SPL-T

Make like our opin­ion and…

Mac Format - - RATED -

£2.29 De­vel­oper Si­mogo, si­mogo.com

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Version 1.0

This stripped­back puz­zle lets you in­ter­act in a sin­gle way, yet it’s one of the most com­plex App Store games in ages.

You tap the screen to split it into two boxes, then tap one of them to split it. This con­tin­ues with you al­ter­nately split­ting boxes ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally. When you make a set of match­ing smaller ones, num­bers ap­pear in­side them, count­ing down to zero, at which point those boxes dis­ap­pear to make room for new ones. You sim­ply keep split­ting un­til you run out of places you can do so.

You can just fiddle about to get a per­sonal high score, but by learn­ing SPL‑T’s in­tri­ca­cies over time you can use them clev­erly – say, by speed­ing up countdowns in a cer­tain way to trig­ger chain re­ac­tions.

We strug­gled long-term though, see­ing the ge­nius of SPL-T’s many strate­gic op­tions, but un­able to get our heads around them – it seems more fun if you can. Matt Bolton

A very smart game, pared back to the es­sen­tials, but some may find it too strate­gi­cally fo­cussed.

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