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Taijitu review: is this perfection?

Taijitu review: is this perfection?

| March 7, 2014

Taijitu review: is this perfection?

Every once and awhile a game comes up that is almost impossible to write about. This iOS puzzler Taijitu by Malaysia-based game developer Squrce is one of those games.

Taijitu describes itself as a puzzle game “inspired by [the] Chinese mythology [of] Yin and Yang.” I would describe it as a very pleasant acid trip. But however you want to describe it, Taijitu is a very interesting game.

 

A puzzler with style

Taijitu is a balance game, but instead of balancing weights, shapes or numbers, you balance colors. The game divides the screen into two sections via a white line, and requires you to rotate colored shapes or swap colored circle so that the colors are equally distributed on both sides.

Like all puzzle games, Taijitu starts off simply. I was able to solve most of the early stages without any thought, but within an hour, Taijitu demanded my full attention.

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What sets Taijitu apart from other puzzle games is that there is no way to fail, and there is no scoring system. This is not a game for competitive play, this is a game that you play for the experience. At the end of every level, you are rewarded with a self-affirming “Hao!” (Mandarin Chinese for “good”) or a “prefect!” (I suspect it was supposed to be “perfect”). That’s all the reward you are going to get, but more importantly, it’s all you need.

Taijitu is just beautiful.

Taijitu is a game about experience. Yes it’s a puzzler, but it’s also so much more. It’s beautiful. The colors in this game have wonderful contrast, and yet blend together perfectly. A rotated shape looks completely different depending on the colors around it. All this takes place on a slowly moving background which shifts and pulses as you play.

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So pretty.

What’s even better is the music; the game has an ambient soundtrack which changes as you play. Moving shapes creates noise; nothing loud or intrusive, but it connects you with the game on an audible level.

The effect is hypnotic. I found myself slipping into a trancelike state and allowing my mind to fill with colors, shapes, and music. It was simultaneously challenging and relaxing, an odd combination to say the least. Taijitu is more like interactive art than any iOS game I have played before.

Should you buy it?

Yes. I rarely say this with no other comment, but yes, you should. If you love beautiful things and you love games then you should throw down $0.99 and give this game the support it deserves. Taijitu is perfect. It’s not frustrating, it’s not boring, and it never becomes a chore. The only negative thing I can think of is a single spelling mistake.

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Download this game, put on a good pair of headphones and let the world disappear for a while.

Taijitu can be download from the App Store for $0.99. Do it!

Review Overview

Gameplay (Max 4)
3.5
Graphics (Max 2.5)
2.5
Sound (Max 1.5)
1.5
Content (Max 2)
2
9.5

Beautiful

The Good: It looks good, sounds good and feels good. What more can anyone ask for?

The Bad: "Perfect" is spelt wrong. That's all I can think of!

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