Shift It comes as another casual puzzle game, with bright colors, catchy sounds and easy rules. Basically it is a 2D version of Rubik’s Cube along with some nice seasoning of rewards and a couple of challenges to spice up the gameplay. Unlike the original Rubik’s Cube, here you will find blocks of at least two different colors. The aim of the game is to position the blocks in a way that allows all blocks of the same color to be connected with at lease one edge. Sounds simple if you are playing with 9 blocks on a 3×3 board, but things do get complicated pretty quick.
As with all the other quick games on the market like Cheese Tower, Cut the rope, Where’s my water? or HeavenHell, the levels are grouped together on a few screens. Each level will get you one, two or three stars. The stars will enable you to unlock the higher levels.
The first levels are quite easy and most of the time you get 3 stars for the fewest moves possible. But later on you might find yourself shifting blocks just to get an idea what the solution might be. To raise the difficulty there are a number of tricks that you will soon find out about:
- some levels have more than 2 colors
- some blocks contain more than one color
- medium and big levels contain more blocks
- some blocks are immutable – we found this to be actually an advantage: you will leave those alone and focus on the others to find your solution
Advertising is not really annoying, but from time to time you will get a popup ad which does get in the way. This is the price to pay for using a free app.
Shift It is a nice casual puzzle game. It may not be an option for hardcore gamers but for the average young user it should be just fine. Other than that there is not much we can say about it. Enjoy!
|Device used for testing||HTC Nexus One|