We all love matching things together. It's a deeply-engrained part of the human psyche, and years of puzzle games have conditioned us into subconsciously making groups of similarly coloured objects wherever we find them.
Zepi is yet another take on the overly familiar genre... but can it provide enough new blood to stand up in the crowded market?
Coloured bubbles are attracted towards a central hub that contains your score and time limit. Simply tapping chains of similarly-coloured spheres causes them to disappear, granting you bonus points for longer and longer matches. These balls don't actually have to be adjacent to each other in order to be popped, but deliver a substantial points multiplyer if they are.
To this end, tapping and holding the screen allows players to rotate the entire assemblage (balls and all) around the central axis. After the time limit hits zero, your score is totted up and you're set to go again.
Openfeint subscribers can sign in to display their best scores for all and sundry, but by and large, self-improvement is more important than any competition.
These engaging mechanics sound incredibly simplistic. Because they are. But these accessible mechanics lend the experience a calm and soothing vibe despite the constantly-depleting time limit.
In case you occasionally tire of staring at the same old balls [work on your phrasing -Ed], Zepi packs three distinct view modes that replace the brightly coloured bubbles with cool, slick spheres or suspiciously-round ladybirds. This is a considerate design touch that we'd love to see in more (and more expensive) apps.
- Immediate addictive gameplay
- Attractive graphics
- Three distinct visual modes
- Arguably a bit shallow
- No difference between game modes
- Scared of ladybugs? Steer clear.
The Short Version: Zepi is fun, casual and perfect as a fun timewasting diversion. To be honest, that's what we usually want from an app.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Price: £0.59 - App Store