If you’re one of our regular readers, then you’re likely aware of my particular fixation on the puzzle genre. We love the field as a whole, but I’ve been known to spend hours upon hours focused on bursting through a final level. I have to get just that last bit of the puzzle, or I’ll not be happy.
With that in mind, I’ve spent quite a lot of time thus far on The Quest, a brand new game by Guerilla Tea Games, with one of the more original concepts we’ve seen in a while. The game is a near perfect mix of platforming with a Rubik’s Cube, and the results are . . . well, mind bending. If that has your interest piqued, you’ll find our full review below!
Concept and Gameplay
If nothing else, The Quest certainly gets points for originality. We’re not sure we’ve seen anything quite like it before. Essentially, the game has you solving a Rubik’s Cube to help a lonely night navigate his way toward a star. The knight starts on one square of the cube, while the star is naturally elsewhere.
Now, almost all of the tiles represent water. The others form ground. You’ll need to arrange the latter by twisting the cube around until you’ve got a solid landmass between your character and the star. Once that’s done, tap the knight, tap the star, and you’re home free!
Obviously, this isn’t quite as easy as it might sound. And if you’re particularly terrible with these classic puzzles—like me—then you’ll find yourself scratching your head often. Still, though, it’s incredibly fun, and we have not seen anything this original on our desk in quite some time.
Design and Graphics
In fact, one of the only areas where The Quest might lose points is in its looks and layout. Is this the best looking game on the iPhone? Well, not quite. The in-game items and layout pieces can sometimes be a little rough around the edges, reminding us of 3D models from a few years back.
However, the rest of the application does deserve a solid nod. The controls could not be simpler. Just drag around outside the cube to move it, and twist the tiles by tapping. This is efficient, and allows you to get a good view of the entire cube if needed.
Still, there’s some solid room for improvement when it comes to graphics. Living in our post-Angry Birds world, we do like some smooth edges and sharp contrasts.
Still, it’s rather hard to argue with a game that doesn’t charge you anything to get in there. The Quest is totally free in the App Store, and if you’re looking for a new app to twist your brain into all kinds of knots, this will certainly do the trick. The gameplay is challenging, rewarding and above all, fun.
If that’s not a good recommendation, then we don’t know what is!
The Quest requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
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