Vexed

Vexed 2.2

Highly addictive puzzle game for Palm OS

Don't you just hate those long bus journies where you've got nothing to read and your battery has run out on your MP3 player? Personally in these situations I pull out my mobile phone and settle down to a stimulating puzzle game. View full description

PROS

  • Challenging puzzles
  • Loads of levels
  • Choice of block styles
  • Hints and solutions

CONS

  • No multiplayer mode

Very good
8

Don't you just hate those long bus journies where you've got nothing to read and your battery has run out on your MP3 player? Personally in these situations I pull out my mobile phone and settle down to a stimulating puzzle game.

Vexed is just the game for these kind of trips and lives up to its name by providing you with hours of brain-bending fun. The purpose of the game is to clear the board by matching up colored blocks. You can push the blocks from side to side and allow gravity to send them down but you can't move them upwards, which is where your powers of logic are tested to the limit.

Some of the levels are infuriatingly difficult and yet it becomes impossible to stop playing them such is the desire to not let them get the better of you. Even after you've finished a level you're still only a tiny fraction of the way through the game because there are hundreds of levels organised into different 'packs'. Even perusing the names of the levels is entertaining, as each pack has its own theme, from Beatles songs to U.S. cities.

There are quite a few options to play around with, such as customizable block sets, sound effects and scoring. In-game options include solutions, undo, view remaining blocks, and more.

A multiplayer mode would've been a nice addition, but overall Vexed is a brilliant bus boredom buster.

Vexed is a puzzle game in which your goal is to move similar blocks together, which causes them to disappear. Once all the blocks are gone, you've solved the level and you're presented with a new level to solve.

You move blocks by putting the stylus on them and dragging to either the right or left. If an empty space is encountered, "gravity" takes over and the blocks fall towards the bottom. You can move more than one block left or right with a single drag of the stylus. The block move stops on the first block in which an action can occur, or where you ended dragging the stylus.

New with Version 2.1 is a "tap" method of moving blocks in addition to dragging. Use your stylus to tap the block you wish to move. Then tap the open space where you want the block to move to. The destination must be an open space to be valid. The tap method lets you tap on a row different from the block.

The Vexed scoring is based on a golf-like "par" concept. The level pack has a solution stored for each level. If you solve the level in the same number of moves as what is stored in the level pack, you get a score of 0, or par, for that level. Note that the stored solution may not be the most efficient one, so you can beat "par" and have a negative score. The score displayed in the title bar is a cumulative score for the entire level pack. Using the Solution feature adds five to your score.