Available for free through the iTunes Store, SoloPlay is sure to please anyone who loves a good puzzle.
SoloPlay challenges players to make “jumping” moves with pegs in such a way as to leave just one peg remaining on the board at the completion of a level. Of course the ultimate success is to complete the puzzle with the sole remaining peg in the center spot.
The basic concept for this game is often found among popular “office desk” challenges. SoloPlay, however, takes this simple game idea to a whole new level by presenting players with a variety of boards to challenge themselves with.
Different backgrounds to these boards are also featured on SoloPlay, making for a more visually pleasing playing experience. Additionally, SoloPlay features the ability to automatically save games—a feature that will probably be most appreciated by anyone who is unable to complete a game quickly.
However, that said, anyone who is not already familiar with this board game may be somewhat confused about how to play this app, if he/she is to rely on the in-app instructions alone. I found these instructions to be a bit confusing and incomplete as they were.
Appearance and Layout:
While the concept for SoloPlay is a great one, this app fell short of excellence in its appearance and layout. A main menu wasn’t featured, and while this feature isn’t completely necessary, it still would have been nice to have.
The in-app “buttons” appeared a bit grainy and blurry on the screen of an iPhone 5S, and although the app is optimized for the iPhone 5, this graphics issue still shouldn’t be present. Finally, the previously mentioned in-app instructions were written in a font that was too large for the screen; the words would also “run off” the screen at times, and words would often appear as if they were overlapping each other as well.
As mentioned previously, SoloPlay is currently available for free through the iTunes Store, and definitely has decent value because of this affordable price tag.
The concept of the game is simple to understand but challenging enough that the app will be entertaining for a good period of time for all puzzle-loving people.
While the graphics of SoloPlay could be improved to make for a more satisfying game play experience, this app will definitely be appreciated by puzzle lovers just as it is.
SoloPlay requires iOS 8.0 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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