Tetris Meets Sudoku:Mind Mould game app, published by LAI Global Game Services

Can You Handle This Level of Challenge?

 

Written by Karin E. Skoog


Platforms: iOS (current), Android (anticipated)

Release dates:

Singapore/Taiwan (Soft Launch): 20 June, 2016
Canada/Japan/UK (Soft Launch): 1 Nov. 2016
US: Anticipated (Jan. 2017)

Languages: English, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, Spanish (European), Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian

Genre: Casual puzzle, free-to-play

Price: Free (U.S.)

Developer: Sillywalk Games (website)

Publisher: LAI Global Game Publishing (website)


Overview

Mind Mould is a game for enthusiasts of all casual puzzle games - from Tetris players to Sudoku geniuses. It challenges you to make mental connections and see patterns emerge from a blank canvas.


It is your own thought process and foresight that will be challenged. Never once will you curse the design of the game. After all, that is the mark of a truly great puzzle game - one where you battle your own mind, rather than fight with the game itself.


Mind Mould puzzle

 

Puzzles

Puzzle games can sometimes be a hit or miss, via excessive hand holding or not enough guidance. With Mind Mould, it is immediately clear what the player needs to do.


It may take a couple levels before you learn each piece and how they fit together, but once you do, it becomes Sudoku-esque, where you see patterns start to emerge on a large, blank canvas, causing you to think many moves ahead in order to win.


The game takes place in your mind more than on the actual game board. As the puzzles progress, this happens even more. You mentally start to see many combinations before actually placing the pieces.

 

The beauty of Mind Mould is that the puzzles have an intrinsic reward system - The more you play, the more you see new patterns that help you with future puzzles. These mental connections even grant you the ability to complete older puzzles more effectively.


 

Replayability

Since the pieces are doled out randomly, this adds to the replayability of puzzles. There are multiple ways of completing the same puzzle, which can become a game within itself.


Mind Mould puzzle game

Randomness in games can sometimes feel like the game is purposely setting you up to fail. However, in Mind Mould, the randomness of the pieces never feels unfair, as there are only 5 pieces to cycle through (a whole 2 pieces less than Tetris!).


Like in Candy Crush, you can replay a previous level if you get stuck on your current level.


For those who enjoy the social aspect of casual puzzle games, Mind Mould also integrates Facebook so you can compete against friends for the best scores.

 

 

Mechanics

Arguably the most important part of a solid puzzle game, the mechanics are where Mind Mould shines.


There are 6 types of moves available:

  1. place a piece  
  2. throw away  
  3. rotate  
  4. mirror  
  5. destroy (single or multiple pieces)
  6. undo

 

You can see your current puzzle piece, the next puzzle piece, and if you accidentally place a piece you didn’t intend, you can simply undo. This element can actually be used as a tactic to see one step farther into the future.


Since there is no penalty for undoing the most recently played piece, it provides an advantage, allowing you to see three whole pieces at once before evaluating what you would like to do.


In addition, you can destroy pieces you know you won’t need, and if you make a mistake, you can blast away older pieces with rockets (which is satisfying in and of itself!).


Mind Mould game character   Mind Mould mobile puzzle game, iPhone & iPad

 

You can see these mechanics in action in this gameplay trailer:

 

  

Difficulty

The game’s difficulty escalates at a manageable rate, starting out with a limited space and opening up to a much larger space.


Mind Mould puzzle, level 1   Mind Mould triangle puzzle


It may seem daunting at first to get so much space to place pieces, but it isn’t long before you are evaluating moves and minimizing the number of turns it takes to complete a level.

 

Achievements

Mind Mould has an interesting achievement system. The first item I won was a pet named Bravo. At first, I didn’t know if it served any purpose beyond a trophy in my inventory, but as I

Mind Mould pet achievement, Bravoprogressed further into the game, it ended up being a nice addition to get a fun little quote from “waking up” these various pets and adding them to my collection.

 

The pet system adds a little something extra to unlocking achievements.

 

 

Monetization Model (F2P)

The free-to-play model is sometimes abused (especially on mobile platforms), making players quick to uninstall games because there is no way of playing without spending money.


However, with Mind Mould, free-to-play is implemented in a way where gameplay isn’t inhibitedYou begin the game with a good number of rockets and can win some back later, via the daily wheel spin. As long as you play strategically (and/or utilize your rechargeable lives), you can easily play through the game without spending a single cent.

 

There is a degree of freedom with these prizes, as you may also win coins that allow you to recharge lives, buy items, etc.


Mind Mould mobile iPhone/iPad game, daily wheel spin

 

Story

While a casual puzzle game doesn’t necessarily require a story, Mind Mould’s intro video serves as a nice transition into the game.


Plus, the pets you win along the way reveal more about the world of Mouldia, its past, and the goddess that protects the world and aids you along the way.


View the intro video below:


 

Sound/Music

The good news is that the background music won’t get stuck in your head after you finish playing for the day. While it probably isn’t something you’ll sing along with, if you do, tweet us @LanguageAutoInc - we would love to hear your rendition!


The music reinforces the mysterious theme of the world and its impending destruction if you don’t save it.

 

Conclusion

Mind Mould is a great puzzle game to play on-the-go or while you’re relaxing at home. It is a game that requires a certain degree of thought and strategy, so if you’re a fan of games like Sudoku, Tetris, or even logic puzzles, Mind Mould is a game for you!


You have nothing to lose either since it’s free to play! Give it a try, tell your friends/parents about it, and let us know what you think (@laiglobalgame).

 


Disclosure: This page was written by an affiliate of Mind Mould’s publishing company, but we wouldn’t have published the game if we didn’t think it was worth your time!


Date Published: July 1, 2016

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android (anticipated)

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