It's been a crazy two weeks at TouchArcade. Coverage of E3 and WWDC have dominated our news stories, leaving little room for app discovery. As WWDC is starting to wind down, I thought I'd share a gem of a game that I found myself playing the most during my long plane flight to E3 last week.
PathPix [$1.99] by Kris Pixton is a simple puzzle game that has you drawing lines to connect numbers. The iPhone version of the game is based on the PC version of the same name but also resembles Link-a-Pix (Web) and Pic Pic's Drawing mode (Nintendo DS). A simple version of the game can be played here using your mouse. The rules are simple:
Draw paths with your finger, connecting pairs of colored numbers. The length of each path must match the numbers on the two endpoints. Draw backwards or double tap to correct mistakes. There's only one way to do it, and all squares will contain a piece of a path when the puzzle is solved.
Once you complete the board, you are rewarded with a final image that was created using the lines you connected. PathPix comes with 144 levels in all.
If you're thinking to yourself "that's it"? Well, I suppose it is. While the early levels will only take you a little time to complete, the later levels can be pretty massive. The game does get difficult in the larger levels as you will find with multiple connecting possibilities for each number. This may require some backtracking and mental planning. What I enjoyed most about the game, however, was the somewhat mindless process I could use to quickly fill in obvious lines and proceed to systematically fill in the rest. It was easy to lose myself in the game and it was particularly satisfying when I did complete a level.
For only $1.99 and 144 levels, this game comes highly recommended. I did have a few minor quibbles with the interface of the game, but nothing that really interfered with my overall enjoyment.
App Store Link: PathPix, $1.99