Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, is the creator of Sometimes You Die ($1.99), a minimalist platformer that turned out to be much more than it appeared on the surface and through clever platforming mechanics it also delivers commentary on the genre itself, video games as a whole, and even life as we know it. It’s a very powerful and thought-provoking experience. He also made Pancake – The Game (Free), a game about flipping pancakes. It should say a lot that both of those titles, while spanning a wide gap of what people expect a game to be, are among my favorites on iOS, and Kamibox has consistently put out highly playable and interesting games for years now. The latest is called Squaredance (Free), which arrived yesterday and is a minimalist puzzler that uses a swipe-the-whole-board-at-once mechanic similar to Threes! ($5.99). This isn’t a high score chaser though, as each level has a different board shape which makes your goal of combining all like-colored squares in order to remove them that much more difficult.
Speaking of difficult, I got stuck on one of the tutorial levels. Yeah… I’m not so smart I guess. It’s that good kind of stuck though, where you just try a billion times over and over and when you finally crack it it’s the most satisfying feeling in the world. Or you could take the easy way out and watch an ad for a hint. It’s ok, I won’t judge you, you weak-willed human. With more than 100 levels to solve, Squaredance is the kind of game that makes you want to punch yourself in the face, but in a good way. That’s not all though, as for a 99¢ in-app purchase you can unlock a level editor which will allow you to create and share levels until you’re blue in the face, basically giving this game endless replay value. If you enjoy challenging puzzle games or any of Kamibox’s previous offerings, I’d heartily recommend checking out Squaredance, and swiping yourself over to the forums to discuss the game further.