Simple. Elegant. Challenging.
User reviews: Very Positive (128 reviews)
Release Date: May 29, 2014
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“Elegant and taxing, Strata is a great choice for aesthetes and thinkers alike.”
4.5 / 5.0 – MacLife

“Strata weaves one excellent puzzle experience that is a must buy with some of the best puzzles on iOS, or anywhere.”
4.5 / 5.0 – Apple'N'Apps

“If you’re looking for a chilled out puzzle experience that has plenty of replay value, look no further than Strata.”
9 / 10 – Arcade Sushi

About This Game

A truly unique puzzle experience that embraces simplicity, elegance, and challenge. Strata paints a simple yet challenging puzzle game onto a sophisticated canvas of color and sound. Test the limits of your brain by completing complex weaves of color to solve the puzzles.

The goal of Strata is to strategically layer colored ribbons to match a pattern. Using forethought and strategy you must sequence your moves correctly. Over time patterns emerge and your tactics may evolve, but Strata will keep you on your toes with increasingly difficult puzzles.

Special thanks to those who supported Strata on Greenlight!

Key Features

  • Hundreds of increasingly bigger and more challenging puzzles.
  • Option to Perfect each grid by completing it without pulling a ribbon back.
  • A simple, yet addicting game for any age.
  • Beautifully recorded sounds accompany your actions.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP with SP2 or later / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz or Faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
Another amazing puzzle game on Steam. After making connections in "LYNE" and doing folds in "KAMI" now comes "Strata". It' just simple, unique and challenging ...

You have colored ribbons from both sides and must weave them in the right way. You play in a matrix with colored fields. The last ribbon on top must have the same color as the field color. Such simple it is, you should be alarmed: it's absolutely reverse thinking. Unfortunately there are only max 2 layers of ribbon possible in every level.
The game difficulty raises slow and usually it becomes harder with more colors. It starts at 3x3 fields and 2 colors, later it goes up to 5x5 and 5 colors and 6x6 and 4 colors.

Something strange is that you have to play a lot of levels (there are over 500 in this game) . For a set of 3x3 9 levels, for a set of 5x5 25 levels, and 6x6 even 36 levels. Sometimes the menu is bugged and the achievements are also not working right. But altogether it's quite fun and you play for some hours a nice game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Surprisingly simple and entertaining puzzle game. It delivers what the trailer says with its elegance and simplicty. A VERY enjoyable experienec in the vein of LYNE and other puzzlers that don't hurry you up with timers and other stuff. You take your time and try to solve the puzzles with the chance to perfect them, which is just not undoing any moves.

With varying complexity and a huge amount of puzzles, there is plenty here to keep you entertained for several hours or to save you from a boring day at work.

Recommended!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
One of the more enjoyable ambient-puzzle games that have been popular as of late, though also fairly exhausting. A lot of it comes down to an exercise in memorization until you've really got the core mechanics down to the point where you can just eye a puzzle and figure out the first spot that needs to be set in stone. There's plenty of content here, though; 28 sets of puzzles altogether, and the size of each set is based on the size of the boards within (3x3 boards have 9 puzzles, 4x4 boards have 16, up to 6x6 which have 36 each). I don't think it's the kind of game that you can play a lot of in one sitting, though, but as a game to occasionally come back to to keep your mind sharp, I'd definitely recommend it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I like spending leisure time on it, not that hard:)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Creative. Ambient aesthetics and musical themes make this a great little brain teaser whilst unwinding.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
one of the few puzzle games that I've been a constant supporter of. From a year ago when it started on greenlight it has come out as something truly zen without sacrificing gameplay for it's simple and beautiful art style.

How it works is that you click on a banner color and select where it goes, the way the puzle works is that you have to fill out all the spaces without having any colors over the wrong spaces. The music is minimalist but peaceful. You don't have to play from start the finish you can freely choose which chapter you want to play but keep in mind they do become more elaborate and complicated as you go. The price as the defining factor as to whether or not to buy it is undoubledly fair at a price of $3.99 for such a small and simple title just to relax and stretch your mind
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
Don't be fooled by how simple Strata looks.

The game walks you through how to play it pretty quickly and effectively, but other than that, you are on your own. The rest of the game is just you, your brain, and the piano keys tinkling blissfully in your ears.

Any casual player can pick it up and jump right in, and any puzzle/indie lover can dedicate hours to solve and complete each set and wave of puzzles down to straight perfection, like me. For $3.99, this game gives you a crapton to work with.

