If you are a fan of spatial/geometric logic puzzles, the Android game Amtalee is definitely worth the free download of a lite version, which features eight levels. And for those of you who are big fans of this type of game, I predict a $3.99 “pro” installation of 60 levels within 15 minutes of your first taste.
The premise is simple enough. You’re given control over a three-dimensional yellowish brick measuring (in most cases) 1 X 1 X 2 units. It rests on a platform constructed of varying materials in a two-dimensional pattern consisting of 1 X 1 panels. Your goal is to roll the brick from its starting point into a 1 X 1 hole in the platform. However, you cannot “pick up” or twist the brick, so the constrictive boarders of the platform limit your maneuverability and require some creative abstract thinking in order to establish a set of moves that will result in the brick hitting the exit with its 1 X 1 end. (cont.)
Oh, its easy for the first few levels, but things get complicated quickly. Glass panels are broken when the brick stands up on them rather than laying on its side and many bridges are only 1 unit wide. Some buttons and switches must be hit by the 1 X 1 end of the brick in order to activate bridges. Let half of the brick dangle off the edge of the platform and it will fall into space, leaving you to start the level over.
Gameplay is equal parts addictive, maddening, fun, relaxing, and nerve wracking. The subtle and soothing music droning in the background assists the player in achieving a sort of zone status and makes the game feel cozy. (cont.)
After two months on the Market, Amtalee Lite (free) has 10,000 to 50,000 downloads with 712 ratings and an average score of 4.5 stars. The pro version has the same score, with only 34 ratings and 500 to 1,000 downloads. I think this one deserves a public reminder: Check Amtalee out, and if you love the first eight levels, upgrade!
Embedded below is a gameplay demo by the creator of the app, frosteam. Below that, you’ll find QR codes for download: