reviewed this game on his blog, I commented saying that it is better than Strata because there isn't a mechanical way to solve the puzzles. I couldn't be farther from the truth. More on this later.
The goal in both games is the same: pull colored ribbons over the playing area, in such an order that the color of the top ribbon over each square is a given color. The crucial difference is this: in Strata, you choose the color of the ribbon, and you place it over a whole row/column at once. In Woven, the ribbons have predetermined colors and can be moved one step at a time; also, you can pull ribbons from both sides of each row/column, until they meet in the middle.
For example while solving this puzzle:
The only awkward thing is that to quit a puzzle you need to bring up a menu by double tapping the screen. This is explained in the tutorial, but easily forgotten.
There also appears to be a bug with the finger tracking, because dragging a ribbon across the whole screen doesn't work properly: the ribbon lags behind, moving slower than the finger, so you need two swipes to complete the move. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future update.
There's about 200 puzzles included in the game, about half of which are free. The sizes vary; larger puzzles look like this:
SPOILER ALERT don't read past this line if you want to solve the puzzles yourself.
Since you can move one step at a time, the way to solve these puzzles is to literally weave your way through them, one cell at a time, starting from the corners and going towards the center.
For example let's take this puzzle:
As trivial as that may be, I found the solving process relaxing. This is the kind of puzzles that you can solve semi-mechanically, while thinking about something else. Don't approach this game expecting a challenge, but definitely give it a try: it's free anyway.
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