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Splice, a rubik's cube styled puzzle game for your Windows Phone

Splice

Splice is a trying little game for our Windows Phones. Splice is a rubik cube styled puzzle game (just in 2D) that has you maneuvering puzzle pieces around to connect two arrows of the same color with the puzzle piece segments.

There are over ninety-five levels of play with three degrees of difficulty. Splice starts out almost too easy but after the first few levels, the game begins to really test your concentration.

The main menu for Splice has options to jump into game play, access the settings, check in on the leaderboard, and view the credits. Splice's settings cover sound/music on or off and adding your screen name for the leaderboard.

The game board is a collection of puzzle pieces arranged in cube fashion. Puzzle pieces are labeled with various sections of pipes or lines that are used to connect the matching colored arrows that line up around the game board.

Splice

Depending on the level of difficulty the game board ranges in size from 3x3 to 4x4 to 5x5. Pieces can be moved into position by shifting the rows and columns horizontally or vertically.  Just remember as you move a row or column every piece in that row or column are effected.

The levels are unlocked progressively and start out a little on the easy side. Around level five, things begin to get a little challenging with multiple pairs of arrows that have to be connected and more pipe pieces to deal with.

All in all, Splice is a fairly enjoyable game that can be a little on the intricate side. The only downside side to Splice, asides from being stumped by some of the levels, is that the screen sensitivity seemed to be a little stubborn. There were times a rubber mallet wouldn't move the rows or columns. It's not enough to pull your hair out but can be a little frustrating when you're one move away from solving the puzzle.

Still, Splice is a decent puzzle game to give a try. There are two versions of Splice available in the Windows Phone Store. You have an ad-supported free version, Splice Free, that you can find here in the Store (left QR Code). Then there is Splice that is ad-free that is running $.99 that you can find here in the Store (right QR Code).

QR: Splice Free and Splice

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Pontifex says:

Nice challenging game!
My own game was published today! I wish WPCentral will make an article about it soon 
Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://bit.ly/19CfEYN

Does your game only support WP8 or have you not published it in some regions. Couldn't check on my 820, its out of juice and I am on the move, so checked it on my 800 and shows not available.

Pontifex says:

Yes sorry I made it with GameMaker Studio which is WP8 only. It's a shame because many of my WP friends only have WP7 but I had no choice.

Milk21 says:

No trial? Apologies, but 98% of my purchases come from a trial....
Edit: Talking about the posters game not the one from the review

Pontifex says:

Yeah I'm aware of that but I made it with GameMaker Studio and that feature is not ready yet so I can't make a trial. However a free version will be released soon. It's a stand-alone app unfortunately :(

Milk21 says:

@ponifex, nice work one on the speed of reply coupled with legit answer! Sorry wasn't aware of that sort of restriction.. Fair play, nothing to see here.......

Hi. Can you please publish your game here in the Brazilian WP Store?? You can use PEGI or ESRB certificate to publish in here. I can help.

Pontifex says:

Thanks for letting me know! I have just send a bug fix to MS where I added Brazil :)

silentshot says:

Love the retro C64 style graphics. Good luck with the game.

sholokov says:

R is always capitalized in Rubik's cube.

schlubadub says:

True, and it's always "Rubik's cube" not a "rubik cube".

schlubadub says:

It's not quite the same but for some reason it reminds me of people who incorrectly say "Legos" as the plural of Lego :P It's like saying "sheeps" haha

out0fplace says:

George, what exactly does "fik" stand for? :D

schlubadub says:

This game is very buggy... As mentioned in the article, it stops responding to input but frustratingly only some rows at certain times. So I could slide a row horizontally but not vertically, or only slide them in one direction. This was only around level 5 or 6 and really discourages me to keep playing. Hopefully it'll be fixed soon