It is not your run-of-the-mill shape puzzler where you have to fit shapes together. This game provides you with a fixed set of images that are transparent in some areas and opaque in others. You then have to decide which ones you need to stack in order to recreate your “goal” image. Simple? Not so fast…
The operation of the game is not hard, but with all the options it’s nice that a tutorial is provided.
It walks you though all the functional icons on the screen by putting a spotlight on each one as it tells you what it does. A nice touch.
As you play you hear a relaxing “zen like” melody that helps to set the atmosphere that this is a thinking game, not a frenetic twitch game.
If you succeed you receive a score and unlock the next puzzle. If you don’t you use up one of your lives (max of 5) and you can try again, this time using hints.
Concept and Functionality
As you might expect the goal images start off easy and get more and more difficult.
You have to not only figure out which ones you need to combine to make the final image, you also have to decide what order to layer them, whether or not they need to be rotated, and which ones need to be what color.
At the start of play you are shown the goal image and how many shapes need to be combined for the final image and how many moves you have.
You then have to choose from the 14 shapes on the right, which ones to use, in what order and which of the 10 colors each layer should be.
We found this game to be a unique concept that is a delight to play. We especially like how the puzzles build up gradually in complexity.
This serves to build your confidence and also reinforce your understanding of how to play it, with no challenge being frustratingly impossible.
With over 270 levels available, and no in-app purchases, this game is a terrific value. Even though there are ads along the bottom, they are not intrusive and, at least while we were playing it, no full screen ads that interrupt your play and force you to ‘x’ out of them.
You can just play straight away, or you can log in using your Facebook account. If you opt for the latter you can play against your friends and get your competitive juices flowing.
So, if your brain needs a good workout, get it in shape with Think Shapes!
Think Shapes requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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