Reiner Knizia's Yoku-Gami Review
- Unique, math-oriented puzzle gameplay.
- Three separate game modes to master.
- Clear, cartoonish visuals; aimed at younger/casual audiences.
- Short background music loop.
- 'Arcade' and 'Level' modes need to provide more emphasis on/give more rewards for playing carefully.
While the term 'educational game' has a whole host of negative feelings associated with it, Reiner Knizia's Yoku-Gami is a great learning tool for younger audiences while remaining a challenging game to master for older puzzler fans.
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With plenty of board games already under his belt, Reiner Knizia has turned his hand at producing a simpler puzzle game for the App Store. Yoku-Gami is the result of this collaboration with developer Meritum Soft and you'll need to put your math-hats on to make headway in this puzzler.
Whether you choose the Endless, Arcade or Level mode, the basic gameplay remains the same. Players are presented with a 6x6 grid filled with numbers and to clear them off the board you'll need to select a sequence such that the sum of all the smallest numbers add up to the largest in the group (e.g., selecting '1,1,6,4' is valid as 1+1+4=6). The order of their selection is irrelevant, however much like a three-match style game you'll need to become proficient in foreseeing the results of your actions as removing numbers from the board can make it easier (or more often, harder) to make subsequent matches.
Small, but significant differences in the three available modes gives Yoku-Gami a decent amount of replay value and players will need to master new strategies and overcome the challenges of each one. 'Endless' constantly refills the level after each match, acting as a casual entry-level mode; 'Arcade' will only add new numbers after an entire row or column is cleared, potentially leaving blocks stranded for extended periods of time; and lastly 'Level' requires you to clear out as many numbers as possible, subtracting 'lives' once no moves are left over and refreshing the entire board until you have no lives left.
Unfortunately it's easy to feel as though you're being thrown to the sharks on the last two modes as there's no guarantee that a board will have a valid solution. Thankfully there's no time limit preventing you from taking your time to at least choose the optimal path available to you, but it can be frustrating to feel as though you're punished for anything short of a completely calculated move.
Reiner Knizia's Yoku-Gami is an interesting new concept and one that's worth sharing with younger audiences, but it's hard to enjoy as a puzzler all on its own.
DescriptionYoku-Gami is a unique, challenging and addictive game. This easy to learn game is from the mind of award winning game designer Dr. Reiner Knizia. The rules are very straight forward so anyone can play, learn, have a blast and exercise their mind.
Join Yoki in this endless fun loving game which is idea for the whole family. Simply clear the numbers from the board and make your next move. Stuck? No worries, just tap Yoki and he will show you the right combination.
There are three different game types from which to choose:
1.ENDLESS mode means the fun never stops
2.ARCADE mode lets you test your strategic skills against others
3.LEVEL mode lets you clean up the board if you have what it takes
FUN AND LEARNING
If you think that Learning and Fun can not exist together then you haven't met Yoki yet! Yoku-Gami is an amazingly fun game but it doesn't stop there. Yoki helps build your mental dexterity and math skills, and even speeds your reaction time. Yoki takes you on a fun and thrilling journey that challenges you to get better as you play, and the fun never stops!
KIDS, PARENTS, SENIORS AND YOU!
Yoku-Gami is the perfect game for you and your whole family. People of all ages love Yoki. Parents, don't worry about your kids playing too much Yoku-Gami, they are improving their math skills and increasing their mental abilities. It is also a great way for seniors to keep their minds limber and active.
- Easy to play
- 3 fun and challenging game modes
- Local and global high scores
- Game center leaderboards and achievements
- Retina display support
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT YOKU-GAMI
"Reiner Knizia's Yoku-Gami makes math fun. Yoku-Gami is a success in the generally over-crowded puzzle genre." - gamezebo.com
"Yoku-Gami is a great learning tool for younger audiences while remaining a challenging game to master for older puzzler fans." - appspy.com
"Yoku-Gami is a well-rounded game for the family with excellent graphics and simple controls. It makes a great educational game for kids. Yet, adults can find a good challenge too." - appmodo.com
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