Tappingo 2 (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Andrew 19.02.2016

Review for Tappingo 2 on Nintendo 3DS

Tappingo 2 is a puzzle game, very much like its predecessor. The premise is pretty simple: each puzzle consists of blocks with numbers on. Swipe a block and a line comes out in the direction swiped, continuing until it hits another line or block. Swipe the blocks in the correct direction and order, and the puzzle will be completed and a pretty picture will have been made. It's a similar concept to picross (also known as hanji). Like the best of the genre, this is a fairly simple concept, and the core mechanics can be easily understood within a minute or so of play.

Over 100 levels are featured here, with each puzzle taking a few minutes to complete. That may sound like plenty to keep an individual entertained, but the levels breeze by, with the main reason being the fact that they are generally too easy. A classic puzzler should take gamers on a journey from easy for beginners, to challenging as well as rewarding, and, finally, to rip-your-hair-out frustrating, creating a pleasing sense of completion along the way.

Screenshot for Tappingo 2 on Nintendo 3DS

Tappingo 2 fails to do this. Whilst the puzzles do get larger as the game progresses, that increased complexity never really manifests itself into a higher difficulty, with larger levels just giving more options of things to do. In addition, when mistakes are made, they are usually relatively easy to correct, and, as such, completing a stage feels more like an exercise in box ticking exercise rather than an achievement. That's not to say that the process is not enjoyable, just that it's more of a relaxing than gratifying experience.

This feeling shows itself in other ways too, from the calming music to the pleasant and inoffensive puzzle pictures. This general atmosphere also means that there's no real desire to replay completed levels. Whilst times are recorded, and the option to try to improve a completion time is there, there is no reward for doing so. Overall, everything feels a little too simple, and something extra is needed to add a bit more value to the proceedings, whether that is a new gameplay mechanic, more difficult puzzles, or something more simple like a time limit.

Screenshot for Tappingo 2 on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Tappingo 2 is a relaxing and enjoyable puzzler, but it suffers from a difficulty level that doesn't ramp up. Besides that, it can be completed rather quickly, and there is little incentive to replay levels. Having said that, the core concept is sound and easily understood, and those wanting to avoid stress and frustrating challenges will feel right at home.

Developer

Goodbye Galaxy Games

Publisher

Goodbye Galaxy Games

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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