The premises looked interesting, but as far as puzzle games on the App Store go, I think the price of $2.99 is too high. The other day it was briefly dropped to $1.99, which I still think is too high, but in the interest of science, I bought it.
Unfortunately, the gameplay isn't equally interesting.
First of all, the Exponential in the name is a lie—there's only addition in this game.
You play on a 5x5 grid, and you control the white numbers. You can move them one step at a time, and when you move a number over another number, they are added together.
When you have a number large enough, you can move over a blue number to "conquer" it. When you do that, both numbers disappear. When you've erased all numbers from the grid, you have won.
Some cells are grey, and you can't move over them. So most of the puzzles involve finding the way to move your numbers around the board so that you can merge the right ones.
The later levels have blue numbers in the middle of the grid, separating the white numbers. You need to find out which blue number you can initially conquer, using only white numbers from a single group, so that you can remove it from the board and open up more merging possibilities.
There is the additional goal of solving each level in the optimal number of moves, but unlike other games I've reviewed in the past, it isn't really rewarding, and doesn't add much to the game.
I think the initial idea is a valid one, and a different set of rules might generate intersting and varied puzzles, but as things stand, I cannot recommend this game.
|Saves Partial Progress||✘|
©2013 Nicola Salmoria. Unauthorized use and/or duplication without express and written permission is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicola Salmoria and nontrivialgames.blogspot.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.