I am a huge fan of puzzle and strategy games. I love using my brain to find out different tactics to help me get through a set of obstacles. With that being said, most puzzle games such as the various versions of 2048
, are fairly simple to play with not a lot of depth. This new game I downloaded, Imago, is a variety of puzzle games rolled into one.
The game Imago uses numbers, colors, and location all in one to create a refreshing challenge. There is a little bit of a learning curve to the game, but there is a rather in-depth in-game tutorial, making it easy to understand. I won’t bore you with too much explanation, but essentially you are presented with a grid that contains differently colored blocks—some are one square, some are two. The blocks must be rearranged and combined with other blocks of the same color, until 4 are joined and create a square. This is more difficult than it sounds, as small blocks can’t move through large blocks, vertical combos can’t move through horizontal combos, etc. When combining blocks, the numbers are added up, and once the cube is made, it breaks back into 4 individual blocks all containing the total sum. You can then use these higher number blocks to increase your score for the mode you are playing.
Moves are limited, making the game more challenging and adding a great replay value. There are also multiple modes, each with increased difficulty, and once you hit a certain score, you unlock the next mode. Modes progress from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis, and imago, to finally unlocking a series of daily challenges—something that I have convinced myself is impossible to achieve.
I would consider this a fairly difficult game. You probably aren’t going to unlock all of the levels in one day, unless you have a lot of time on your hands. I have been stuck in chrysalis mode for days, which I can’t be upset about because it’s giving me an excuse to stay addicted to the game! I enjoy the design too. Imago has a simple layout but involves lots of bright colors that aren’t bad to look at.
Imago is available for download for both Apple and Android. The app is free, and supported by ads. There is an in-app purchase to get rid of the ads for $2.99, but ultimately they didn’t bother me very much—usually it’s a 30 second video every couple of games. Overall, Imago is a challenging and addictive puzzle game with a better replay value than most games I have come by!]]>