The Lost Shapes is a puzzle game that lets you play in two modes: make as many completed free form shapes as possible or complete the assigned shapes.
There is a little bit of a back story to introduce you to the game’s emcee, Willow (no, not Uffgood…). The shapes are timeless and hold mystical powers, and you are playing as an initiate to the order, etc.
There are the ubiquitous in game purchases available as well. You can buy “bombs” and “freezes” to help you in game play, or you can purchase the “secrets hidden in the book, and what terrible fate awaits Willow (contains 30 new levels)”.
How does it work?
Each version uses a game board with a 10 x 8 grid on which you place your tiles. Connect the lines of the tiles to form a closed shape and those tiles disappear. Placing the tile at the bottom of the queue is accomplished by tapping the location where you want to place that tile. If there is already a tile on that square, then the tiles will swap places (the tile that was on the board first will jump to the bottom of the queue).
If you are playing the free form side, clearing tiles lets you create more shapes to clear more tiles to make room for more shapes (I think you get the picture). The “build this shape” side will assign you a shape to create by placing tiles on the glowing outline of the desired shape. In both versions, there is a queue of tiles that stack up on the left. You need to place the tiles on the board quickly enough to prevent the tile queue from reaching the top of the screen, at which point you lose. As you complete shapes, you can advance levels.
The tiles are a limited set of straight line segments and arcs. There are four corners, vertical, horizontal, paired corners and crossed lines. As you advance, the game will add tiles that include icons that represent the sun, moon, and stars. This is where the game starts to get particular, as well; you can’t create a closed shape that mixes the icon types. If you need to complete a shape with sun icons in it, you cannot include a moon, etc. Bear in mind you can’t turn the tiles; you can only place them on the game board, so watch which way the lines are oriented.
Is it contagious?
The Lost Shapes is fun and engaging, but I’m sorry to say I can’t recommend it just yet. I completed level 4.1 on the “make what you see” side and the game crashed six consecutive times. The first five were on the same day with a clean-out of the app queue after the second crash. The sixth crash happening the next day.
If this glitch gets fixed (currently at v1.0.3), I’m sure The Lost Shapes can be fun, but I’ll pass for now.