Friday, March 20, 2015

Cozy City - App Review

Cozy City app for Apple iOS is a charming little puzzle game that’s entertaining and deceptively simple. Paint tiles to create roadways leading to homes in this quiet and serene suburban neighborhood. This one requires strategy, logic and a heaping spoonful of trial and error to conquer. (continued)

 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Cozy City app presents in portrait mode and works with both iPhone and iPad. Your screen is divided into two halves, with the top half displaying the blueprint to the suburban enclave to be constructed, and the lower half of your screen displaying the construction zone. All you gotta do is follow the instructions on the blueprint to place puzzle tiles onto the city grid and complete the puzzle within a set number of moves. So, for instance, the blueprint may show a straightaway leading to an intersection that then splits off to a house on the left and another on the lower right. All you gotta do is paint with your finger to draw the roadways, intersection and respective homes to match the blueprint. Sounds simple, right? Wrooooong! The blueprint isn’t an exact depiction of the construction zone below, so it takes some trial and error to figure out how to make everything fit just right within the set number of moves. Like any real construction zone, things never quite turn out as planned and never complete on schedule.

The controls use screen taps and swipes to deliver the goods, and all functioned as expected. The graphics are simple and charmingly sweet; this looks like a friendly neighborhood, if only they could figure out how to complete these cookie cutter homes on time and on budget. The visuals are very blocky and retro by design and remain appealing and inviting. The animation is minimal, just rendering painted roadways and homes, but doing so nicely. The sounds are decent, but certainly grate on the nerves the more you play, thanks to the monotonously simple and overly repetitious music; this is the stuff mute buttons are made of.

Cozy City app for Apple iOS has lots of levels to work through and conquer, so this one is sure to satisfy puzzle fans for a good while.



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