Nov 19, 2014
Sweet Drmzzz is a cool, collected brain teaser batch that might actually be named counter-intuitively. It’s a tale about sleepy fantasy, alarm clock travel and space adventures.
The game is leveled, and packs in puzzle after puzzle based on a several templates. As to be expected, the mind benders presented start off at an easy keel, and as progress is made, the difficulty gets ratcheted up. Now, while the graphics and sounds are definitely soothing, I think its true strength is in the simple quality of the puzzles.
For example, one of the early capers had to do with capturing stars with definite moving beings. The beings can be moved as right angles by taps, and the idea is to pick up all the stars. Down the line, the developer gradually adds elements that make it a bit tougher: stuff like extra beings controlled by the same taps, ghost guards and color-coded collectible stars etc. It eventually comes to feel a little like a free-moving Pac-Man without the alleys.
Then there is an interesting hole-filling segment; there is a sprinkle of colored dust that has to be directed into the holes by using gesture movements to create slides. This gets harder too, with set amounts of dust, and the need to convert the dust to another color to fill a specifically colored hole. More elements get added, and the challenge becomes greater.
Then there are memory tests and such. The developer does a good job of making it fun, and increasingly difficult without being illogically unsolvable. I like the intricate nature of the puzzles, as the easy parts aids familiarity such that the harder versions are more fun to tackle.
The graphics are cutesy, and more or less frame the gameplay quite well; it looks easy on the eyes, the pastels are clean looking, and the moving parts are quite smooth.
For some, it might feel a little repetitive though, as the gameplay does rely a bit on the templated styles. The upfront pricing is welcome, and goes far in my book.
So… back to the title: it’s an awesome time waster, but I did find myself losing sleep; the leveled gameplay got me again and again. It’s charm creeps on you, and that is okay.
So what if I lose a little virtual sleep…