miQube 3D ($0.99) by IQideas for the iPad is a complicated and intense puzzle game that pushes your brain to the limits of its spatial abilities. The game design is based on the physical game of miQube; this mix of Tetris and Rubik’s Cube will have you pulling your hair out in no time at all. It is on sale for a limited time.
The goal of miQube is to fit certain pieces together on a grid so that, when finished, they look like the board in the sample grid. Cubes are joined together to make shapes. When placing the shapes side by side, or on top of each other, the top-down view will match that of the sample grid. That is, if you’ve done it correctly. The shapes are not viewed from the top, but from the side, so players must use their spatial understanding to figure out how to fit the shapes together properly.
There are 13 sets of shapes, each with six different colors. Players must match the color on the sample grid by flipping the shapes to that hue. The next step is to figure out which shape matches what the sample grid looks like. On the first two levels, it is relatively easy. Each puzzle only requires one or two sets of shapes, but by level three, the idea gets so complex that it is hard to keep track of what fits with what.
There are three different levels of difficulty. Easy is the recommended place to start off as there is no time limit for completing the puzzles. The app is not very responsive, causing one to have to spend precious seconds tapping a shape over and over again to get it to move. This makes a timed game nearly impossible since you are given an extremely short period of time to complete each puzzle.
Overall, this iPad-only app is fun and challenging. Fans of complex, brain-teasing puzzles will not be disappointed in this perplexing game. In celebration of its release in the App Store, the developers have released it for a limited time price of only $0.99, so pick it up now, while it is still on sale.
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