Ponos is one of the App Store developers that always gets my attention when they release a new game. Their first title was the underappreciated Puzzle Prism, a 3D-tower take on Tetris. Their followup titles included the enjoyable and original Mr. AahH! and Mr. Space!!.

With Puzzle Cosmos they return to their block dropping roots and have released what can best be described as a cross between Tetris and Lumines.

In Puzzle Cosmos you are presented with dropping square shaped pieces made up of up to 4 different colored blocks. The goal is to match up to 4 different like colors in order to eliminate them from the board. Once a piece falls down, you are able to move it to the left or right on the board. The piece "rolls" along the board changing its orientation (along with the colors it is composed of). Once you are happy with the position, you can drop it into place. If you match up four colors they begin to glow. After a short period of time, those pieces are eliminated from the board. However, you can continue to add like-colored pieces during that small window to build up chains and increase your score.


Throughout the game, the board steadily rises pushing the entire board towards the top of the screen. So, it becomes a fast-paced race to stay ahead by eliminating blocks as quickly as possible.

The game comes with both flick and customizable button controls. I thought the button controls worked perfectly and never bothered switching from the defaults. Global high scores are included as well as 4 different game modes: Standard, Time Attack, Dead Line, and Flash / Rain.

In some ways, I love this game. There were a few people in our forums for which the game never seemed to "click". But for me, the fast paced nature of the game really gave me a frantic Tetris vibe that I hadn't had in a long time. Little design decisions like being able to rotate a block in place when it is up against a tall structure adds some strategy/skill beyond the luck of the drop. That said, this game is hard. Unlocking the additional modes require you to score 50,000 or higher in Standard. I've only been able to hit that score a handful of times, and when I do it seems as much to do with luck of the pieces as it does with my skill as a player. The game just ramps up really quickly, and I'd love to see a more casual mode where you could take your time.

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  • http://chungyen.com Chungyen Chang

    As someone who tried really hard to get people to buy this game, I approve of this. :D Most fun i've had with a puzzler in a long time.

  • http://chungyen.com Chungyen Chang

    As someone who tried really hard to get people to buy this game, I approve of this. :D Most fun i've had with a puzzler in a long time.

  • Booch138

    This game looks like an absolute trip! I'm going to have to let my wife know about this one.

  • Booch138

    This game looks like an absolute trip! I'm going to have to let my wife know about this one.

  • http://www.flowermilk.com Flowermilk

    I feel bad that I have missed that one, especially since I love Mr.Ahhh. I'll pick it up today for sure. Looks beautiful by all means :)

  • http://www.flowermilk.com Flowermilk

    I feel bad that I have missed that one, especially since I love Mr.Ahhh. I'll pick it up today for sure. Looks beautiful by all means :)

  • Joe

    $3.99 for this? That seems way overpriced. I would/will buy it when the price drops.

    • Moose6

      I agree with you there. I would buy it at 99 cents or even $1.99 but nothing more.

  • Joe

    $3.99 for this? That seems way overpriced. I would/will buy it when the price drops.

    • Moose6

      I agree with you there. I would buy it at 99 cents or even $1.99 but nothing more.

  • kevlar

    I agree too, 59p and I'd have jumped in, there's just too many other games to contend with to pay £2.39 for a puzzle game. Seriously,you only have to look at all the games I've bought over the last few weeks to see its overpriced, osmos £1.79, Zenbound 2 £1.79, dark nebula 2 59p, Splode 59p, chopper 2 £1.79.

    • Lenny

      Well said. I'll buy at 99 cents without hesitation as well. But not at it's current price considering there are many puzzle games like it for less.

    • hkiphone

      Funny... I've already bought all those games too! So I guess this is next in line? :P

  • kevlar

    I agree too, 59p and I'd have jumped in, there's just too many other games to contend with to pay £2.39 for a puzzle game. Seriously,you only have to look at all the games I've bought over the last few weeks to see its overpriced, osmos £1.79, Zenbound 2 £1.79, dark nebula 2 59p, Splode 59p, chopper 2 £1.79.

    • Lenny

      Well said. I'll buy at 99 cents without hesitation as well. But not at it's current price considering there are many puzzle games like it for less.

    • hkiphone

      Funny... I've already bought all those games too! So I guess this is next in line? :P

  • Moose6

    To sum it up:

    Price drop would = more buys

    Period.

  • Moose6

    To sum it up:

    Price drop would = more buys

    Period.

  • http://www.flowermilk.com Flowermilk

    Yes it's more expensive than other good games but I'll buy it nonetheless because I want the good small devs to be able to make it.

    • Lenny

      I bought your game Love Battle Princess because it is reasonably priced at $1.99

      More devs, such as PONOS, should learn from you how to price their puzzle games in the App Store!

  • http://www.flowermilk.com Flowermilk

    Yes it's more expensive than other good games but I'll buy it nonetheless because I want the good small devs to be able to make it.

    • Lenny

      I bought your game Love Battle Princess because it is reasonably priced at $1.99

      More devs, such as PONOS, should learn from you how to price their puzzle games in the App Store!

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    I bought it but I don't really like the rotating block aspect. It can be a pain to get the color you want on the correct position on the cube before dropping it.

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    I bought it but I don't really like the rotating block aspect. It can be a pain to get the color you want on the correct position on the cube before dropping it.

  • hkiphone

    Arn, You had me at the second sentence "Their first title was the underappreciated Puzzle Prism..." I loved that game, and I'll support them on this title too. I really had no idea that they released other games.

  • hkiphone

    Arn, You had me at the second sentence "Their first title was the underappreciated Puzzle Prism..." I loved that game, and I'll support them on this title too. I really had no idea that they released other games.