Amazon decides to head back down the route of original games with today’s free app of the day, Router. This innovative puzzler takes seconds to learn but hours to master. The purpose of the game is to connect matching colored dots together with lines; however none of your lines can overlap. Find the shortest possible distance, and you’ll be rewarded with a perfect score and points to buy hints in case you ever get stuck. With over nine chapters to complete, there are plenty of puzzles to keep you busy for quite some time.
The Fun Stuff:
Router is incredibly simple to understand. The challenge of mastering each puzzle with the shortest distance is a nice reward in itself, and overcoming each level without the help of hints is even more satisfactory. There’s also no annoying timer on the levels, so the game gives you plenty of time to really concentrate and plan out the best possible routes. Then it’s just a simple drag of your finger to trace the routes. There’s just nothing to worry about because the game is simple as is the scoring. The game lacks a tutorial, but you really shouldn’t need any more instructions beyond the app’s description in the Amazon App Store.
The Frustrating Stuff:
This app’s presentation could use a major overhaul. The first time you launch the app, it throws you immediately into puzzle number 1. No main menu, no explanation… just some weird music and a little confusion. Once you realize what’s going on though, you’re on your way to solving puzzles. As you advance through rounds, you’ll also notice that the scale of the board and dots constantly changes. This is a little annoying, taxing on your eyes and brain, and not very visually appealing. The worst part is, most people miss out on a large part of the app because the menus are so poorly designed. After completing the first chapter (18 puzzles), most users had assumed the game was over because they didn’t notice the microscopic green arrow in the bottom corner telling them they could advance. Likewise, there’s also ridiculously tiny “undo” and “menu” buttons built into the game which allow you to reverse your previous move or jump to any level to try for a perfect score. They’re so hard to notice, it’s likely you’ll get several levels in before you remember you can jump back to try previous puzzles.
To a certain extent, this app was very poorly designed. Fortunately for Router, the fundamentals come through, and that’s having a solid core game experience and an app that runs smoothly. Although the faults in the presentation are pretty bad, once you learn the ins and outs of the app, you’ll be able to navigate it with little problem. If you like a good mental challenge, Router is something you’ll seriously want to consider picking up today while it’s free, despite the app’s shortcomings. If you’ve missed out on the sale though, $1.99 seems a little hefty to pay. You’re probably better off spending your money on other puzzlers like Cut the Rope.
Router was created by park3mobile and is Amazon’s free app of the day for 1/27/12. It typically sells for $1.99
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