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App description: Puzzle Bonsai is a fresh and relaxing puzzle game where you take on the challenge of combining parts of the puzzle tree to form a correct equation. An excellent way to keep your thinking nimble every day of the year!

Features:

- Three different modes of play, words, numbers and shapes, each offering a unique challenge for different parts of your brain
- Easy, medium and hard difficulty levels with ten levels each combine to a total of 90 challenging levels
- Daily Puzzle mode, featuring new puzzles for every day of the year
- Visually compelling, animated, bonsai trees for every level to keep your mind in zen while you work on solving puzzles
- Relaxing oriental soundtrack and support for user selected custom music
- Game Center support

Reviews:

"Puzzle Bonsai is an excellent puzzle game. I really like how the entire game as a whole is presented to you and even though the puzzles can be really challenging, because of how mellow the game is and the music, you never really feel stressed out playing it." - The Gamer With Kids

"Excellent multi-mode puzzle that really demands your full concentration." "83/100" - Arcadelife

"the soothing graphics and music make this game a lot less stressful than math class" - Slide To Play

gimblll's comments:


Hi all,

I'm new to this forum, so I don't know how many puzzle gaming fans lurk around here, but I just got my first iOS title released (wohoo!) and thought it might be of interest to some. It's a simple puzzle game with lots of levels to play with.

If anyone tries it, I'd be interested in getting some feedback.

Thanks!


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01-12-2012, 09:15 AM
#2
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 109
Replying to my own post, sorry.

Just wanted to let people know that I uploaded a Flash version of a part of the game to Kongregate just now (only the numbers mode, and a reduced level set though), if someone at their computers want to give it a shot. Obviously wont work with iDevices, because they don't do Flash.

http://www.kongregate.com/games/gimb...bonsai-numbers

02-16-2012, 01:45 AM
#3
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 109
<removed dead link to the free version, which is not available anymore (as it wasn't a good representation of the game in the end)>

Last edited by gimblll; 04-06-2013 at 10:13 AM. Reason: (removed dead link)
03-01-2012, 12:48 PM
#4
Joined: Apr 2011
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 3,585
Game Impressions

I left this well deserved 5 star review for the full version on the app store:

This very polished puzzle app offers great variety with separate categories of puzzles involving words, numbers and shapes. The puzzle types are tied together using the concept of operators, which are placed by the user at intersecting branches of the bonsai tree to evaluate 2 elements together. The object of each puzzle is to select the various operators and provide the expected solution at the base of the tree.

The game provides puzzles at easy, medium and hard difficulty levels. The easy level provides a good introduction for how to use the operators, but many of these puzzles will still make you think. By the time I got into the medium level puzzles, in many cases I was very challenged. Hard puzzles will most likely make your brain hurt! If that is not enough, the developer is providing daily puzzles for us to solve. This ensures I will be enjoying this app for a long time.

The game has wonderful graphics and sound support to go with the outstanding puzzles. I noticed a lot of attention to detail too. For instance, you can see your Game Center ID in the credits as long as you are logged in to Game Center. Also, at the main and level select screens, if you touch an area around the bonsai tree, the branches will sway in the direction of your touch.

If you enjoy elegant puzzle games, look no further then Puzzle Bonsai.

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03-02-2012, 12:25 AM
#5
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 109
Thanks a lot for the kind review, I appreciate it!
03-02-2012, 01:00 AM
#6
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,443
Game Impressions

Puzzle Bonzai is a lovingly crafted and beautifully rendered game with wonderfully subtle and organic animation, which is coupled with a calming and thematically rich instrumental soundtrack. The gameplay itself stimulates the deepest parts of your mind and on so many different levels that you can almost feel the synapses flash-firing. Everything about this game is cradled ever so softly in such a stately elegance that you cannot help but enjoy the experience and the challenge...which is very real, indeed.

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03-02-2012, 03:23 AM
#7
Joined: Jan 2012
Posts: 877
Went to buy this the other day but needed iOS 5.. You should really change that, you could like double your revenue, probably triple actually.

Currently addicted to: Duet game, Threes, Tengami, Oquonie, Platforms Unlimited, Perloo, Wave Wave
03-02-2012, 05:45 AM
#8
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 109
djflippy: Thanks for the review!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Snozberry View Post
Went to buy this the other day but needed iOS 5.. You should really change that, you could like double your revenue, probably triple actually.
I thought about it a lot, but iOS 5 makes the life of a game developer much easier, and I'm just one guy, so I opted to go for 5 for now.
03-02-2012, 06:01 AM
#9
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,146
I downloaded the free version to try, but absolutely no idea what's going on, what's being asked of me to accomplish, or how to go about it. It feels like the assumption is the player knows what to do on their own? Perhaps I'm missing something.
03-02-2012, 06:20 AM
#10
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 109
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gabrien View Post
I downloaded the free version to try, but absolutely no idea what's going on, what's being asked of me to accomplish, or how to go about it. It feels like the assumption is the player knows what to do on their own? Perhaps I'm missing something.
Yeah, the free version is a bad in that way that it doesn't include the easy levels, because I had to try to squeeze the most representative levels I could make into it. The full version includes a more steady progression of levels to introduce the whole gameplay concept. But I know that's no help to you, sorry about that...

If you open the help system with the question mark button and read the help pages, does it help at all?

But, briefly put, you have to form equations in the tree. The bottom node is the "result" and the top nodes are the ones which you need to use to form the result. So for example if the top nodes were 2 and 3, and the bottom node would be 5, the correct sign would be '+' (2+5=5). And so on.

I should maybe do a Youtube video tutorial for the Free version and link it in the game to get past the initial confusion. :/