480027_5Simon Watson recently released a unique and very nice puzzle game called Chromixa. Chromixa takes your basic jigsaw puzzle and adds the element of light mixing to create an interesting new game.

The game carries a simple but effective art style and you are presented with a series of puzzle pieces which must be properly combined. Aside from filling the goal shape, you must also overlap the pieces properly to also achieve the goal color. The game uses mixing properties of real light that should be familiar to some already. Red, Green, and Blue all combine to form White, for example.

Chromixa offers very easy to use touch controls. Dragging pieces allow you to naturally move them into place, while tapping on them allows you to use a circular guide to rotate them to the right angle. There is a nice snap-to-grid functionality so you aren't required to make pixel-perfect rotations.

The developer's gameplay video shows how the game is played:

The game comes with 48 puzzles across easy, medium and difficult categories. Easy is predictably easy, but I wasn't able to breeze through the medium levels. The developer also does a very nice job by adding a few mini-games to prolong playability. These mini-games offer similar color-based tasks to keep you busy when you aren't trying to navigate through the puzzles.

Overall a nice and original puzzle game that should appeal to fans of jigsaw or tangram-like games. The forum thread also has more positive feedback from early adopters of the game.

App Store Link: Chromixa, $1.99

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  • Mark

    This looks like a cute game with lovely sound effects (im a sucker for these) but it reminds me of Cross Fingers - which i have bought and finished - and i really prefer that instead of the look of this. The colours look kind of headache inducing and the gameplay looks almost identical. I really hope cross fingers won't be the next bejeweled with ripoffs coming out every week - having said that i wish this game all the best

  • Mark

    This looks like a cute game with lovely sound effects (im a sucker for these) but it reminds me of Cross Fingers - which i have bought and finished - and i really prefer that instead of the look of this. The colours look kind of headache inducing and the gameplay looks almost identical. I really hope cross fingers won't be the next bejeweled with ripoffs coming out every week - having said that i wish this game all the best

  • Sean

    I've been playing with this for the last few days. I'm a fan of puzzle games generally and having played a few tangram type ones (TanZen originally and Cross Fingers more recently) I like Chromixa the best. I finished Cross Fingers too quickly whilst I'm stil working through this one. It's much more about color mixing than fitting shapes in the right places and feels new. I like the retro style and find it very relaxing to play. As I said in the forum, my girlfriend thinks the puzzles look like works of art. I'm guessing there will be many games copying this one so I recommend checking it out.

  • Sean

    I've been playing with this for the last few days. I'm a fan of puzzle games generally and having played a few tangram type ones (TanZen originally and Cross Fingers more recently) I like Chromixa the best. I finished Cross Fingers too quickly whilst I'm stil working through this one. It's much more about color mixing than fitting shapes in the right places and feels new. I like the retro style and find it very relaxing to play. As I said in the forum, my girlfriend thinks the puzzles look like works of art. I'm guessing there will be many games copying this one so I recommend checking it out.

  • Mike

    Love the idea of using light. Will download

  • Mike

    Love the idea of using light. Will download

  • Simon

    Arn, many thanks for reviewing this. As the developer of Chromixa it's been great to share it with the Touch Arcade community and I've really appreciated all the positive feedback. I'm looking forward to getting the next (free) updates out there.

  • Simon

    Arn, many thanks for reviewing this. As the developer of Chromixa it's been great to share it with the Touch Arcade community and I've really appreciated all the positive feedback. I'm looking forward to getting the next (free) updates out there.

  • Jen

    This is why I love Touch Arcade!!! Discovering cool new games I would never have found. Been playing this for almost 1 hour and adore it. Unique and most satisfying.

  • Jen

    This is why I love Touch Arcade!!! Discovering cool new games I would never have found. Been playing this for almost 1 hour and adore it. Unique and most satisfying.