Looking for a thought-provoking and completely original puzzle game to occupy your mind? Look no further than Connectrode – a new puzzle game developed just for iOS by a team of independent designers. Connectrode takes similar puzzle genre games like match-three, Sudoku, and brick breaker and turns them upside down in a simple, but elegant multi-level puzzle game.
The basic premise of Connectrode is to clear the gridded board by connecting like-colored microchip squares with the same color connectors. The only hitch is you can’t place a connector block in any section of the grid that is blocked off by already placed connectors. In other words, new blocks can’t pass through existing blocks. The challenge is to rack up the score as you clear the board by acquiring bonus points for clearing three chips or having no remainder connectors or microchips. The rules are simple and consistent, but strategy changes with each randomly generated level.
As a puzzle fan, it’s hard to find fault with Connectrode. Its originality is key and with four difficulty levels and tons of randomly generated boards, players won’t tire of it even after hours of play. While the graphics and sound are nothing groundbreaking, the facial expressions of the microchips are really kinda delightful and the overall game has a simple elegance about it that makes it both relaxing and engaging. And because it’s different than match-three type puzzles, yet bears similarities of those and other gridded puzzle games, Connectrode more than satisfies an insatiable puzzle appetite.
Connectrode is well-designed and though the developers are independents, it’s pretty clear that this game isn’t these guys’ first rodeo. Creating a simplistic but smooth casual puzzle game that carries with it certain addictive qualities may not be easy, but these guys hit the nail on the head. Whether you’ve got a few minutes or a few hours, Connectrode keeps you coming back for more – if for no other reason than to beat your own high score.
Not necessarily a game for everyone, Connectrode is sure to appeal to those casual gamers who are always in pursuit of a good puzzle arcade game. Priced right at .99, Connectrode is a solid value and has the feel of a modern classic perfectly suited for mobile devices. If you’re a puzzle fan, you’ve nothing to fear – Connectrode is a pleasing purchase.