GAME OF SQUARES ★★★★ 4 cert Planemo Stu­dio1 iPhone (also iPad, An­droid)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN& GAMES - JOE GRIF­FIN

Pic­ture a white screen. Now pic­ture a few small squares with ar­rows on them, and a match­ing cir­cle for each square. Each square can only move in one di­rec­tion and must move across the grid­ded screen to its match­ing cir­cle. To change a square’s di­rec­tion, nudge them against one an­other, or find points on the screen where you can pivot. You can al­most hear the App Store groan­ing un­der the sheer vol­ume of puzzle games re­leased ev­ery week, but the best of them have the same things in com­mon; a sim­ple, in­ven­tive premise; good use of the touch-screen and an un­clut­tered lay­out. Game of Squares, with its sub­tle colours on a white screen, looks more like a beloved ab­stract paint­ing than an app game. It’s gen­tle and un­der­stated, while the puz­zles are chal­leng­ing, but always fair. This nifty lit­tle num­ber is free on the App and An­droid stores, if you don’t mind fre­quent ads.

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