go nuts for anything puzzle related. We like apps that prove just how smart—or unbelievably dumb—we can be. With that in mind, we’re quite tickled to be bringing you a review today of Mabble, from The Qwiz LLC, a great new puzzle meets mathematics meets Scrabble style game with a lot to offer the anxious egghead. If you’ve been looking for a new numbers game to tide you over, this is certainly one to look into. And if you’d like our full review, you’ll find it tucked away just beyond the break below!
Concept and Gameplay
When it comes to games for the iPad and iPhone, one of the first things we look for is a unique concept. That is to say, we enjoy innovations much more than we enjoy worn out mechanics. With that in mind, Mabble is firing on all four cylinders.
The app cleverly combines several well-known ideas into one fluid concept. Essentially, you’ll be given a set number of number tiles which you’ll then need to put evenly across the board to spell out full equations. These equations must match-up both horizontally and vertically. And once you start dealing with full boards of empty spaces, you’ll very quickly discover how puzzling this all is.
Mabble banks a lot on your knowledge of mathematics, but it also requires a fair amount of thinking. You’ll need to both muster up some good old High School computation, as well as register patterns and possibilities. For instance, using equal signs in their most predictable spots will get you farther than brute force. All in all, it’s a wonderfully engaging concept, and one that held our interest thoroughly.
Design and Interface
In fact, the only real downside to the application is its looks. Though it comes packed with a whole lot of levels, as well as smooth control via touch, the app just isn’t a sparkling example of clever interface design. It’s got a flat black background and generically gradient-filled tiles. Of course, this does keep the emphasis squarely on the puzzling. However, if the app were to undergo a more thorough design overhaul, introducing lots of unique colors and designs, we feel the value of what’s contained here would be boosted immensely.
That being said, it is quite hard to argue with the value that Mabble presents. It’s available for free in the iTunes App Store, though paying for additional level packs (hardly a grave expense) will push you along quite nicely. All in all, the app may not be the prettiest on the block, but it’s more than enough puzzling action to hold just about any braniacs interest.
Mabble requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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