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Nightgate – Apple’s Free iTunes App of the Week

This week’s free app is the minimalist puzzle game Nightgate. Normally it’s $4, but you can get it free from iTunes until Thursday, March 2nd.

What Is It?

We keep seeing these puzzle games showing up as the free app of the week. Like Dropflip and Linia, your goal here is to figure out the pattern. Along the way, you’ll need to avoid some obstacles.

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The game has a cute backstory about futuristic life forms and helping them. The graphics are gorgeous and the sound addicting. Beyond those features, it’s boring as all get out. In this game, it’s more about moving your finger quickly than the puzzle solving. Time’s running against you and I think that defeats the purpose of a puzzle game. It felt more like an auto-runner than any puzzle game I’ve played. Instead of jumping the obstacles, you just side-step them.

Who Is It Good For?

People who are so bored they’re reading toothpaste tubes or the back of cereal boxes? I always try to play a game for at least half an hour before reviewing it, but it was torture here. I moved the dot and avoided some obstacles. Yawn.I didn’t have much of a puzzle or pattern to figure out. I just had to move my finger quickly. I wanted to be engaged; the game couldn’t keep my interest.

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Reading the reviews, I’m not alone in my opinion. You either love or hate this game it seems.  The sound and graphics dress up a game with no real point or challenge.

Should You Download It?

The app takes up about 154MB. I might keep it around for the soundtrack, but not the game. If following a bouncing ball (or watching paint dry) is of interest to you, you’ll love this game.

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