Cobe The Gallery (Free) by Grzegorz Reglinski is a peaceful puzzle game that revolves around colors and cubes. If you enjoy games that help you detox after a long day while also keeping your mind busy, then you will like what Cobe the Gallery has to offer. It is similar to other offerings like Sputnik Eyes and SPL-T.
I’ve been going through some tough times lately, but I still find the best way for me to unwind a bit when life gets too stressful is to just sit down with a nice puzzle game. This allows me to relax a bit while also keeping my mind stimulated so I don’t completely dumb myself down with nothing. I’ve gone through hundreds of puzzle games during my time here at AppAdvice, but as I’ve said before, I love turning to the App Store and finding new gems to check out. And the spotlight this week goes to Cobe the Gallery.
The visuals in Cobe the Gallery are beautiful, featuring a minimalistic look and feel, while having a bit of the voxel style as well due to the cubes that appear when colors transition. The game makes use of soft colors that are easy on the eyes, and the dynamic shadow system adds a layer of depth to the game that is like the icing on the cake. Animations in Cobe the Gallery are smooth and fluid, with no lag or choppiness on my iPhone 6s Plus. The ambient soundtrack in the background is also rather soothing, and helps one focus on the puzzles at hand. Sound effects as the cubes move and change colors are also rather whimsical, making it fun to hear.
Like other puzzle games, Cobe the Gallery is level-based with several different chapters that have a handful of puzzles each. There are 81 stages total, and each one will definitely stimulate your mind as you try and figure them out. While the game is meant to help one relax, the developers did make the puzzles to be challenging, as you should solve them within a limited number of moves, which is shown at the top of the screen. If you are stuck, you can use a hint. The initial download will get you three free hints, but after those are used up, you will need to buy more through in-app purchases.
So what is the objective in Cobe the Gallery? Each puzzle will consist of two or more colors on the board, and it will usually be in a pattern of some kind. The goal is to get the board to be filled with just one color, and you just swipe in a direction from one color to change the others. While it may look easy, the game does take a lot of thought, since you have to figure out the best ways to fill in the board with one color. A good tactic is to get a large spot with one color so that it can fill in larger spaces — small squares, for example, may just change the color in a single line, which isn’t much help. If you make a mistake, you can just restart the level, though I wish that there was an undo button as well. Believe me, you will have to make multiple attempts on some levels because things do get tricky here.
I’ve only spent a bit of time with Cobe the Gallery so far, but I’m loving every moment of it. It looks great on Retina displays, the music is immersive (grab your headphones), the controls are intuitive, and the gameplay itself is challenging yet relaxing. I’ve been going through a lot of stressful things lately, but this game has been helping me unwind after long days. I recommend giving it a try if you love a good puzzle, and it’s completely free with no ads and the in-app purchases are only for more hints when needed.