Price: $1.99    Score: 5/10   Category: Games

Developed by Found in the Future, i3 is an innovative new puzzle game for iPhone and iPad.

The objective is to arrange multicolored cubes on a grid in such a way that they can be removed from the grid to earn points and make space for more cubes. The name may seem inscrutable at first, but it comes from the fact that the game revolves around only three kinds of moves:

  1. Roll 3D colored cubes around the game board
  2. Place cubes in matching lines
  3. Release lines of three or more cubes to score

That pretty much sums up the entirety of what you”ll be doing with i3. You line up three or more matching colored cubes, “release” them, then repeat the process. It sounds simple because it is, but only at first. Eventually the game speeds up and drops cubes faster and faster and it becomes increasingly challenging to remove the blocks in time. The game will also start to try to pull fast ones you on by dropping trick cubes that have a different color on each side so you have to be very careful about how you move it around the board and where you place it.

The controls are simple enough and never become frustrating. The gameplay itself, however, tends to get very boring very quickly. Releasing cubes is not as satisfying as it ought to be, and the game lacks the fun and charm of other puzzle games like Tetris best online casino or Bust-a-Move.

The graphical style of i3 is a lot like what might happen if Tron ate a Rubik”s Cube and then threw it back up. Everything is all neon and highly stylized and it”s attractive enough for a puzzle game. There is only one song in the game so if you will be hearing it constantly and it gets old fast. The option to play a custom soundtrack would have been nice.

i3 is a solid attempt, but ultimately doesn”t have that mysterious addictive quality that all puzzle games need to truly shine. It”s almost like the developers themselves knew this as they were making it so they made everything in the game neon and shiny to compensate. Unless you are violently shaking in anticipation for a new puzzle game on your iPhone, you will probably want to pass on i3.