Puzzle games were among the first development when computer gaming became a big thing, and no wonder since they are fairly easy to develop. Gopherwood Studios have created a lovely little puzzle game that is available freely in the Chrome app store. Its called Entanglement. The basic idea is that you form paths, trying to loop the red trail around without hitting a wall or the center or trapping yourself. In order to control the path, you rotate the pieces which are randomly dropped. The controls are extremely simple but the game is extremely challenging.
To control the orientation of the piece, you just click those little arrow images. The challenge is paying attention to where the path will lead.
The user interface is really simple. The score for your current game and your personal records are kept in the upper left hand corner of the screen. The menu is available on the bottom right hand corner in a little tab that you can pull out. The UI is really pleasing to the eye and doesn’t interfere with the game at all. I also really like the art style. It has a very distinctly asiatic feeling to it, which adds quite nicely to the overall zen feeling.
I find that playing Entanglement is extremely relaxing but also quite challenging. I particularly enjoy the fact that I start it and I’m immediately playing. There’s no loading or intro videos or anything like that, just start and go. And a play is pretty short. It only takes a few minutes. More puzzle games should have that feeling that you can jump in at any time and play for as long or short as you would like.
In conclusion, I really enjoy Entanglement. I was particularly pleased to find out that the developers work with HTML5, which is easily my favorite development tool. I love the art and the feel of the game. It really fills an important niche in my games collection. As a result of that, Entanglement earns the much sought after 5 out of 5 hearts. Well done!