My only complaint is that after playing the 5x5 puzzles for awhile you will start to feel it, and I mean feel some sort of brain exhaustion. Don't marathon this for 12 hours on end. Especially as some of the levels can have god-awful colour schemes, you don't want to risk eye strain or your sanity just to perfect a few puzzles.

That being said, 8/10 would let wreck my brain again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Awesome puzzle game
Totally worth it
Test you intellect with this game
10/10
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Strata is a game of layers, from it gameplay, presentation, and internal design. It's immediately accessible, yet provides the tools for a nearly endless array of puzzles, with a beautifully designed art style complimenting the relaxing, minimal audio arrangement. It doesn't assume to be more than it is, nor attempt to break your expectations of what it appears to be, but its narrow ambition isn't a con in this instance, but a deliberate decision that makes Strata and exceptionally easy to pick up enjoy puzzle game that's satisfying without getting bogged down by an abundance of challenge, perfectly finding its place in an offspring of zen puzzle games.

It takes but a moment to understand Strata's one mechanic, that of layering colored strands so the top color is that of the square underneath, but the gradual expansion of the size and complexity of levels keeps it from feeling mundane of simplistic. The lack of any constraints of penalties while solving puzzles allows for experimentation without consequences, which keeps the stress of trying to solve a particularly challenging puzzle at bay. Those wishing for something a little more difficult though will find solace in attempting "perfect" levels, which requires you to complete them without undoing any moves (essentially planning all of your moves from the start and having to remember to execute them in exactly that order). It doesn't change Strata from being a fairly breezily easy game for the most part, but the extra objective is a nice touch for those looking to work their minds a little more fervently.

What drew me into Strata more than anything though was its mellow, inviting art style and beautifully composed sound design. The presentation is clean, but exceptionally stylized, with angles and camera movements positioned perfectly to make the experience feel like it is one giant moving picture. Layering strands creates patchwork designs of an inconsequential look, but somehow meaningful in their randomness. Each button press sparks an instrument to play in the background, making for a symphonic sound that grows as you get closer to completing a puzzle.

Like Lyne and Kami before it, Strata is a basic but addictive puzzle game, that's offers a relaxing change of pace from the hyper violent and sensory overloading games of modern day. It might not ever be more than a nice "in between" game for most people, but at a low price point I would still instantly recommend it to anyone looking to chill out for a few minutes at a time (or more, given the large amount of content here). There's not much more I can say about it, so I'll keep this relatively short and simply say Strata is exactly what it appears to be, which is a charming puzzler that you ought to allot some time to yourself.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Strata follows closely a recent trend of musically and aesthetically inclined simplistic indie puzzlers, such as Lyne, Kami, Hexcells and Circuits (the latter two to a lesser degree). Each of these titles offers a deceptively simplistic puzzler that hides a significant layer of complexity beneath. Strata is no exception, and of the lot, it is a strong contender for being my favorite of the bunch.

The premise for Strata's puzzles are simple; you begin each puzzle with a squared grid, with most squares representing a specific color. For each row and column, you must assign a single thread of any specific color of your choosing, with the goal of covering each colored square with its respective shade. The rub here is that many threads will overlap, and the only way to succeed in Strata is to ensure that each respective colored thread remains the top most thread on each of the same colored squares. It sounds simple enough, and in the beginning, it is. You start with a simple 2x2 grid, just to learn the basics, but quickly move on to the more common 3x3 and 4x4 grids, with far more challenging 5x5 and 6x6 grids ending each respective segment.

There are 7 sections, each containing 4 separate groups of puzzles, with each group varying between the aforementioned 3, 4, 5 and 6x grid types. Each of the 7 sections contains a slightly different music pattern from the rest, with the latter several carrying wildly different tones than its predecessors. The pleasant piano notes that accompany each click of the mouse and the movements of the threads standout to me as one of the driving forces behind my continued playing of Strata; the relaxing tones urge me to attempt one last puzzle, as does the enjoyment of the miniature sonata that accompanies each victory.

The visual aesthetic that accompanies the lovely music could not have been more perfectly placed, as there is nary a single unnecessary graphic or flashy fixture to interfere with the mood already set by the already relaxing musical performance. The movement of the colored threads in-game and in the menus remain smooth throughout, lending to the elegance of the piano with each movement.

