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Review: Piece Out – take a break with this relaxing puzzler

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There’s definitely no pressure here: Piece Out invites gamers to relax with some brain-teasing puzzles

Price: Free
Version: 1.2
Size: 44.4 MB
Developer: Kumobius
Platform: iPhone/iPad

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Puzzlers are at their best when they help players unwind, and the aptly-titled Piece Out does just that. The game is simple but satisfying, and would be a welcome addition to any puzzle collection.

There are plenty of puzzles to take on in Piece Out – over 700!

In the free app, gamers are presented with puzzle after puzzle to solve. In fact, there’s a phenomenal number of puzzles available in Piece Out – some 700, with a new one being added each and every day. The puzzles themselves are refreshingly unique: borrowing from the retro geometric style of Tetris, users must flip and switch segments of shapes in order to slide a block from one end of the shape to another. Although the puzzles start out straightforward, they soon grow increasingly challenging as the shapes presented become more complex.

It starts out straightforward, but Piece Out soon grows more challenging.

There are hints available for users who really do hit a wall, but Piece Out is the kind of app you’re going to want to take a break from and return to if a puzzle does seem unsolvable. Plus, there’s no time limit on individual puzzles, meaning users can ponder over a problem for as long as they like. The developer’s goal here really has been to create a puzzle app that is a low-stress, relaxing experience, and we think they’ve managed it.

One of the harder puzzles on offer in Piece Out.

Though the game is free, a $1/£1 in-app purchase unlocks the “premium” version of the game. But why would you want to do that? Well, there are a number of benefits here, namely to do with ads. You see, the free app is ad-supported – perks like hints or access to yesterday’s daily puzzle can be “bought” by watching an ad. However, if you’re running the premium version of Piece Out, there’s nothing but you and your puzzles – all 700 of them.

Premium banishes ads from the app.

Given the price of the IAP, the premium version of Piece Out is certainly recommended. But you can indeed get a good enough taste of what the app has to offer through downloading the free version. So what are you waiting for? Grab the app now, take a deep breath, and relax with Piece Out’s huge range of relaxing puzzles.