flow freeFormat: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Developer: Big Duck Games

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Today we have another puzzle game for the iOS that is trying its hardest to stand out in the crowded genre of puzzle games. Flow Free admits that it is not trying to reinvent the puzzle genre, but what it is trying to do is get you hooked with its fun and addicting game play.

What I love about Flow Free is the games simplicity. Like many puzzle games the graphics here are nothing to shout about, but that is not a bad thing at all. The game is very bright and while basic it is a nice game to look at.

Where this game really shines is in its game play. I already mentioned that the graphics of Flow Free are on the simple side. And so is the idea of the game play. I use the term idea because I am sure on paper this game sounds like it would be a doddle to play.

So the basic idea of Flow Free is this. You have a grid that will have different coloured dots on it. You need to match these dots up by swiping from say the red one to the other red one on the screen. The catch is that when you swipe you leave behind a trail. And in order to beat the level you need to make sure that as well as the dots being connected that the whole grid is also covered with the trail you leave behind. Such a simple idea it really is, but it is also a great deal of fun.

I love the way that Free Flow eases you into the game. To start off with you will be playing on relatively small grids with say 5 x 5 and just a few different coloured dots to match up. As you progress the grid gets larger and larger and there will be more colours for you to match up. It is not uncommon for you to spend a few minutes just looking at the grid before you dare make that first move.

While I say the game eases you in this is true the first few levels are really easy and then it gets harder, but at a point in the game the difficulty level just jumps up a few notches which can be a little on the alarming side. This is not a knock on the game I would have just liked the transition from easy to hard to have a few more medium levels.

For a free game there is a ton of content here there are over 700 levels in the free mode alone. And there is also some new levels that have been added, but you will have to cough up a couple of bucks to play these. In all Free Flow is a very fun puzzle game and I am sure that it will keep you busy for a very long time. I highly recommend this game even just the free mode has more than enough to last you hours.

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store