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Easy, addictive, and with a great pick-up-and-play quality.

Quetzalcoatl is a brand new puzzle game for you to get addicted to. It’s easy to pick up and play, and the puzzles only take a minute or two to solve at first, before ramping up steadily. It’s a great time drain, if that’s what you’re after.

To play, all you have to do is drag the head or tail of the snake-style shapes, and move them into position on a board of tiles. All the colored dots have to match up with their parent color. To begin with, it’s deceptively simple to squirm around obstacles and match them up, as you have plenty of room to maneuver. However, later puzzles start confining the space you have to work with until each and every square of movement has to be meticulously planned.

At the end of each puzzle you’re given the opportunity to share the glorious moment on Twitter, Facebook etc, but here’s the great bit: you can skip puzzles!

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Even the level selection is a snake

That sounds a lot like cheating, but the developers have understood their audience pretty well. There are a series of ‘worlds’, which are actually just clusters of puzzles intended to be played in a specific order. You can play any puzzle outside of the order that it shows in the menu, meaning you can come back to the puzzle at hand with a clear mind later. This is great for people like us that can (and will) get stuck on one puzzle for a week.

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Still can’t figure this one out

In-app purchases consist of keys, which can complete levels for you. its $0.99/£0.69 for 10 of them, but that feels like cheating yourself out of the game’s content. You’re better off heading on and completing the next few puzzles and then coming back to the one at hand. If you’re a completionist and like to see all of the levels from a world ticked, then perhaps a set of keys are for you. Otherwise, they feel just a little bit pointless – having you spend money to remove content from a paid – and very good game.

Price: $1.99/£1.49
Size: 5.3 MB
Version: 1.0
Platform: iOS Universal
Developer: 1Button

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Quetzalcoatl Review: Intuitive, serpentine puzzler
At its core, Quetzalcoatl is a delightfully simple puzzle game. It will test a combination of your space management, forward-planning and (like a few other puzzlers) your ability to manage your temper.
For
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Steady difficulty curve
  • Can skip puzzles
Against
  • In-app purchases seem pointless
  • Difficult to pronounce
4.0Overall Score