Jul 26, 2011
If you’ve read any of my previous work on this site, you know I’m a big fan of puzzle games on the Android platform. Puzzle games don’t require fast reflexes or a great deal of time to play, and that makes them perfect for short bursts of play when you’re on the go.
Curvy does a great job of providing bite-sized puzzle gameplay perfectly suited to mobile devices. You specify the number of tiles you want to use, whether you want the lines to come in one color, two colors, or two colors with a high density of lines, and Curvy will present you with a grid full of hexes. Each hex has some lines and curves on it, and your job is to make sure each line is connected to another line.
While that concept sounds simple, actually getting all the hexes to line up can be a real challenge. That’s partially due to the twisting lines and shapes on each piece, and partially due to the fact that there’s no predetermined shape you have to fit the pieces into. The lack of a bigger picture to chase after can be frustrating at times, but the nature of the game allows for an infinite number of puzzles, which more than makes up for that lack of direction.
Curvy’s only real shortcomings come from its minimalist presentation. The game offers settings for the colors of the lines, background color of each hex, and the background of the screen, but no matter how you adjust the settings, the game still looks extremely plain. It doesn’t detract from the gameplay, but it’s definitely worth taking into consideration before making a purchase.
Aside from the simple presentation, Curvy is a great game worth checking out if you’re a fan of puzzle games. It’s challenging, and the potential for replay value is extremely high, given the near endless number of variations each puzzle can come in.