The Lost Shapes, a tile-placing puzzler from dreamfab, is now available from the app store. Despite a couple of game modes and an attempt at creating some backstory, The Lost Shapes fails to feel fresh and simply adds yet another ho-hum option to the puzzle genre.
The Lost Shapes Pros:
- Earthy environments with multiple game modes
- Simple tap controls for placing and swapping tiles
- Attempts to infuse backstory into simple puzzle game
- GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements
The Lost Shapes Cons:
- Lacks excitement or some element that makes it stand out
- Some pieces are difficult to distinguish from one another
The Lost Shapes touts itself as a form of magic chess, giving gamers the choice between Survival and Shape modes. Regardless of mode, the goal is to place tiles upon the 8 x 10 grid to create closed loops of various shapes and sizes. It’s very much like a pipe-laying game without the specified starting and ending points or the creeping ooze. Tiles fall into a chute along the left side, with the bottom tile acting as the current tile. If you take too much time and allow the chute to fill, the game ends. If the game board fills up, the game also ends. You need only to tap an empty space to lay a tile, or tap a placed tile to swap with the active tile. Shape mode provides you with a series of images that you must overlay with matching tiles before progressing to the next level. Survival mode eliminates the shape requirement and allows you to create any shapes that you like, though blocked squares and other special tiles provide additional challenges. Completed loops disappear from the playing surface and award you points. Everything works as advertised, but the overall excitement is sorely lacking. Without some sizzle, The Lost Shapes will get lost in the shuffle.
Graphically, there is an abundance of earth tones that give the game its naturalistic style, which meshes well with its backstory elements but also gives it sort of a boring look. We also experienced some issues differentiating blocked squares from open squares with darker backgrounds. The background music is pleasant, but similarly boring. The controls are easy to use and fairly responsive, though there were a few occasions where a re-tap was necessary. Replay value is decent if you like chasing high scores, and GameCenter integration offers global leaderboards and more than a dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for a pricey $2.99, The Lost Shapes is a 3.5-Dimple challenge.
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