Sporos, a simple yet stylish puzzle game from AppXplore, is now available from the app store. Featuring pretty graphics and a ridiculous number of levels, Sporos’ main drawback is its lack of difficulty or challenge. Since it’s touted as a laid-back and relaxing puzzling experience, we cannot fault this oversimplified timewaster too much, though.
- Tons of levels to play
- Appealing graphics
- Soundtrack is relaxing
- Controls are dead simple and responsive, offering helpful feedback while hovering
- Not much difficulty
- Star system is fairly pointless
- Little replay value
Sporos is broken into 2 lab sections: an Essential lab consisting of 300 levels and an Experimental lab that offers another 200 slightly more challenging puzzles. Each level presents you with a configuration of circles that must be “infected” by the sporos cells, which will influence any circles in 2, 4 or 6 directions, depending on the type of sporos cell you place. The order in which you place the few available sporos cells is important, as you cannot place one on an already infected circle and any previously-placed sporos cell will block the spread of the infection in a given direction. The Experimental lab adds directional arrows that redirect the infection from its typical linear pathways, providing a minor wrinkle to add a modicum of thought provocation when solving puzzles. Using the fewest number of sporos cell placements will net you a 3-star rating, with additional moves and reconfigurations resulting in fewer stars. This star system is sort of meaningless, though, as you can simply replay a puzzle with the solution in mind to earn any missed stars.
Graphically, Sporos has a bold, neon aesthetic that we found appealing. The glowing pink infected cells shine brightly against the blue backdrop, and the limited “infection” animations add a little spark. Hovering a sporos cell over any circle will light up any cells that will be infected in white. The soundtrack is mellow and relaxing, and the controls simply require you to drag the sporos from the holding area at the screen top onto the playing surface. Replay value is very low, but the overall experience can be pleasing for gamers who get frustrated by timers or complex puzzles. Available for $0.99, Sporos earns a 4-Dimple score.