Simple. Elegant. Challenging.
User reviews: Very Positive (147 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
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Beautiful sound design and very well presented deductive logic game. After getting the hang of it, the puzzles aren't very different from each other. However the background instruments that play notes as you progress a puzzle and then a short melody at completion make for a soothing puzzle experience. One might compare this to Kami; Strata is more aurally pleasing while the puzzles from Kami are more challenging.

If you enjoy unique aesthetics in visual palette and sound design and aren't put off by the fairly straight forward puzzle solving, you should enjoy Strata for at least a short time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Beautiful casual puzzle game

Nice relaxing moments for the first few levels. It gets challenging later on. The idea is kinda simple, I guess. Very easy to understand the game. Yet it's complicated enough to complete with increasing tiles and variation in later levels.

It is beautiful because of coloring of the ribbons and the silk-like background. Well done.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Strata is aesthetically minimalist but still manages an elegant beauty. Its sound design effectively communicates success and failure in a manner befitting the 'zen puzzler' mould it is trying to fill. Its minimalism extends to interface in a way that promotes the kind of 5 minute drop-in gaming that makes these games so addicting. Still I can't recommend this game because it fails in the one place that really matter, it's a weak puzzle.

For the first 10 minutes or so I really enjoyed Strata, a simple but engaging puzzle format that seemed to have a lot of room for variation ahead of it. Then it hit me, there is a simple mechanical stratey to solve literally every puzzle of this format regardless of the size or number of colours. However complicated a solution may be it is always trivial to solve in reverse, this leads to the game quickly evolving into busywork. Even for this low price with all the pretty packaging a bad puzzle is a bad puzzle and a thorough waste of time.

I kept hoping that in the later sets the game would through in some new spin or twist on the mechanics, unless it appears in the final 6x6 it never comes. I feel like there is something hidden within this concept that could be saved, maybe a block type that is set by the bottom ribbon or requires a particular ribbon combination? In its current state the game is nothing but dissapointing.

MINOR ISSUES: the game had a few navigation bugs in the level select menu which require a restart to make the game playable again. Some of the ribbon colours seem too close to each other leading to silly mistakes, this wouldn't be a big deal if the perfect system didn't punish undoing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
Strata is a fun puzzle game.

I was afraid, at first, it wouldn't be good on pc as this is thought to be used on tactil devices. But not at all, it working perfectly on my computer.

It's taking you step by step increasing difficulty into finding the perfect path to cover all those squares.
After the 4th set, I got used to the game and it became quite easy to finish the rest, even with more squarre and more colours. It took just some time.

After the last step of difficulty, it just felt just more of the same over and over for the last two set of puzzles.

Despite this little downside, I enjoyed the game a lot.

And so, I recommend it for people who like puzzle game. Watch the video to get the idea on the puzzle you will get.

PS: Don't pay attention to my number of hours on the game, I idled a lot on it :P.
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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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21 of 22 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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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
9.0 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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10 of 10 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.

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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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4 of 4 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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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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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 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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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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
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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