605325Viacheslav Klimov's Alien Glyphs [$0.99] is an interesting new perception/matching game that has you exercising your mind in a surprisingly pressure-filled scenario. This game definitely carries a "how hard could this be?" vibe that is quickly dismissed as you start playing.

The game begins with a board of symbols. At set intervals, a new symbol slides into the top of the screen and your job is to match it with one of the symbols found on the board. Tap off a symbol and the top symbol is eliminated. Another symbol takes its place and so on. If you take too long to match up the symbol, however, the timer will run out and another symbol will appear. Take even longer and the row of symbols will fill eventually up and you lose a life. Three levels of difficulty (Easy, Medium, and Hard) should provide plenty of challenge.

Alien Glyphs tries to spice it up with Power-Ups, Power-Downs, that can be triggered or deactivated by matching quickly enough. However, I found myself too busy looking for matches to really register their presence. The game also offers multiple different skins for the glyphs if the neon red isn't to your liking.

The developer video shows the game in action:

While the game does carry a global high score list, a few factors might affect the value of those scores. Through no real fault of the game, itself, it turns out that high-score cheating is quite easy. Even having just two people playing at once on the same iPhone would give you an enormous advantage.

The other factor is a design decision by the developer. The starting board for each game is not randomized by default. They found that randomly changing the board for each game made the game too difficult. As a result, they have 100 distinct starting sets that can be chosen either manually (or at random, if you prefer). This gives you a chance to keep practicing on the same set over time. This doesn't actually make the as easy as it sounds as different factors can affect the positions of the glyphs in the course of a game.

As a result, the real strength of the game is the individual mental challenge it presents in what is a seemingly simple task. The overall production value of the game and music also make it stand out.

App Store Link: Alien Glyphs, $0.99

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  • Adams Immersive

    I think I have to buy this. I secretly like hidden-picture games, and casual games in general... at least in principle. But I too seldom actually find them fun. This looks fun to me.

    • Adams Immersive

      It is :)

  • Adams Immersive

    I think I have to buy this. I secretly like hidden-picture games, and casual games in general... at least in principle. But I too seldom actually find them fun. This looks fun to me.

    • Adams Immersive

      It is :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Video moves too fast to understand whats going on...

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Video moves too fast to understand whats going on...

  • Ler

    Just for now only positive comments on iTunes page. People are satisfied with polished game, it is only 1.0 version.

  • Ler

    Just for now only positive comments on iTunes page. People are satisfied with polished game, it is only 1.0 version.

  • Luke

    They stole Alienware's logo?

  • Luke

    They stole Alienware's logo?

  • Ian

    Regarding the comment about "high score cheating" - the same could be said of almost any brain game (e.g. Set), game with multi-touch (e.g. Tap Tap), or TD game with an action/twitch component (e.g. Geodefense), so it's not really fair to criticize the "value" of online scores for any game of this nature.

    • arn

      disagree. i bet you'd actually do worse trying to play with more than one person in taptap revenge or geodefense.

      set maybe. but are there even high scores in set?

      arn

      • Ler

        in any way I did not heard that somebody tried to play in such way. May be it's funny. But really good success comes when u play 10 games a day every day. I see one of the player on high scores board reached 47k for two days playing, and I'm shoсked )

  • Ian

    Regarding the comment about "high score cheating" - the same could be said of almost any brain game (e.g. Set), game with multi-touch (e.g. Tap Tap), or TD game with an action/twitch component (e.g. Geodefense), so it's not really fair to criticize the "value" of online scores for any game of this nature.

    • arn

      disagree. i bet you'd actually do worse trying to play with more than one person in taptap revenge or geodefense.

      set maybe. but are there even high scores in set?

      arn

      • Ler

        in any way I did not heard that somebody tried to play in such way. May be it's funny. But really good success comes when u play 10 games a day every day. I see one of the player on high scores board reached 47k for two days playing, and I'm shoсked )

  • Lukeb

    I scored 47k on the same day that I purchased Alien Glyphs. I bought it before 9am yesterday (no work on Wednesdays), played the tutorial, then played medium twice, then played hard a total of 20+ games. I did not know that there are different glyphs sets at the time, so I left it on set #1. Late last night I tried a few games on hard with set #2 and scored only around 10k, showing that it was long term memory that enabled the much higher score for set #1. I've been playing concentration type memory games and symbol/tangram/tetromino games for many years, so Alien Glyphs is more relaxing but still very stimulating.

  • Lukeb

    I scored 47k on the same day that I purchased Alien Glyphs. I bought it before 9am yesterday (no work on Wednesdays), played the tutorial, then played medium twice, then played hard a total of 20+ games. I did not know that there are different glyphs sets at the time, so I left it on set #1. Late last night I tried a few games on hard with set #2 and scored only around 10k, showing that it was long term memory that enabled the much higher score for set #1. I've been playing concentration type memory games and symbol/tangram/tetromino games for many years, so Alien Glyphs is more relaxing but still very stimulating.

  • Chad

    I don't know why people care about the high score on any online game. There's always a hacker or a way to game the mechanics to get an obscene score that can only be matched or beaten by the same or better hack or the same or better exploit.

    Like for example any scrabble rip-off game with a high score (like the Dungeon scrabble game...I forget the name) you can just use an anagram solver and rape everyone else getting words that no one has probably used in 100+ years.

  • Chad

    I don't know why people care about the high score on any online game. There's always a hacker or a way to game the mechanics to get an obscene score that can only be matched or beaten by the same or better hack or the same or better exploit.

    Like for example any scrabble rip-off game with a high score (like the Dungeon scrabble game...I forget the name) you can just use an anagram solver and rape everyone else getting words that no one has probably used in 100+ years.

  • http://www.vklimov.com Ler

    But in Alien Glyphs you can not just use anagram to solve it.
    May be playing in 4 hands?? But I think it is more funny way than competitive.

  • http://www.vklimov.com Ler

    But in Alien Glyphs you can not just use anagram to solve it.
    May be playing in 4 hands?? But I think it is more funny way than competitive.

  • http://www.vklimov.com Ler

    btw, logo for Alien Glyphs was redesigned..
    In update there is also multiplayer mode, new game modes and a loooot of new ...

  • http://www.vklimov.com Ler

    btw, logo for Alien Glyphs was redesigned..
    In update there is also multiplayer mode, new game modes and a loooot of new ...