Rotation is the Aim of this Puzzle Game

Ro® (AppStore Link)
User Reviews
Developer: Roamular, LLC
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

ro iphone puzzleRo is a classy-looking, yet simple, puzzler but I just can't get the hang of it. That's not the app's fault. It's just how my brain doesn't work.

Ro, from Roamular, is one of the most innovative apps I've come across in the App Store. It's the "easy to learn, but a life time to master" kind of puzzle game.

The object is to reassemble a geometric puzzle picture composed of concentric rings. The rings rotate left or right, in 90 or 180 degree increments. Some rings rotate in sync while others remain stationary. The idea is to line up all the rings to restore the puzzle.

Ro has four levels of increasing complexity, not that I would know that first hand. I'm still on the first level, muddling my way through. I don't mind so much, however. Ro is entertaining and I look forward to polishing it off while on my death bed because it will be such a distraction.

The challenge is to complete the puzzle with the fewest number of moves and in the least amount of time. The big idea is that you can always go back to each puzzle and try to do better.

You rotate each ring, or rings, using a finger. You have to place you finger at just the right spot or you'll find yourself moving a ring that you didn't intend to move. That's the game's biggest shortcoming. The rings are narrow for largish digits. It can be frustrating at times, even when you know what you're doing because of that tiny pimple on an otherwise elegant interface.

Ro provides a few tips on its support page to give you a better idea of how to solve its puzzles.

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  • Ron

    I got it a few days ago.
    It took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on. Help file is there, but you dont really need it.
    The concept is very simple, but each puzzle gets harder. I'm only into Intermediate level, and its very challenging.
    Easy to put down and come back to.
    Their TIPS pages suggests selecting the ring on the fat part of the ring, and this really helps if you have big fingers.
    Just watching this game rotate is oddly fun and mesmerizing.
    Their ad says "U cant solve them all", and that may be true, at least for me.

  • Stefi

    Really trippy animation.
    Its a real challenge, and it took me forever to get past the Intermediate level puzzles.
    I keep going back to the easier puzzles, and I try to solve them faster and in more logical ways.
    I would like to be able to put my own picture in the puzzles, and keeps score with others.
    I solved "Splitz" in 23 moves and 41.38 seconds.

    Anybody beat that?

  • Duael

    The Free version of RO is now available at iTunes.

    The first 5 puzzles.

    Get a taste.

  • Duael

    RO reached "What's Hot" first page status today on iTunes.