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Developer: Vertical Reach

Publisher: Vertical Reach

  • Price: $7.99
  • Release Date: Jul 5, 2018
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: -
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  • ESRB Rating: E [Everyone]
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  • Your challenge in the game is to clear the various colored Yuso (that’s the name of the cute little smiley circles you’re dealing with) from the screen. The trick is that there are rules that dictate how you can do this. Only Yuso with another of the same color above or beside them can be activated, and then any same-colored Yuso in the immediate area in any direction (in this case including diagonals) will be removed and any that had a different color will be changed. Though this is a simple and humble beginning multiple variations on Yuso will continue to be added, layering new rules and additional complications into the mix. Even as simple as this may sound on a general level the design of some of the puzzles can play out pretty diabolically. The sequence of events makes all the difference so even though you may think you immediately see a path to victory you’ll find that a few stray Yuso are still on your screen, making you go back to the drawing board and rethink your strategy. Fortunately, if your problem was just from a few moves back you're able to rewind each step you took to get back to where you felt like you were on the right track. Since, even with this, it can be easy to get aggravated and feel stumped a great feature it has is that you’ll unlock new planets before you’ve even finished the one you’re on. This makes it easy to jump to another puzzle and return to one you’d found too tough later. It’s a nice touch that’s appreciated. As a whole Yuso has a very cute and clean look that pairs up well with its tough puzzle goodness. What makes it work so well are the multiple layers of Yuso types, the rules that govern them, and the tricky way many of the puzzles have been crafted. Even ones that can appear to be simple can hide gotchas in how you’ll need to execute them to be successful. About the only caveat I would offer is that there’s nothing that clearly makes the Switch necessary for this experience, it would likely even scale down well onto a mobile phone and look good given its very clean look. That said, if the Switch is your preferred platform for puzzling it’s another very different option for your library.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Nindie Choice! [8.0]

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