Thursday, October 3, 2013

Quick Look: Double Dynamo: A Matching & Rhythm Game for iPhone and iPad

Double Dynamo is not a logic puzzle, but the mechanics of this action/memory/rhythm game are nontrivial enough, and tickles the right parts of my brain, so it's worth a mention.

The best way to explain the game is the official trailer:
As you can see, the game boils down to tapping a button when the objects in the boxes match. There are two things that make this tricky:

  1. you often need to look at two different attributes (e.g. pattern and color) and tap the corresponding button (or both)
  2. as the objects scroll across the screen, they are covered before passing through the second box, so you have to remember what they were.
The second thing in particular becomes very difficult as more and more objects are covered, requiring you to remember the previous N objects, and adjusting your memory as the objects scroll by.

I'm not sure if this is the kind of ability that's useful in real life, but it definitely improves with training, and you will need to, because the game gets increasingly harder as levels go by.

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