Puzzles are a great way to keep the mind sharp and focused. They don't have to be extraordinarily difficult to learn to be engaging; some puzzles, like AuroraBound, are easy to pick up but a lot of fun to solve.
Align the Tiles
The premise of AuroraBound is simple. In each puzzle, you are given a series of tiles with various colors and patterns. Your job is to place these tiles on a grid in such a way that they form a proper pattern. As an added challenge, some tiles can be rotated while others have a fixed orientation, and some tiles can't be moved at all.
The app has more than 1,000 puzzles that are grouped into worlds. The menu for each world is also a puzzle. Tiles will appear on the menu as you complete the puzzles in that world, and you must align these pieces before you can advance to the next world.
AuroraBound employs a relaxing, stress-free approach for its gameplay. There is no time limit for solving a puzzle, so you can take as long as you like. There is no score either, and you can reset a puzzle if needed.
Parents Need to Know
AuroraBound is designed for adults in mind, but it's also simple enough for kids to understand. Reading isn't necessary to play, and it's not difficult to figure out the gameplay even though there are no instructions. The app also has a hint system in place should you need some help in solving a puzzle. Simply tap the question mark on the top of the screen to access these hints.
Something to keep in mind is that these hints are not always free. The app includes 25 hints with the initial download. Once you have used them up, you have the option to purchase additional hints via in-app purchases. Note that the in-app purchases are not secured behind a parental gate.
AuroraBound is free to download and play. It has no third-party ads, but does contain in-app purchases (for buying hints and tipping the creature) and a link to rate the app on the App Store. It supports several languages other than English including Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Russian.
Things I Like
AuroraBound is a beautiful game. The gameplay is so relaxing but it also offers a fair amount of challenges throughout. The gradual difficulty curve feels satisfying. Sometimes you'll find simpler levels among the more difficult ones, which serve as a break of sort so you can wind down every once in a while.
My only wishlist for AuroraBound is that since it's also a great game for kids, I'd love a way to hide or secure the in-app purchases. Even better, I'd go for a premium version without in-app purchases and with endless, free hints.
If you love puzzles that are challenging and relaxing at the same time, you will love AuroraBound. This serene puzzler is great for all ages, and it gets addictive once you've got the gameplay down. And with over 1,000 puzzles available, you can play for a really, really long time. Highly recommended!
App was provided for our honest review.