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fourtex zen

by Salty Dog Digital LLC

Fourtex Zen is a match-4 game with unique game mechanics

Removed from the App Store

What is it about?

Fourtex Zen is a match-4 game with unique game mechanics.

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Board Puzzle
Last updated
January 25, 2016
Release date
May 19, 2014
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Fourtex Zen is a match-4 game with unique game mechanics.

Play tactically in the moment or look ahead and play strategically.


* Achievements
* Leaderboard
* iCloud syncing with Apple TV
* MFi controller support
* Portrait or landscape
* Toggle scoring

Fourtex Zen is Salty Dog Digital’s first game release. This updated version offers levels probably guaranteed to play out when implementing a correct strategy, and therefore the possibility of a high score, but you will only achieve a high score with mindful play. Successful play is rewarded along the way with rockin' classic poetry from Imperial-era Japanese poets, because the people who made this game wouldn't want to insult you by giving you something you already have. Once a poem is unlocked you keep it, even if you run out of moves. Visit your poetry garden anytime to contemplate the insights and wisdom of people who wrote poems. Since some people are afraid of poems, even short ones like these, they won't be mentioned again, in this paragraph.

The original soundtrack changes gradually as you play so it never gets tedious. The subtle sound effects are, according to secret research, more subtle than Klingon opera, trains, sirens, barking dogs, psychological experiments, crowded elevators, rabbits, very loud birds, nuclear accidents, etc.

Earn achievements, challenge your friends on the leaderboard, or turn off scoring to transcend mundane competition, at least until you are doing well and have a score you are not embarrassed for people to see. Retreat to the poetry garden and meditate on classical Japanese poetry and your meaningless score. Remember, they are very short poems and you don't have to read them if you don't want to. The poems are happy in their poetry garden, and they will be there when you change your mind. No distractions. Just be in the moment. Or choose not to be in the moment, if you think you can manage that.

New levels reveal charming stones. Get in the garden and away from the grind. In Fourtex Zen, you never lose. If there are no more moves, the path of stones seamlessly changes, but you retain your stones and, best of all, your poetry. You lose all the points you scored, of course. But then you can get those points right back, probably. It's not like the points have any real meaning. That's why this updated version has a leaderboard. You also keep your experiences and, fortified with renewed determination and vigor, commence again with the beginner’s mind. No frustration. No slogans.

Fourtex Zen. The game equivalent of comfort food. The game description you've apparently decided to read all the way through.

Have just a few minutes and want to chill out while waiting to pick up your kids or sharpen mower blades? Do you dream of escaping the noise and confusion of an airport while you wait to board a flight, after you fell asleep and missed the flight, so now you have nothing to do while you wait until the next flight? Want a game that is addictive and legal but not intense or too much like soup? Try Fourtex Zen. It’s a deceptively simple but captivating tile-matching game with original beautiful artwork. Play like a child (or adult, or whatever) for a few minutes or a few hours. Compete, or don’t compete. Read the poems, or save them for later. Note that even second-hand knowledge of poetry can sometimes help you to hook up, or appear more intelligent and attractive, and less gullible.

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