I really enjoy playing this game. It's pretty much: Rotate cube and "wrap" it with colored paper. The goal is to wrap the entire cube with paper and not to have any pieces left over. There is a small cube on the top to guide you on where the colors need to be placed. Some levels require some logic to figure out how to cover the cube and others are pretty simple. There are also some basic instructions as you play and new ways to fill up the cube pop up. There are four seasons with 12 levels in each.
Now, I think there's a reason this game is called "Zen" and why the sounds (though nice) aren't very annoying. You'll need patience and a bit of calm to do this game. And not because of the thinking. The controls are the main reason I couldn't give this game five stars, though I thoroughly enjoyed it. You use your finger to Swipe (up/down and left/right) to switch the cube side. You also use two fingers to press and swipe (the right one goes up and the left goes down in an curve--or vice versa, depending on what direction you want it to go). Now, on my kindle fire, the controls were a bit difficult to use, as the cube wouldn't always respond correctly and it would do something different (like instead of flipping the cube, it would just move the cube like I had swiped it). I think adding buttons for flip/rotate would make the game a lot more "calming".
Overall, though I enjoyed the game, I did think this game was overly too easy--just finished spring and summer in probably almost 30 minutes total. I still have to do fall and winter (as each season unlocks as soon as you complete the previous season), so I'll update this if they are harder for me. So far, though, I'm not too challenged. The price of $1 is very good for this game. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes logic puzzles.
*Update - I'm downgrading from 4 to 3 because the more complicated it gets, the harder it is to control. Today I completed the puzzle - Winter 1 or 2 - but it told me it wasn't complete. I found out that a piece had come off but it was stuck BEHIND the cube and I couldn't get to it at all!*
*Suzyq - I left a reply to your question but you might not be able to see comments unless you are reading from a PC browser. Anyway, in case you still haven't solved it, you use the two-square rectangular piece to cover two surfaces. I had a lot of trouble with this one too and was about to ask for help!*
I really like the way this game looks but have been very frustrated by the way it works at times. As others have mentioned, the controls can be very touchy. It's easy to turn the cube but the two-fingered rotation can be next to impossible. It works if you place your two fingers outside of the cube but there's very little room to do that. A little more space around the cube would help solve this problem. I usually give up trying to rotate the cube and just keep turning it to get to the orientation I need.
When I first started this game I couldn't get it to work at all for a while because I didn't understand that in order to place the piece of "paper" you have to orient the cube so that the surface on which you place it is directly facing you. Once you've figured it out, it's fairly simple for a while, but gets increasingly difficult when you have to wrap several surface at a time by "stretching" and "folding" one piece of paper.You have to orient your cube so that all the surfaces that you are wrapping are facing you directly. It's even more challenging when the translucent colors are introduced.
You can't turn the pieces of paper to fit the cube, you have to turn the cube to match the paper. Getting the orientation exactly right is challenging in itself but also, as others have mentioned, if you touch it incorrectly, you can end up dislodging a piece of paper that you had so painstakingly placed.
There are also the occasional bugs where the paper comes off the cube accidentally or intentionally but won't go back to the tray. You can't turn the cube while the paper is out of the tray so if it's not oriented correctly when the paper gets dislodged you can't get it back on the cube!
The controls need to be improved and the bugs worked out to make it a five-star game. One design change I'd like to see is that once you have completed the wrapping, it would be nice to have a chance to look at your completed cube. Now, when you finish, the cube spins and the menu pops up on top of it, so after all that work you don't have a chance to admire the results of your hard work!
***REWRITTEN REVIEW*** I had initially downgraded this game for failing to save my progress. This problem has NOT repeated itself, however, so I will pretend it never happened. This game is a winner.
There appear to be four 'seasons' offering twelve levels each. You are given a partially painted cube, and some flat colored shapes('nets' to math heads, I'll use the abbreviation FCS). You are also given an image of the targeted result, the final appearance of the colored cube. The objective is to place the FCS on the cube so its appearance matches the target image.
You can easily spin the cube on two (up/down & left/right) of three axes. The targeted image spins in an identical manner showing the impact of your moves to that point. The game states that you can also rotate the cube on its third axis (clockwise/counter-clockwise), but many of the reviews point out that this rotation seems buggy; I would generally agree. Fortunately, you can work around a rotation with a combination of up/down & left/right. It makes the game a little more difficult than intended, but the game is still excellent.
********** credit EZSEEK with finding a decent workaround to the rotation problem "When (twisting the screen), this is the key: put your two finger as one as you first touch the screen, then spread your fingers apart, then twist!. Do this on a blank spot so you don't pull the other colores, etc, off the cube." **********
I've made it through the first two seasons and 10/12 of the third. The difficulty starts out very easy, but ramps up quickly. A glimpse of my next puzzle convinced me I needed a break.
In the beginning, the games asked only to place the FCS on the visible face(s) of the cube. You are given a set of FCS that EXACTLY matches the solution's need. Just as I began to feel competent, the game diabolically introduced the need to overlap translucent red/blue/yellow FCS to create the required violet/green/orange/'dark' colors. This greatly added to the complexity of the task and pushed the game into the five star level.
Overall, this is a nice-looking game demanding different wiring from your brain. I've enjoyed playing something that feels NEW. Sorry I didn't get a good review finished while it was the FAOTD, but at 99¢ it is well worth the low price.