If you’ve been with us long here at the iPhone App Review, you’re likely aware of the fact that we go absolutely bonkers for puzzle games. We also happen to enjoy anything that has us playing our friends online. When you combine the two, you get an app that will have us wasting away our weekends from here until the sun explodes.
And PieRats, from World iMagined I/S, is exactly that sort of title. It’s inventive, unique and buckets upon buckets of fun to play. If you’re in the mood for some free, yet satisfying puzzling adventure, then saddle on up to our full review below. Starting with:
Concept and Gameplay
The first thing one notices about PieRats is just how inventive the gameplay concept is. We’ve not seen anything else like it in the App Store, and that’s a phenomenal achievement.
The player is presented with a board of pie-shaped tiles and bones. To play the game, players must remove the bones one by one. There are four bones per tile piece, and when all four have been removed, the last player to play gets that pie (and the points associated with it).
At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins it all.
You’ll find yourself spending the majority of your time attempting to corner your opponent. If you can get them into a position where they’ve left lots of pie pieces vulnerable, you can chain-reaction your way into a whole lot of points. Build up enough of a lead, and there’s no coming back for your opponent.
Though, we didn’t find that an early lead spelled doom for the other player 100% of the time. In fact, a comeback can literally be as close as a single bone away. It’s great stuff, and we love the concept.
Design and Graphics
In fact, our only complaint with the entire application has to do with its graphics: PieRats isn’t the best looking title in the App Store, and by that we mean one thing only. It doesn’t quite have the polish that a big studio game might have. Then again, we can hardly expect it to.
But with a concept this solid and this original, it’s a shame not to see crystal clear lines and beautiful sprites. Still, there’s plenty of time left for the developers to iron this out, and it’s not a from-scratch start.
As-is, PieRats still represents an incredible value. It is easily one of the best competitive puzzling games we’ve seen for the iPhone in a long time, and with multiplayer included, it really cannot be beat for the money.
That is to say, as it’s totally free in the iTunes App Store, you cannot go wrong here. Download it today and enjoy all that PieRats has to offer! We certainly do.
PieRats requires iOS 5.1 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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