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Sponsored Game Review: UnLink

May 16, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: UnLink is a puzzle game for Android that challenges players to separate a group of 3D shapes from each other until there is only one shape left. This sounds easy, but as UnLink is a fully 3D game, you’ll have to move the puzzle, examine it and make sure you’re moving the right piece. Moving the pieces will lower the star rating you’re given each time you complete a level. A simple puzzle game that’s decptively difficult, UnLink is a calming game that puzzle games and casual gamers alike will be able to get into. Take a look at the trailer below and read on to see what we think of it.

How it Works: Once you’ve downloaded UnLink from the Play Store, you can start playing. There are some settings to adjust, but nothing major so you can just go ahead and dive straight in.

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When you do start playing, the game lets you know just what to do and how to play the game.

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The premise is simple, you need to move the pieces apart from each other, being carefully only to move the right pieces, otherwise you’ll affect your overall star rating at the end of each level. You’ll need to move the puzzle around onscreen if you’re hoping to get the best view of which piece to move first.

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As you get further into the levels, things really start to get quite difficult.

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At times, you’ll be wondering where to even start.

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Opinion: A sort of 3D-contained Jenga with a definite solution each and every time, UnLink is a pleasing, and somewhat unique puzzle game. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out whether it was a green piece or an orange piece that I needed to remove first. I wish that there was some sort of penalty for trying incorrectly too many times, but all the game does is take away your star rating. Nevertheless, this is a good-looking cool game that bucks the trend of other puzzle games and offers an interactive way to tackle problems while playing UnLink.

Ratings 

  • Speed (4/5) – UnLink is a speedy game that ran well on my tablet and my phone.
  • Features (4/5) – A solid offering, it’d be nice if there was a better scoring system on offer, but all the right boxes are ticked here.
  • Theme (4/5) – The 3D graphics here weren’t exactly eye-popping or anything, but they look good on high-resolution displays and I had little to complain about.
  • Overall (4/5) – UnLink is a fun puzzle game that blends a lot of different ideas together to form something genuinely interactive and challenging.

Pros

  • Easy enough to pick up and play, without being a breeze throughout.
  • Being able to move the view however you want is a nice touch and makes the game feel truly interactive.
  • Good-looking 3D graphics work well to create an atmosphere.
  • A great workout for your brain, UnLink is an interactive and fun way to move from puzzle-to-puzzle.

Cons

  • Scoring system is a little basic.
  • More colors used for the blocks would help liven things up a little.

Conclusion: UnLink is a sort of new take on Jenga, only one that’s easily played on a mobile device and has a definitive outcome each time you play. Having to figure out which block is the right one to take out first is important and UnLink does a good job to make that initial challenge compelling enough to keep players interested. I had a lot of fun when playing through the levels and while I wish there was a better scoring system, the game has a good difficulty level to it that puzzle fans will enjoy.

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