My Zen moment
This game seems simple, yet can be surprisingly challenging. You place tiles in horizontal or vertical rows by matching either color or item, and while you can get in a Zen groove doing that, you've also got to keep moving, as the squares that you've turned to coins will revert back to plain squares if you dawdle too long. The music is outstanding and so very peaceful. (Generally I turn the music off on games because it's usually annoying and repetitious, so this is a nice change for me.) Love the quotations from Lao Tsu, which remind me of what's important in life. Graphics are pleasant but not outstanding, but I think that adds to the gentle, meditative quality of the game.
March 3, 2012
Relaxing game with a dose of Eastern Wisdom
I have owned this little game for a while and often return to it at the end of a long and difficult day. You can see from the filesize that the game is fairly straightforward, without a lot of fancy graphics and whizbangs, or any real storyline. On-screen directions are clear and easy to understand, as is the game itself. That easy understanding, though, can be deceptive and clearing the board grows progressively more difficult at higher levels. Quiet, Eastern-derived music accompanies gameplay, and excerpts from the Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu are presented at various points, in between clearing the boards. I find this game to be soothing and meditative, while presenting just enough challenge to me to keep it interesting.
January 23, 2012
Not as easy as it looks
Good game, but now I hate it because I can't seem to get past 1 level!
Zen game.....relaxing and beautiful.
April 7, 2012
A Unique Strategy Game
Four Houses an interesting game of strategy involving items AND color.
The graphics are nice, though nothing earth-shattering here as it is the game board you concentrate on. The music is typical Oriental in nature. No real sound effects and no voice overs.
There are 2 modes of difficulty - Journey (which is generally "relaxed" and tells a story) and Timed. Interestingly enough, the only "journey" you go on is the path you take on a map of dots to mark your game progress. The ONLY "story" being told is ........... nothing. Each level begins with a nice little Chinese proverb. That DOES NOT a story make - IMO.
Game play is interesting. You start off with 4 different items, each having 1 of each color (red, green and blue). You goal is to turn the tiles to "used" by making rows of either like items or like colors (any item). Later on, as you level up, you'll get different items (never more than 4 at a time) but no different colors (at least not up to level 28, where the demo ended for me).
There are obstacles as you level up. Nothing too awful. There are no bonuses, except for earning additional lives.
It was an okay game. I am not into strategy games. I do, however, encourage everyone to try the demo, as it is a "different" sort of game play.
October 12, 2014