Oct 31, 2011
If you hop on the Android Market looking for a puzzle game, you won’t have any problem finding one. Thanks to the simple controls provided by touch screen devices, puzzle games have found a home on smartphones. In other words, Enigmo has a lot of competition. Fortunately, the game does a solid job of setting itself apart from the crowd.
As is the case with many puzzle games, the core concept behind Enigmo is simple. Each level has one (or more) colored jars dripping similarly colored water down, and your job is to move that water to another jar of the same color using a wide variety of items designed to bounce, absorb, or otherwise manipulate the water drops. As the drops fall, your potential score goes down, so you’ll want to think on your feet, and try to solve each puzzle as quickly as possible.
As you progress through the game, things get harder and harder. You’ll have to deal with multiple jars, and you’ll even have to hit a button with one jar’s water in order to activate another jar before you can take the water from that jar, and get it where it’s going. Some of the levels will really make you think, and you’ll find yourself feeling a sense of satisfaction just from finishing a level in some cases, even if you don’t score a single point for doing so.
Visually speaking, Enigmo looks pretty good. The designs for all the various elements of each level are easy to recognize no matter how far you zoom in or out. The high quality visuals make it all too noticeable that the same attention wasn’t given to the sound design. There’s no music, and the sound of water drops clanging on the various elements of each level gets real old real quick. In fact, before you start playing the game, just go ahead and pop open the settings menu and disable the sound. Trust us, you won’t be missing anything.
Despite the poor sound design, Enigmo is well worth your time and money. Each level will have you thinking on your feet, and each victory will provide you with a sense of satisfaction.