This may be my last review here at TouchMyApps. I don’t know if I need to play any other game again. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to write as simple a review as this. Basically, all I’m going to tell you is that you must get this game, you need this game, there is no excuse to not get this game. It is BY FAR the best game on the iDevice to date. No questions in my humble opinion, and no competition. It may in fact be one of the best games I have ever played!!!
Let me get this out of the way. I do not work for Chillingo, and I do not work for Secret Exit. I have nothing to do with them, other than reviewing this absolutely amaZEN game (I’ll stop with the ZEN now).
“Zen Bound is a calm and meditative puzzle game about wrapping wooden sculptures with rope. A game in which a high score is not the goal – instead it is something to focus on and enjoy at your own relaxed pace.
Zen Bound is different – an alternative and subtle gaming experience that is difficult to describe. But in its own small way, it defines what gaming on the iPhone can be”
This game delivers in every way. What you see is what you get. In essence, this game is only about wrapping rope around various objects. But it’s also so much more than that.
The object is to wrap as much of the object’s surface with your rope, which in turn paints it with a certain color. I’ve read this line a few times and think to myself “self, that sounds rather boring”. There is no way to convey the beauty and simplicity of this game. It’s like nothing I have ever played before. In fact, if someone told me they were going to make a game about wrapping rope around objects, I would have given them the number to the nearest psychiatric ward to get their head checked.
I apologize for this review as I just want to keep using the word beautiful. From the Tree of Reflection to the Tree of Challenge (the 2 choices for levels, each with their own objects), everything you find in this game is of the highest quality. I guess now is a good time to add the word polished. Zen Bound spared no expense on providing what is easily the best looking game in the app store today. Each level is separated on the tree’s branch and a flower blooms upon completion. You can achieve up to 3 flowers for each level, depending on the percentage of the object that was wrapped. Having 99% of the object wrapped, gives you the maximum 3 flowers.
There are currently 51 levels to play through, and each and every one is a wonderful experience. Each level and object is simply beautiful (sorry for using that word again), and the controls are absolutely perfect for the iDevice. The game suggests you use headphones when playing and once you’ve listened to that soundtrack (which you can also download for free by the way), and the sounds of the rope being pulled, you realize you’re playing with art. My wife may be surprised to read this, but I’m at a loss of words to describe the pure enjoyment I’ve had playing this game.
Honestly, I know I’m gushing like a little school boy over this game. It’s not too often I ever feel this excited or amazed by a game. Sure, some games are great and lots of fun, and I’ve played my share…but few are outstanding. This game has already won a few awards, and rightfully so. Even as I write this review, I do so with a huge smile on my face, knowing that I’ve just experienced an incredible game. I don’t feel there is anything I can say that does justice to the sheer beauty, artistry and experience of playing Zen Bound.
To say I Kiss this app is the understatement of the year. Thank you for being one of the most original and beautiful games I have ever played. *wipes tear from eye, and goes back to playing Zen Bound*
|Title:||Zen Bound (v1.0)||Developer:||Secret Exit (Published by Chillingo)|
|Price:||$4.99||App Size:||37.8 mb|
Are you seriously still reading this review??? You honestly haven’t tried the game yet???