- Smart concept and puzzles.
- Slick transitions and classy visual design.
- Clever use of audio cues to direct gameplay.
- Lacks a play component to the puzzle solving process.
Strata is an elegant puzzler elevated by fluid visuals and emergent sound design.
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Strata is a ribbon-based puzzle game that requires a large amount of forethought. Though we often rally behind puzzle games which give our fingers something to do while our brains dissect the problem, you might be surprised to learn that we took to Strata in a big way.
It's a game about laying coloured ribbons on grid filled with coloured tiles. Criss-crossing two ribbons over a tile activates the colour beneath. The catch is that the tile will only light up if the ribbon layed on top is of the same colour.
It sounds like a confusing concept, but the tutorial stages set out the rules of play pretty well. As you complete more sets, the play areas grows in size, making the puzzle tougher, and the order in which you lay down your ribbon even more important.
As you play, the game offers audio cues to tell you when you've made a misstep. The emergent soundtrack sends notes ringing out every time you lay a ribbon down. There's a harmony to the sustained chords that build as you layer. This accompaniment actually encourages momentum, with the sound fading away if you dawdle for too long. If you make an incorrect move, you'll hear a bum note and the chord will ring dissonant. It's a subtle but highly effective cue that you need to re-evaluate your approach.
There's also a hint system, which can tell you the correct path for each ribbon, or the order of which you need to lay the ribbons down. If you choose to use it, you can select how detailed the hint will be, so those anyone feeling guilty about asking for assistance feel like they've only been nudged in the right direction.
However, it's Strata clever concept, elegant visual design, and reactive sound which make solving its puzzles so very rewarding. As such, it's a strong entry into the zen puzzler genre, one which deserve to be played by gaming fans, and wicker basker weavers alike.
Description** Runner up for Most Innovative Game Design on the Indie Showcase at Casual Connect USA 2013!
** Nominated for a Unity Award 2013 for Best 2d Visual Experience!
A truly unique puzzle experience that embraces simplicity, elegance, and challenge. Strata paints a simple yet challenging puzzle game onto a sophisticated canvas of color and sound. Test the limits of your brain by completing complex weaves of color to solve the puzzles.
The goal of Strata is to strategically layer colored ribbons to match a pattern. Using forethought and strategy you must sequence your moves correctly. Over time patterns emerge and your tactics may evolve, but Strata will keep you on your toes with increasingly difficult puzzles.
- Hundreds of increasingly bigger and more challenging puzzles.
- Option to Perfect each grid by completing it without pulling a ribbon back.
- A simple, yet addicting game for any age.
- Beautifully recorded sounds accompany your actions.
What's New in Version 1.2.1iCloud saving and sound toggle.
Minor localization fixes.