Unify brings a simple, yet elegantly addictive puzzler

Posted: September 17, 2009 in Puzzle

Confucius had a saying that seems relevant in the iTunes store not to mention life is “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” It’s times like this when I’m glad to see developers such those behind the new game Unify. Unify is addicting in its simplicity, and delivers a multi-touch puzzle game that quite frankly bowls you over.

The objective of Unify is to, um, unify blocks and create combos of 4 or more of the same color to clear them off the screen. Sounds easy until you realize that pairs of blocks come in from opposite sides of the screen towards the middle. Once they hit the middle, they are frozen in place.

When you think artwork, think abstract and very square which is actually part of the appeal. Set against a musical variety of soothing soundtracks, the game involves quick thinking and even faster actions. Because you blocks are coming in from opposite sides simultaneously, you can move and rotate blocks at the same time using multi-touch. The best part is that you can swipe anywhere on the screen to maneuver and place. To rotate, you simply tap. Smaller squares appear on both sides to indicate the next pieces to come into play, but often you’ll find yourself focused pretty intently on the blocks at hand. The main thing that can be sensitive is the rotation of blocks as I occasionally found myself inadvertently rotating instead of moving.

The game has 4 gameplay modes: normal, endless easy, endless medium, and endless hard. Even on normal, the addicting gameplay can be difficult especially as the game picks up in speed.

Local and online scoring is available, and through OpenFeint, Unify has an achievement system that awards you for such things such as scoring bonuses and combos.

Overall, Unify succeeds because of its simplicity both visually and in gameplay. The use of multi-touch is well implemented, and this easily one of those puzzlers that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Albie Meter: 4.5 Stars (game succeeds because of the addictiveness found within a simple, yet elegant interface; multi-touch works well, and you find yourself playing longer sessions than you expected)

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