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£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.