There are probably thousands of games available now on the Android market. Whether it’s free or for a fee, it’ll take a very long time to browse through all of them. Puzzle games are among the most common games available for Android users. Some are games that have the same concepts as others, and there are those that are just copies of recently trending games. But some of them are really innovative and fresh.
When I started out with one of the earlier Android versions, 2.0 Éclair, there weren’t that many puzzle games around yet. But one of them caught my attention, and it’s Flow Free for Android. First of all, the game is free. There are several sets available for you to solve, but for a fee, you will be provided with more and more puzzles.
The game itself is pretty simple. You are given a grid, be it 5×5, 6×6 and so on, and on this grid, there are several colored dots placed on the different squares from the grid. You’ll notice that they come in pairs. You can customize the colors, sounds and some of the other settings if you wish. Now, the goal of the game is to draw a line and connect the dots with the same colors. Sounds really easy right? Well, the catch is, the lines must not overlap any other line. Apart from that, you must utilize the entire grid, so you have to work around all of the spaces on the grid. That’s pretty challenging, especially when you’re just beginning and/or playing on a larger grid.
Upon solving a puzzle, you will be rated as to how efficiently you completed the grid. If you are able to connect all 5 colors within 5 moves, you’ll get a star. Don’t worry though, whenever you lift your finger, either accidentally or purposely, as long as you touch the same line/dot color, it will still be counted as one move.
There are 2 game modes, the Free Play mode and the Time Trial. The Free Play mode consists of the puzzles, divided into packs and board sizes. The Time Trial mode, on the other hand, is quite interesting and challenging. You can choose between the available board sizes and a time limit. Let’s say you chose a 5×5 board for 2 minutes. Your goal is to complete as many 5×5 puzzles within 2 minutes. It’s challenging and sometimes taxing on huge boards, especially if you choose a long time limit. That’s basically it for the gameplay. It doesn’t have complicated mechanics, but it is fun and challenging at the same time.
The real problem here would be on the huge boards that they labeled as appropriate for tablets. This app works in smaller and older Android phones. However, the 14×14 board is almost impossible on a screen that is smaller than 3.5 inches. You’ll need a precise touch screen in order to be efficient in this game. Low-end android phones that don’t have good touch screens will probably make your play time frustrating.
Flow Free for Android has the potential to be an addicting game. It gets challenging as you progress and the graphics are simple. It’s relatively very small in size compared to other apps, thus, you don’t have to worry about space on your memory card or your phone’s internal memory. There could also be a chance that you’d get bored at some point, especially if you’ve been playing for hours. It may not be your favorite type of puzzle game, but it’s worth trying out, and the free packs are more than enough to keep you busy for days.