Quick review of Strata


This puzzle game reminds me of KAMI, but instead of folding different colors of paper, you're dragging colored ribbons across a checkerboard of various colors. The ribbons might not match some squares as you lay them down, but then you can place other ones perpendicular to re-color some of the squares. This creates a patchwork grid of ribbons laying on top of each other - and the top ribbon above each square must match the color of that square.

It has four different board sizes, and because your goal is to align colors properly the larger boards are more difficult. Matching 9 squares properly is obviously much quicker than 36. It's a very logical game though - much moreso than KAMI, which I felt required quite a bit of educated guessing.

In Strata you can actually calculate the proper solution if your guessing isn't getting you the proper solution - and I appreciate that. A puzzle game shouldn't require indefinite trial-and-error. I also appreciate that the seven sets of puzzles are unlocked from the start - so you aren't forced to each puzzle in a specific order (although within each set they do unlock sequentially).

There are plenty of puzzles here to keep you busy - I think 469 total - so definitely check this one out if you enjoy the genre. It's relaxing and very well done.

Synopsis:"If you enjoy games like KAMI then this will be a great addition to your library with over 450 puzzles to keep you engaged."