Flow Free fans need to pay an urgent visit to the App Store.
There's a very obvious comparison to be made between Lost Cubes, the finger-swiping puzzle game that's currently racing up the App Store charts, and Flow Free. That comparison will be immediate to anyone who greedily tucked into that latter game, and devoured every level just as fast as they could unlock them.
The core gameplay is almost identical, even if the visuals and story overlaying and underlining the experience are remarkably different. Across a series of grids are placed two of many different kinds of objects. Your challenge is simple - draw lines between each of the object pairs so that they become joined together, but also make sure every tile on the grid is covered by these connecting lines. This forces you to weave together the different connections with one eye on the bigger picture at all times.
So far, so Flow Free then. What is slightly different about Lost Cubes though is the scoring system. It makes use of the three star rating that's ubiquitous across the App Store, and you'll only be able to bag the maximum score if you manage to complete a level with the bare minimum of clean strokes, and without making any mistakes. You need those stars to unlock later level packs in the game, so going back to refine your performance is part and parcel of its appeal. For competitive gamers, you can even challenge friends to see who can complete a puzzle in the fastest time.
As for the story, the animated introduction doesn't do a great job of explaining what's going on, although as this is a puzzle game we're not too fussed about that. Our best guess is that by covering these barren landscapes with trees, fields, rocks and elemental forces you're bringing them to life. Frankly though you really won't mind, as you'll fast become obsessed with simply ripping through one addictive little puzzle after another.
We say little, but the fact is those levels soon get very large indeed. While the early planets stick to a very small grid indeed, with just a handful of object pairs to draw together, the later stages are enormous and require some serious forward-thinking to complete. Some of them are so big in fact that they're restricted to iPad owners only.
If you're a die-hard fan of Flow Free, and the follow-up Flow Free Bridges, you can do an awful lot worse then get stuck into this new puzzler from Pocket PlayLab. Don't expect originality in spades, but do expect a huge number of levels, expertly designed and delivered in a very slick overall package.
What's Hot:A fantastic puzzle game, packed full of deliciously addictive puzzles.
What's Not:It is more than a little derivative of Flow Free, and the story underpinning the game isn't very clear.