Pros: Inexpensive. Interesting. Simple.
Cons: No instruction whatsoever.
Rating: E for everyone
It’s difficult to have a first impression of an app that really gives you no warning – it just launches and you have to follow along. The Klocki app is about as simple as it gets, but don’t let that fool you; it’s addictive.
Klocki has had good reviews in the App Store, and as I can’t yet face giving Pokemon Go a try, I thought I’d download the former to see if it held up under scrutiny.
I love me my puzzles and mathematical problems, and this app falls right into those categories. Something else to recommend it is its price – just $0.99. Pokemon Go may be free, but in-app purchases and data charges will creep up on you like a Bulbasaur. But that’s a story for another time.
How it works
As I mentioned above, the Klocki app starts so suddenly – without warning – that you might wonder if you’ve missed a step. Nope; that’s just the way this game rolls.
The very first screen has what appears to be a domino on it with two lines. You’ll probably prod and poke it for a couple of seconds, and then see that as you tap a side, so it lights up. Tap one, tap the other, and hey-ho, they change positions. Now there is one line that spans both sides and it glows with happiness.
Congratulations! You’ve just made it past the first level.
It takes a while to get used to shifting the tiles’ positions, but you’ll grasp it after a while. Tap one, tap the other, they shift.
As the puzzles become more complicated, you’ll note that if you’ve managed to get a few tiles joined up and in the right place, they emit that happy glow once again. You’ll be glowing yourself, as you’ll know you’re on the right track.
All of a sudden, much like the first time this app launches, you’re faced with completely different looking shapes on the tiles. Where are all the lines? What are these black squares before me?
Klocki is as helpful as ever. It just sits there, waiting for you to learn.
So it seems that this app’s modus operandi is to lull you into a false sense of security and then throw you a curve ball. That’s what keeps it interesting.
When I tried it
I was surprised by the simplicity of this app, and my lazy self came to the fore at the beginning when I hopefully tapped a faded circle in the top left hand corner, wondering if it would give me help. It didn’t. It took me to sound settings and allowed me to toggle between puzzles I had completed.
I thought that I had to swipe in order to switch tiles. I got the tapping thing down pat about three levels in.
Like, perhaps, others who have gone before me, I too thought I was amazing at this app. Even when the new tiles showed up, I found myself flying through the first few levels. It reminded me a bit of an IQ test, and I was clearly a supa-jeenyus.
That didn’t last.
I realized it was more luck than skill that had got me through the new levels, and inevitably things seemed to get exponentially more difficult. Hmmm … this was going to take some time.
Klocki is fun, addictive, challenging and simply designed, all at the same time. It’s also inexpensive and does not require users to go running around trying to find cartoon characters in their back yards. ‘Nuff said.