Simple. Elegant. Challenging.
User reviews: Very Positive (164 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
11 of 11 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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16 of 21 people (76%) 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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4 of 4 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Review: "Simple. Elegant. Challenging." This three simple words from the game description describe it perfectly. An interesting, relaxing and pretty Puzzle game. Feels like a mix between practicing piano and weaving.

Pros:
- A relaxing game with a beautiful selected color palette.
- There are piano chimes and chords playing when you're completing the levels correctly. Really motivating and melodic.
- Lots of levels with a developing difficulty to have fun and improve your skills solving them.
- Minimalistic, very clean to the eye and mind.

Cons:
- It could have been interesting to choose what instrument you would like to play when you're making the Puzzles. Maybe a violin, a chelo, or guitar. The piano sound is perfect, but some other options to choose are never behind.

Score: 9/10, simply a perfect Puzzle to play to get distracted from a busy work/study day and relax.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
A puzzle game where the difficulty mostly comes from whether you want "perfect" runs or just to solve them. Up to you! Still becomes more complex as you go on and the board grows with multiple colors. Competent, nice atmosphere.
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