Splice : Tree of Life Feels More Like Guesswork Than Real Detective Work

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Splice : Tree of Life

Publisher(s)  Cipher Prime Studios

Platform(s) Reviewed  iPad • Genre(s)  Games • Simulation • Puzzle • Entertainment • Release Date  Aug 30, 2012 • Version Reviewed  1.0.1 • Price (as reviewed)  $3.99

Pros    Beautiful graphics and soothing music.    Cons    The game is confusing and lacks proper instructions, ends up becoming a guessing game.

 

I want to say nice things about Splice, but my initial enthusiasm for the game was met with near total disappointment.

It’s a puzzle game. I love puzzles.
It’s biologically themed. I’m a Biologist.
It should have been the perfect game for me, yet I have almost nothing nice to say about it.

In Splice : Tree of Life, you are given a molecule of some sort and your goal is to splice it into the shape that is outlined in front of you. Sadly, the instructions on how to do this are near impossible to understand and are absolutely minimal (three sentences). As you pull on the pieces, they’ll adjust to where you move them, but if you make the wrong choice, they just bounce back into place where they started.

Splice has gorgeous graphics and animations as well as beautiful soothing piano music, but unfortunately these are about the only positive things I can say about the game.

I’m a whiz at puzzle games and spent a fair amount of time messing around with Splice. Despite a valiant effort, I never figured out exactly how it works. I just kept guessing until I eventually solved each puzzle. Instead of being fun the game was just frustrating.

If all this wasn’t bad enough, this iPad title only orients to one screen direction, and it’s not the way most keyboard cases are turned. Meaning if you have one, you’ll have to remove your iPad any time you want to play Splice.

In Conclusion

In all honesty, all I can say is to save your money. This game is not fun, and not worth your time.

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