Have you ever seen those optical illusion puzzles where you can raed mpslilseed wrdos as lnog as the fsrit and lsat ltertes are in the rgiht pcale? If so, and you can read the last sentence, then you’re prepared for the new game Alpha Omega, from the makers of har•mo•ny. Alpha Omega is a challenging word puzzle game that offers crossword style puzzles, in which you need to rearrange the letters to form words. Each of the 360 levels gives you a set of words that have one theme to help you identify each word.
Alpha Omega takes an intriguing concept, and applies it to a compelling progression of levels. It’s great to see a solution come together, and it’s always surprising how many words your mind can decipher by unscrambling the given puzzle. As you advance, there will be fewer letters locked in, requiring you to think that much more. One of the main challenges comes in finding the letter where two words cross, but once you do, the theme starts to take shape. Later levels also hide the theme, and there’s a bit of Wheel of Fortune in trying to identify the blanks in the theme.
One of the best parts of Alpha Omega is that it delivers a brain teasing challenge in a relatively methodical set-up without time constraints. It’s easy to just focus on each given puzzle, and then string together a number of levels in a row. You also can unlock new color themes as you move through the level pack that are laid out based on the Greek alphabet. Everything is finely polished as you would expect from the makers of har•mo•ny, and that lets you simply enjoy the compelling puzzle mechanic. There are occasional interface hiccups, in which the game confuses pinching with tapping on letters to swap, but that’s the only problem we found.
Alpha Omega ($0.99, Universal) is a finely crafted puzzle experience that delivers engagement and enjoyment making it a msut hvae.