For the simplicity that Strata provides, it's impressive the level of challenge that presents itself upon reaching the higher numbered grid sets. While challenging, I've yet to come across a single puzzle that instilled anything other than a relaxed state of mind while I slowly piece together where each thread should end up. and with only a few "perfect" segments under my belt, I enjoy the thought that my time with Strata is far from over, as I have several segments I've yet to even attempt. Ignoring this title on the notion that simplicity may accompany inadequacy would be a crime, and with the low price, I wholeheartedly recommend Strata to anyone in need of a relaxing time waster between responsibilities, and especially for anyone who enjoys a pleasant puzzle now and again.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
A nice zen puzzler. You against your own intellect. Tranquil and meditative; provides food for thought. No rage-quits here. Well worth the money.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2014
Looking for a beautiful, relaxing game? This is it.
Similar in feel to Kami, Picross, Splice, Lyne.

Everything from the graphics to the music, to the gameplay is incredibly zen and gives you peace of mind while still managing to engage you. Very easy to get into, even without the excellent yet simple tutorial.

What made me first discover Strata and Kami was the wonderfully clean art-style, I was very surprised how well orchestrated the game is with small bits of beautifully crafted sounds. There seems to be no loading times for each puzzle which makes everything feel like it flows together beautifully, adding to the already peaceful setting of the game.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Fantastic! Very engaging, beautiful art, and keeps the mind sharp. A must buy for lovers of puzzle games! You'll be instantly addicted.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
The most Zen game you'll ever play.

And I don't just mean its design. Its minimalist art style and pleasantly satisfying piano cues make it a joy just to be in there.

But there is also the actual puzzle solving aspect. The puzzles themselves have an abstract way to them, and they'll put your mind to work. You'll wrack your brain figuring out the proper way to solve a stage... but just when you're about to give up, you'll simply see it. Clear in your mind: the solution. You'll suddenly find yourself in the zone, and you'll be solving stages in a breeze, amid an unstoppable flow of clarity.

It's a feeling that is hard to describe in words otherwise, so I highly recommend you experience it yourself.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Fun puzzle game, but gets a little bit samey!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2014
Did you love Lyne? If so, this is the BOMB.COM for you!

Strata isn't fast-paced. Or action-filled. Or multiplayer. Strata is relaxing. Calm. Fun. It's a very simple game: draw lines on a grid, so every square is covered by the same coloured line. But here's the twist: the colour needs to be the same on the top. What starts off as a simple, easy game becomes a mind-boggling addictive puzzle. I could spend the same amount of time into Counter-Strike as i could with Strata. It's that good. Soon, you'll be matching up lines everywhere!

But gameplay isn't the only thing. Strata is beautifully designed, with clean, neat, paper-like formatting that is both relaxing to the eye and wonderfully complex. In addition, the sound is well done. Timing right with the game, it eases you straight into a position of comfortability and easy-mindedness.

Beware! This game most certainly isn't Borderlands 2, but it is well worth 3.99 (2.99 on sale), for a relaxing puzzle game that you can play for hours on end. Just remember to take breaks once in a while.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
If you enjoy puzzles that give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete...this game is 10/10 the game for you.
Very reasonable price, and simplistic yet endearing game play and artwork.
As soon as you get the hang of it, you'll zip through the puzzles until...no longer shall you trudge through 3x3 puzzles, but you reach the ever increasing difficulty of 4x4! A whole new style of getting it just right to learn, and many many more to complete, this goes on until 5x5, and ending up with the God-like 6x6! With achievements that are 100% completed from just playing the game and completing all the puzzles, this game will test you over and over, putting your patience and intelligence into question.

Get it, play it, win it, love it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Strata is a very simple idea that works well and is nicely delivered. It starts as a pleasant casual game in that you can just walk away from it an any time and it's out of your head in a nanosecond, but while you're playing it.

But....

A possible criticism is the change in difficulty curve every time your square increases in size. There's a large jump between 3x3 puzzles and 4x4 ones and the further one progresses the less casual it becomes and the more concentration is needed. Strata stops being so casual and becomes fiendish once you're sucked in unless you use the hints I guess. But I'm not a fan of just following instructions.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
This is one of those games that is extremely simple in their concept, but deviously hard to beat. The visuals are comfortable to the eyes and the easy-listening, laidback music further draws you in.

If you like to exercise your visual imaging then Strata is a must-have. The game is a bit buggy at times, e.g. it sometimes freezes when you move around menus or levels too quickly and some achievements pop-up when you haven't rightfully earned them yet. This is however compensated by the low price and enjoyable gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2014
In Strata, unique level design, the sound, and ultimately the pallet of colors significantly contribute to the game's aesthetics. Each level is a unique challenge to the player. There are a few annoying bugs here and there, which might from time to time require the user to restart the game, however, they don't take away from the player's experience. I definately recommend to any lovers of casual puzzle games

8.5/10
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