This novel game will put your spacial awareness to the test
Size: 101 MB
Developer: GLITCH CREATIVE
The more games we see on the App Store, the harder it is for new puzzlers to stand out. Optica, a recent release for iPhone and iPad, aims to cut above the rest by combining spatial challenge, optical illusions, and simple but addictive puzzler gameplay in one neat package.
In the app, gamers meet with three-dimensional compound shapes — cubes, essentially, which have been joined together. At each end of the shape is a glowing light, and players are tasked with tracing a path which leads along every visible face from one light to the other.
That might sound simple enough, but here’s the catch: some faces are only visible when you’ve shifted your perspective and have looked at the shape from a different angle. In this respect, and especially as the shapes become increasingly complex, gamers must continually shift their perspective in order to connect the two faces and light up their shape.
Perspective-shifting is made possible thanks to an arc which appears on-screen; your view will change as you trace a finger along the arc, from one end to the other, revealing a new portion of your path. Thanks to Optica’s simple background, it’s difficult to tell which way is left, right, up, or down, and as you begin to shift perspectives more and more you’ll really feel the game’s name come into play.
There are over 70 puzzles on offer in Optica, so you aren’t likely to get bored quickly. And whilst these puzzles may start simple, they soon get fiendishly difficult and incorporate multiple light-paths and detached shapes.
Optica really is a satisfying app to use. Joining the game’s selection of puzzles is a relaxing soundtrack which complements the futuristic feel of the game perfectly, and a user interface which feels intuitive and well-designed. What’s nice is that most users will be able to comfortably play Optica one-handed, making it a great antidote for the boredom of queues or waiting rooms.
For a small price, Optica offers a great number of novel puzzles and gameplay which feels fresh. This game is a no-brainer for fans of the puzzler genre and is, in fact, difficult to criticize. The developers here have done a fantastic job.
- Fresh gameplay with a novel twist
- Huge number of challenging puzzles
- Great user interface and design
- It's hard to criticise this well-designed game!