Dispair; A Highly Unique And Challenging Puzzle Game


Price: $1.99
iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
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Reviewed by Adam Itkoff

Reviewed by Adam Itkoff

Hmm, where to begin with this one? Dispair, from Siegfried Schulz-Giese, is an app that may be initially off-putting because of the titles undeniable similarity to the word “despair”. Given the official tagline, however, “do dispair, don’t despair“, the similarity is obviously quite intentional.

To be honest, though, without knowing more about it I am just about as likely to download an app called dispair, as I am an app called, “Feel Bad” or, “This Sucks”.

On the positive side, this app runs quite fluidly and offers some puzzling, gaming madness to the Mensa International demographic. This puzzle game isn’t your mix and match, align by order or color, crossword or typical teaser. It’s an above average brain teaser game for above average players.

This app gives you mind-twisting puzzles that only a fraction of users will be able to understand and have fun with. While practice will give you an advantage and you can eventually get the hang of this game, the general approach and gameplay makes this one a mixed boat at best.


Dispair is a highly challenging app that’s built in both English and German. You’ll find yourself sifting through some interesting patterns, colors and vibrations to match an order of given letters with a minimum amount of attempts.

dispair iPhone Game Review

dispair iPhone Game Review

The central point here is to figure out the order of the letters and their corresponding colors with the fewest attempts, in a format that looks somewhat like the Wheel of Fortune blank-slate of open letters.

While gaming, users can check for solutions via a “suitability check”, can save game results and compare with other dispair players. A certain niche demographic may really dig this game, but for most of us, it may cause more confusion than fun.

Concept and Functionality:

The app runs smoothly and opens and closes without a hitch. A wide variety of colors and motion animations demonstrate some extremely capable development.

At the same time, this app begs the question, why invent an app named “dispair” that only 10% of users may be able to understand and enjoy? If the app is engineered toward an extremely smart demographic, then that’s a noble cause, but I would cover my eyes before reading reviews in the Apple App Store.

Overall Value:

We’ve given this app a mid-range rating because it is a new and unique puzzle game. It is quick, it is bright, and it is interesting. Still, the key metric is, “Is it fun?” and “How much will I play it?”. Personally I don’t know the answer to these two questions, so you’ll have to interpret this score as more of a question mark.

That being said, as puzzles go, this game definitely stands out from the crowd and so if this was a puzzle-focused site, and the rating was purely about the difficulty and sophistication of the puzzles, it would certainly deserve a much higher score.

Possibly because of this niche appeal the developers have provided three versions of the game; Full ($1.99), Light ($0.99) and Free. So, try it out and if you find it tickles that weird itch you have that most puzzle games can’t seem to scratch, you can opt for the version that suits you best.

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dispair-qrdispair requires iOS 6.0 or later. 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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