I’ve been doing game reviews for a while now, and it’s taken me this long to confirm what I’ve always known from the start. I love puzzle games. I’d pick a nice round of Bejeweled or Candy Crush Saga over Temple Run at any given day. So when I found Puzzle Retreat, it was in my phone in a manner of seconds. Again, it was love at first swipe.
Puzzle Retreat is not a match-three game, and you don’t have to blow up or clear items to finish a level. It’s a puzzle in the strictest sense, which has only two rules: fill the blank squares by swiping the blocks in, and use all blocks.
Blocks are placed on the edge of the game board, and can be swiped sideways, up or down. Some blocks have one piece of square, while others have two or more. The blank slots may not always equate to the number of squares in one block, so the challenge is how to fill it all with the way your blocks are placed.
As the game progresses, there will be squares with other qualities, like ones that won’t allow other squares to pass over it, and so on. If you find a puzzle is too hard, you can jump back to the menu and choose another world.
Two worlds are free: Welcome and Morning. The succeeding ones are for purchase from the Play Store. This saddens me, but I guess the quality of the game is worth the price.
If you like spending quiet time with a puzzle, this one’s for you. If not, then carry on and don’t let me interrupt you from running and collecting coins.