Publisher: Robot Swap Meet
Neurosis is a challenging puzzle game that will leave you simply addicted. The basic concept of the game is quite simple. You start with a blue puzzle piece and must end with a blue puzzle piece. The primary goal for each level is shown on the lower right hand corner of the screen. For example, you might see something like >7, <2. This means you must create a connection of puzzle pieces that contains more than 7 green pieces and less than 2 red pieces. The primary goal is never really that tricky but the secondary goals are this game’s hook. The secondary goals consist of things like: High Score, Most Green Pieces, Inside Pieces, Low Score, Most Pieces, and more.
The gameplay is as easy as tapping. Touch the blue piece you want to start with then tap the next piece, then the next piece, and so on until you end with another blue piece. The primary goal will keep track of your pieces for you, telling you if you need more greens or fewer reds. Also, if you select one too many reds you will hear small explosion sound FX letting you know.
The sound FX are great. They aren’t overbearing and are used very well in conjunction to the graphics. The music on the other hand is a bit too much. There are three different songs you can choose from, they all have fast tempos and have a techno style to them. I don’t think they are bad songs, but I just don’t feel they fit the game. Thankfully, there is an option that will allow you to use your own music.
The graphics in the menus are great. They are simple, easy to understand and use. The in game graphics are equally well done, but for different reasons. The puzzle pieces rotate when selected. Each piece will rotate, not at a different speed, but at a different time when compared to the other selected pieces. I thought this was pretty cool. The pieces are also shaded to give them a 3D feel, which works well when they are moving.
All in all, Neurosis will keep you busy for hours and hours. There are 100 levels and you will need to replay each level multiple times if you really want to unlock the three secondary goals for each one. Just beware, the secondary goals really are challenging. If you need help, hop on over the developer’s page where they have solutions for several of the puzzles. Puzzle games are ubiquitous on the App Store but this one really stands out from the rest.
Overall Value for it’s $1.99 price point
Overall Value: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars