Reiner Knizia’s Mosaic ($0.99) by Aidem Media can appear intimidating, but becomes quite addicting once you get into it.
The introduction just dumps mystery atop more mystery in regards to what exactly is the creature in the jar, and what his (its?) purpose serves. It’s reminiscent of the little guy in the puzzle game Unlock, or Jitters in Pudding Panic. However, what is clear is that he’s just eye candy (if you can call it that) for the actual game.
Different multi-colored pieces rest at the bottom of the screen. Your objective is to place the pieces on the board in an orientation that satisfies the space it rests on, as well as allows you to use up all of the pieces.
This may sound a little intimidating, but I’ve figured out a strategy that can shed some light.
Two modes are available: covering and matching. Covering mode has the level filled with different colors. You’ll need to figure out how to orient your pieces to match all of the colors.
Matching is more like playing dominoes, and in my opinion, is the harder of the two because you’re not shown all of the colors on the board.
So what’s the trick to playing this game? Each piece you touch will show possible places for it to be placed on the board. When starting the game you’ll want to go through every piece. Look for ones that only have one possibility to be placed, and place them. Once you sift through the pieces once, repeat the process again until you have exhausted all single-place pieces.
Next, tackle the pieces that only have two possibilities. From here you’ll need to use your logic skills to figure out which spot is the correct placement.
This may sound like cheating by telling you how to crack the level, but trust me, this will be good enough to get your through the first five levels. The difficulty gradually ramps up, and more possibilities mean less pieces with one-shot placements.
This is definitely a cool game for those not afraid to jump in and face the challenge.