Simple. Elegant. Challenging.
User reviews: Very Positive (245 reviews) - 92% of the 245 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz+
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Very fun, small puzzle game! Anybody who liked the game Lyne might like this too!
Great game to sit with for couple of minutes and think. The stages get defficult and difficult and challenging.
I got this in humble bundle, but I recommend it for its current price, or on sale.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
“Strata” is a 2D puzzle game which players are asked to create the correct pattern using different colored ribbons. Its artistic textures create a soothing gameplay.

The game starts with 2x2 tutorial puzzles. Tutorial is nice and easy to understand. It shows the player what his/her goal is, and how the ribbons are used.

In the puzzles, the player is given a set of different colored ribbons. These ribbons can be placed on rows or lines of the diagonal puzzle ground. Puzzle grounds have colors in intersection of rows and colors. As expected, when ribbons are placed on rows and lines, they intersect. Puzzle logic comes from this intersection. Whichever ribbon is placed later, its color occupies that intersection. Players’ goal is to create the same pattern on the puzzle ground.

This game has a static logic for its puzzles. That means there are no new additions when player advances to later puzzles. Logic is always the same. Only things that change are size of the ground and number of the ribbons’ colors. Smallest puzzles’ grounds are 2x2 and largest ones are 6x6. If I calculated correctly there are 485 puzzles (excluding tutorials) separated into 7 sets and each set is separated further into 4 waves. It is worth noting that this static logic may be a deal breaker for some people.

Puzzles’ difficulty is tricky to talk about. There is a trick to solve the puzzles. This trick can be used to solve even the most-complicated-looking-level. If player can figure it out then very few puzzles are challenging and rest is easy. So it is safe to say that unofficial puzzle goal in this game is to solve the trick. Levels can be considered as tools to figure it out.

During my gameplay, I came across some minor bugs. These bugs did not affect actual puzzles; they were all in main menu. The game has a menu that resembles a navigation system instead of standard button menu. And this menu can sometimes act weird. Luckily the game can be restarted in a few seconds so even a restart doesn’t make player loose anything. Regardless, they should be fixed.

As a final note, games achievements are all easily achievable. So this is a good game to get a “perfect game” status if you are interested in such things.

Pros:
+ Good Art: The game has nice textures and uses pastel colors, which makes it easy on the eyes.

+ Soothing Gameplay: Art style and realistic instrument (piano, classic guitar and bell) notes that play after almost every player action create a relaxing environment.

+ Originality: Puzzle logic looks really unique.

Cons:
- Repetitive: Because this is a puzzle game, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Also it is a little expected. That said, using the same logic throughout the game results doing the exact same thing again and again.

- Minor bugs: The game has some minor bugs that don’t affect actual puzzles. Still they should be fixed.


Verdict:
It was nice to play a game that actually made me relaxed for a change. These kinds of games show that games are not all about action or achievements; so I recommend it. Still it is worth noting that this puzzle game is mostly recommended to people who care “solving puzzles” more than which puzzles they solve, due to its static logic.


P.S: As a rule, I won't comment on price tag. Everyone has a different opinion on whether it is worth the price tag or not. So it is up to you to decide.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
Strata belongs to the class of UNITY-based puzzle games which I seem to enjoy alot. While being fun ad engaging, Strata carries a uniqe blend of music which helps you enjoy the game as you play it. While many puzzle games are fustrating and involvive matching this one moves beyond that to include spatial thinking as one of the core elements.

10/10 would totally reccomend this for the serious puzzle gamer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
Quiet and peaceful little puzzler. Something strange with the achievements though, most of the "completed set" type achievements dropped straight after the first (perfect) puzzle, didn't take too long :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Easy, peace, casual.

It have quite a lot puzzles, and each of them is easy to solve, so you can play it everytime you want.

It doesn't have a quit button, I mean not the origin one which you need press 1-7 times ESC button and some bugs here may cause a loop which means you will never get that quit button at the origin menu. So when you play and want to quit, you need to press "ALT + F4".

And also it's too hard to distinct the colours in some levels, especially when every colour is covered by the actived colour lines, you can hardly figure out the colour below, unless you remember it.

For unknown reason, didn't got the last 2 achievement...I'll see it in the future :D
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