BACIS – The Puzzle Game. Good Underlying Puzzle Game Let Down by The Basics

BACIS – The Puzzle Game Rating: ★★☆☆☆

BACIS – The Puzzle Game is a new puzzle game from AntDroid Games where your task is to clear each of the 50 levels of the Baci that inhabit them by flicking them to their corresponding colored exit points.

Bacis appears to be some kind of bacteria that have infested the surfaces of your kitchen and your task is to clean them all up. The kitchen surface is made up of a collection of squares each joined with a criss-cross of lines that the Bacis travel along.

BACIS - The puzzle gameEach level contains a variety of Bacis each of them color coded to their destination. To move a Baci you simple touch it an it will start bouncing up and down on the screen. With the Bacis selected you can then flick it in the direction you wish it to travel. The Bacis will slide along the line in until it reaches the end of the line and if that line is the edge of the surface then you’ll lose it and you’ll need to start again.

So this is where the puzzle element of the game comes in as you must only make moves that will move your Bacis to it’s required destination without it falling from the kitchen surface. At the beginning this can be easily achieved as the end points are clear and obvious, however as you move through the levels the solutions become more convoluted requiring multiple moves and using other Bacis as blocks to prevent your active Bacis from falling off of the kitchen surface.

Each of the Bacis are well drawn and animated and remind me of the the creatures created by Ricky Gervais in his range of Flaminal books.

While the idea and puzzles are well put together and if the promises of future free updates do manifest themselves to the promise of 300 levels then at $1.99 BACIS – The Puzzle Game could be great value for money. This value for money factor is raised even more when you consider that the single app works on both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch, although with no additional features for the iPad version.

However, there are a couple of items that let BACIS down. First there is the navigation system which uses a simple font on a transparent backdrop that is not particularly easy on the eye. This is in contrast to the in-game graphics which are clear and easy to understand.

It would also be nice if because the playing area is larger than the iPod/iPhones screen it was possible to pinch and zoom to see the full playing area while instead the only option is to drag your finger across the screen to see all of it.

Another problem is the way you enter your name at the end of each level to record your high score, up to 7 characters can be entered to represent your name but instead of simply using the standard keyboard to enter your name they have used 7 different buttons on different levels to scroll through the alphabet. At least the name is remembered each time you complete subsequent levels but if you wish to change your name or if another player wishes to enter their name they will have to go through the painful process all over again.

Finally there is the Help system which through a combination of poor grammar and poor use of headings is difficult to understand and certainly doesn’t add to the ease of understanding the game.

The underlying game play of BACIS – The Puzzle Game suggests that it could be another strong addition to the Apps Stores long list of fun puzzle games but until the numerous bugs are addressed BACIS is more frustrating than enjoyable.

Pros

  • Good underlying puzzle dynamic
  • 50 puzzles raising to 300 via free updates

Cons

  • Poor help system
  • No zooming
  • Hard to use navigation system

BACIS – The puzzle game launch trailer

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Released: Jun 18, 2010
Version: 1.3
Size: 17.6 MB
Language: English
Seller: Alpha-Tauri Interactive Ltd.
© Alpha-Tauri Interactive Ltd.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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