iPad Interesting new puzzle game — Enso•Dot (Zen is now FREE)

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  1. BrettArchibald

    BrettArchibald Well-Known Member

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    Saw an interesting looking puzzle game recently released, called Enso•Dot — link here:

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=293702718&mt=8

    The idea is to connect the dots in the grid with one continuous line, using the same pattern in the dots shown at the top — so in this example, a repeating pattern of:
    black, white, black, white, white.

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    Apart from being an interesting looking puzzle, although quite simple in its looks, I must say the presentation of it, and the interface and just everything about it looks really polished and professionally done.

    You should have a look at the gameplay video on their website to get a true sense of this:
    http://kiefferbros.com/games/ensodot/overview.php

    Interestingly though, they've also got another game called Enso•Dot Zen which is ⅓ of the price — link here:

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=300286673&mt=8

    I'm assuming it's a cut-down version of the full game, but judging from the screenshots and from the gameplay videos on their website, they appear to be the same, and I can't see what the difference is.

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    Has anyone tried this game out? Got any opinions of it?
    Let us know...
     
  2. diffusion8r

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    Call me whatever you want - the dots are WAY too small. They should be bigger or you'll be straining to see them. And also, with the dots that small, wouldn't it be easy for someone with big fingers to touch the wrong one?

    This is all speculation - actually if someone could explain whether this is the case then feel free to prove me wrong.
     
  3. Selina

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    I have got the original Enso.Dot - it's OK but I found it got too difficult too quickly and stopped being fun. However, this is highly likely to be a function of my own poor spatial awareness rather than any shortcoming of the app itself........ :eek:
     
  4. polyplay

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    I recall being interested in this game way back when it came out. I emailed the devs about the puzzles being randomly-generated. They said there were only a limited number of puzzles.

    It looks kind of interesting, but I don't know if I would want the fun to end. The great thing about PuzzleManiak is that puzzles are generated on the fly and have various difficulty settings. If Enso.Dot had that kind of system, I would get it in a heartbeat.
     
  5. BrettArchibald

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    I *THINK* the screen can be zoomed in on and then scrolled around, judging by this screenshot, which appears to show precisely this...

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    If someone else knows different though, please do say so...
     
  6. BrettArchibald

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    Aah, I thought it was a new release? Dunno why I thought that - can't remember where I saw it, but I emailed myself a link to it from my iPhone over the weekend, and then posted this article this morning...

    I didn't know there was another game that already had this puzzle. Which game in the PuzzleManiak collection is this?
     
  7. polyplay

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    There isn't a version of this in the PuzzleManiak series; I was just sort of lamenting the fact that while there are games out there (the PuzzleManiak series being an example) that randomly generate puzzles, this game doesn't.

    It looks kind of neat, but I'm not sure how much fun I would get out of it if I blaze through most of the levels pretty quickly.
     
  8. BrettArchibald

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    OK, right, I get you... Yeah, for games like this, dynamic randomly-generated layouts are infinitely better (literally and metaphorically) than pre-set, pre-defined layouts.

    I don't know why Enso•Dot doesn't work on the dynamic layout method — there's no technical reason why not to...
     
  9. polyplay

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    Maybe I'm just crazy, but this game has been percolating around in my head ever since I saw the thread and remembered being interested in it a while back. If I remember, one of the versions was only $.99. Maybe I'll get it in a few hours when I'm done with work. The concept just looks too interesting for me to completely pass up.

    But yeah, if they made this a randomly-generating puzzle with various options (grid size, difficulty, etc.) I would gladly drop $5.
     
  10. BrettArchibald

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    Enso•Dot Zen is $0.99. Enso•Dot is $2.99.

    I'm still curious as to what the difference is between the two versions though. I emailed the developer first thing this morning (UK time), when I posted the thread, but have yet not received an answer...
     
  11. polyplay

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    Hmmmm... from the website, it says that Enso•Dot Zen is an "introduction," so I'm assuming there's less content. But I'm not exactly sure what differentiates the two; is Zen just a lite version with only part of the more expensive one, or is it something different (like easier versions of the puzzle)?

    They took a day to respond to me a while back, hopefully they'll be quicker with you.
     
  12. BrettArchibald

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    I got an email from the developer this morning, in which he explains:

     
  13. BrettArchibald

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    Just another quick update...

    Following on from my last email response (posted above), I sent another email to developer, asking:

    To which he replied:

     
  14. spmwinkel

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    So for now nothing new is "coming soon", and the developer also didn't give the assumption that the new pack was going to be randomly drawn.

    So I guess you really have to like the game as-is if you buy it. :)
     
  15. polyplay

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    I'll get the $.99 one momentarily. I'll let you folks know how it goes.
     
  16. polyplay

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    Alright. I've spent some time on Enso•Dot Zen. There are 45 puzzles, and of the ones I've played (the earliest ones, and some of the very last ones), most are pretty easy. If you're going to get the game, I would recommend the more expensive one, although I don't know how many puzzles are in it.

    The game is really pretty; the dots glow when you select them and the background provides a nice contrast. Playing the game is pretty simple. Select a dot, select another dot, and they are connected. Delete a line by selecting the two dots that are the endpoints of the line. You can pan and zoom by using the normal pinch and move controls of the touchscreen.

    Ultimately, I would still love to see this game dynamically generate puzzles using a given set of parameters. But the puzzle is still interesting enough on its own. It was worth $.99.
     

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  17. spmwinkel

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    You say that the game "was" worth the $0,99 as in you've played some of the earlier and later levels, but now will leave it alone. Am I correct in that or am I reading too much into your words?
     
  18. polyplay

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    You're reading too much into my words. ;)

    I was referring to the purchase in the past tense. I'm definitely going to complete the game, but I'm not sure I'm going to get the other version.

    But if you want the game, Zen is probably too easy. If I were you I would spend the extra few bucks and get the bigger version.
     
  19. spmwinkel

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    Hehe okay, thanks for your review. :)
     
  20. idrisguitar

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    im tempted cause it allows you to listne to your music in the game.

    i love games that let you do that.

    however i can see myself getting frustrated an hour or so into the hard levels and never playign it again

    and to be totally honest. for what it is. theres cheaper puzzle games out there (may not be as good looking but you know what i mean)

    although its a totally different game, tanzen is a good example, highly polished, tons of content and only 0.99. games like that makes these less appealing.
     

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