Simple. Elegant. Challenging.
User reviews: Very Positive (115 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I like spending leisure time on it, not that hard:)
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6

... and that's all I got to say about that...
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Like Kami, I found this game satisfied mind, eye, and ear. None of the puzzles are especially hard, particularly since there is an undo, but they're still fun. The navigation is a bit glitchy if you go between the levels, and it can be confusing to get back where you left off between sessions.

I did not enjoy this quite as much as Kami, but it was well worth the cost.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Love this game! Such a simple idea, yet it tricks you once in a while.

I played it through on mobil, then it came to Steam.
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
A wonderful, challenging little game that does a great job of keeping things relaxed. Very addictive and with a lovely, sweet soundtrack. Definitely worth it!
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This is an astonishing game, to put it simply. The concept is simple, layer the strips so the colour indicated in the square below is lain on top. The resultant puzzles are deviously difficult at times but the ability to quickly retrace your steps or, even, restart the problem makes sure the challenge never becomes frustrating. The visuals are simple, yet lovely and the sound design is perfectly done.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
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
Fun puzzle game, but gets a little bit samey!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Peronally I'm an avid fan of games that tease your brain and give you that "Aaah" feeling when finally figuring out the puzzle you're presented with.

Sadly I have to say that Strata disappointed me in that regard. Strata was fun for the first ~5 minutes while I still got to know the game mechanics and figured out how it works, but then it fell into a state where the levels got bigger and bigger, but I just kept repeating what I did before, again and again. Strata is very static and does not offer variation whatsoever. It is possible to complete a level in many different ways, but repeating a level over and over again just to find all possible solutions, from which many of those barely even differ doesn't sound very appealing to me.

If, on the other hand, your goal is to find a game that simply keeps you busy while progressing through it with time, but doesnt really present any difficulty, you might find Strata interesting, but for me the things that Strata has to offer were not quite enough.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I love puzzle games. Strata is really fun, just the way Hexcells and Edge are. If you like puzzle you will enjoy this one very much.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
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 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
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.


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
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
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

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Strata could be so frustrating--except it's so careful not to be.

I mulled over purchasing Strata for a while. At first I was worried I wasn't smart enough to get too into this game, but it's very forgiving and the sound effects are calming, almost meditative. I have lovely moments of insight, where everything just clicks and the ribbons weave so perfectly, and I have times where I ponder and redo... and occasionally look at the hints.

Don't worry about difficulty: it draws you in slowly and gently and gives you all the time you need.
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