The relaxing puzzle game

GAMES & GADGETS

By Karan R. Gaikwad
  • Published 20.11.17
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GAME: KAMI 2 by State of Play
GENRE: Puzzle 
PLATFORMS: Android, iOS

Our interaction with puzzle games on mobile is usually with Candy Crush type match-3 games. Sure they are fun, but they can get frustrating at times. With Kami 2 you can expect a serene yet challenging experience with the added ability to design your own puzzles.

Kami 2 is a sequel to Kami, which was primarily a paid game with a couple of free stages at the start. Kami 2 is completely free, making it much more accessible. You are given a screen with patterns of different colours. The entire area of one colour can be converted into any other colour. The final objective is to have only one colour on the screen. It sounds simple but with each stage the game asks you to change your strategy.

There are multiple modes to choose from. The first is the standard set of 108 puzzles which can be played without connecting to the Internet. The brilliant part of Kami 2 is its puzzle creation system. It lets you create puzzles and challenge the world with them. There is also a Challenge Mode where the objective is to successfully complete as many puzzles of increasing difficulty as possible. The Daily Mode gives you a puzzle every couple of hours to solve. Both the Challenge Mode and the Daily Mode consist of puzzles created by other players, so technically there is never a shortage. The fact that you are trying to solve puzzles created by players like you also gives a competitive feel to the game.

The best part is the paper-based art style combined with a traditional Japanese soundtrack. This gives a very serene vibe. The animations after completing a puzzle create a satisfying reward moment.

You can pay in the game to remove ads and get hints. For players looking to create their own unique puzzle sets, there are a couple of colours that they can buy. The achievement system in the game also unlocks new colours so you have free access to colours too.

Sometimes, the puzzles can be a bit slow to load. Also, when it comes to the Challenge and Daily Modes, the difficulty of the puzzles vary widely, making it an uneven experience. Plus, there are a set of annoying ads after every puzzle.

Kami is a Japanese word for spirits or phenomenon that are worshipped in the Shinto religion. They are not separate from nature, possessing positive and negative, good and evil characteristics. This resonates with the game with each puzzle feeling like it has a life of its own.

VERDICT: I would give it a

9 out of 10 rating.

• The Ultra versions of last year's Pokémon Sun and Moon come with a great big helping of new stuff. These games will probably be the last big releases for 3DS since the Switch is now doing so well.

• You start as a child who has just moved to the islands of Alola, Pokémon's equivalent of Hawaii, and set off on an adventure to best each landmass' Pokémon-centric trials. These replace Gym battles from earlier Pokémon games but fans can recognise the trials for what they are.

• Pokémon has gotten progressively weirder over the years but Sun and Moon lean into that goofiness tenfold. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have upped both the weirdness and the charm. The Ultras are also full of diversions such as manually harvesting beans at your Poké Pelago farm, light town management at Festival Plaza, and Nintendogs-style pocket-monster care in Pokémon Refresh.

VERDICT: If you don't have the Sun and Moon games, you must buy the Ultra versions.

AT A GLANCE

Pokémon Ultra Sun and 
Ultra Moon for Nintendo 3DS

• The Ultra versions of last year’s Pokémon Sun and Moon come with a great big helping of new stuff. These games will probably be the last big releases for 3DS since the Switch is now doing so well.

• You start as a child who has just moved to the islands of Alola, Pokémon’s equivalent of Hawaii, and set off on an adventure to best each landmass’ Pokémon-centric trials. These replace Gym battles from earlier Pokémon games but fans can recognise the trials for what they are.

• Pokémon has gotten progressively weirder over the years but Sun and Moon lean into that goofiness tenfold. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have upped both the weirdness and the charm. The Ultras are also full of diversions such as manually harvesting beans at your Poké Pelago farm, light town management at Festival Plaza, and Nintendogs-style pocket-monster care in Pokémon Refresh.

• VERDICT: If you don’t have the Sun and Moon games, you must buy the Ultra versions.