Rubik’s Race

Rubik’s Race ($1.99) by Prodo Digital

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Rubik’s Race is a puzzle game that’s every bit as frustrating as the original Rubik’s Cube, except this time you can’t “solve” it by peeling the stickers off and rearranging them! If you’re too young to know what a Rubik’s Cube is… well, sorry! We old folks sometimes speak in code that can only be understood with the help of Wikipedia.

This puzzle game feels very familiar, not because of the Rubik’s name, but because it reminds me of those old number-sliding games where you have to put the digits in sequence (sorry once again for the ancient reference). Rubik’s Race has several game modes and powerups that make it way cooler than just sliding squares around, but the general idea is to move colored squares to match a pattern in as few moves as possible.

In the words of Prodo Digital, Rubik’s Race “takes the Rubik’s Cube and makes it flat, providing puzzle based game play where users move tiles to create formations against the clock”.

This is true of the Time Attack mode (shown in the image above) but if being timed stresses you out there’s also an Arcade mode that’s more relaxed and lets you solve tile formations that start off easy and gradually get harder. “Play and Pass” is also available for up to four players.

I suck at this kind of thing, but Rubik’s Race is a very nicely done game and I love that you can earn “Perks” that help you cheat a little bit.  This is a game that will definitely challenge those who have the patience and brain power to solve this kind of puzzle.

Fun Yes
Sound & Graphics Very professional
Controls Simple, just slide the squares
Replay Value Great if you usually get hooked on this kind of puzzle
Overall Worth the $1.99 price tag
App Name: Rubik’s Race (iTunes)
Version: 1.01.1
Price as of this writing: $1.99. A free version of this app is not available at this time.
iTunes category: Games
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: Prodo Digital
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 4, iOS 5.0

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