Elegant Puzzle Games Should Be On Oprah's Non-Existent List of Video Game "Favorite Things"I don't know if Oprah Winfrey plays video games. For all I know she plays Angry Birds while commuting from her estate in California to her apartment in Chicago. Facebook games, at least, seem to be on her radar.

When I was playing Splice, an indie puzzle game born on Steam and now brought to the iPad, I couldn't help but let the game reaffirm how much I love puzzles. And how much I appreciate elegant UI and subtle, soft music. It's probably one of my favorite things. So it stands to reason it should be on the most official list of favorite things I know of: Oprah's.

Splice is all these things. It's also a pretty complicated puzzle game.

You enter a micro-organism of sorts, and splice and mutate the microbes to form a cohesive part. Successfully pulling this off requires a certain level of understanding of the entire structure of the microbe, as well as the parts that form it.

width="500" height="333" allowscriptaccess="always"

Dragging stems of microbes off to be placed in empty placeholders grows to be increasingly difficult. You'll have to splice off legs of the micro-organism in a certain number of strokes to complete each level.

It's a simple game. It starts off easy enough, letting you learn the nature of how splicing works and when it doesn't. It's not fast-paced or actiony. It's calm and even soothing. I feel like I've given my brain a good work out by the end of a set of levels. And, really, we should all keep our brains active. So why not do so with an elegant video game?

Splice [$3.99, iTunes]


Search news
Oct   Sep   Aug   Jul   Jun   May  
Apr   Mar   Feb   Jan  
Archives By Year
2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  
2009   2008   2007   2006   2005  
2004   2003   2002