Game Info:

Twisting Art
Developed by: Twin Castle Games
Published by: Twin Castle Games
Release date: June 12, 2020
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Price: $1.99

Thank you Twin Castle Games for sending us a review code!

Twisting Art features over one hundred scrambled pieces of art that need to be placed back in order in a short amount of time. The abstract art is broken into fifteen segments that can be tapped to rotate them individually or in a group. The Normal Mode gives you roughly fifty seconds to solve it before jumbling the pieces up again. Have you ever played the game Perfection? If you find that game to be too stressful you’ll want to give this title a pass. Thankfully, there’s an Easy Mode that gives you a little more time to get through each level.

The number of stars (up to three) you get depends on how quickly you solve each level. Puzzles are unlocked as you play so there doesn’t seem to be an incentive to aim for stars unless you’re a perfectionist. Since I solved many of the levels in the nick of time, I have no interest in revisiting them.

Twisting Art

Strong Points: Multiple difficulty levels; good background music
Weak Points: The abstract pictures make this game challenging; not much time to solve the puzzles
Moral Warnings: None!

If the re-arranged pictures were recognizable like photographs or famous works of art, solving the puzzles would be much easier. Instead, the puzzles are all abstract and hard to discern their proper alignment. If you’re playing on Normal Mode turning the pieces one too many times may cost you the level. There’s not much wiggle room for mistakes.

The game’s interface is easy to use and I like the color palette. The completed levels are highlighted in gold, teal, or brown depending on how well you did. The unavailable levels have a padlock on them. The levels unlock as you play so you cannot skip ahead.

Twisting Art
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay: 12/20
Graphics: 7/10
Sound: 8/10
Controls: 5/5
Stability: 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - -10/10

Twisting Art is a stressful game as you’re under a lot of pressure to solve the puzzles quickly. The background music is pleasant and reflects the developer’s Spanish heritage. Though calming, it doesn’t help alleviate the aggravation of being one turn too slow before the pieces get shuffled all over again.

I’ve never been a fan of timed events in games and this is no exception. I don’t mind piecing things together at my own pace though. Though it’s still timed, I much prefer the Easy Mode. If you’re easily frustrated or prone to having high blood pressure, you may want to skip this game. Other than those warnings, this game is suitable for gamers of all ages.

Unfortunately, Twisting Art is not my cup of tea. I like to play games for relaxation and not to get flustered. I also like to play games at my own pace. However, if you enjoy puzzle games and don’t mind being timed while completing them, Twisting Art will keep you entertained for a bit. There’s a lot of content offered for less than $2.

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