Puzzle games don’t typically travel down the darker, homicidial tendencies of some cartoon atagonists. But The Mordis -the latest game from Chilibite Games – does just this, putting the fate of the only four free creatures I nthe world in a player’s hands as they travel over dangerous terrain to save their friends from the evil Mr. Sugar.
The Mordis from one side of a level to the other, using bridges, springs and other methods to help each one along its way. Each of the four characters has its own world to span in order to save its brethren — grassland, desert, arctic and volcano — and each brings its own challenges to the table. This is the kind of game just about anyone can pick up and play, but only the real puzzle masters will make it to the end of all four worlds.
What’s great about The Mordis is even though players are typically stocked with tons of items to build contraptions to get to the other side, most of the time a cleverly placed spring or wooden stick may be all that’s needed. There’s no right way to solve a level — if set up right, the same level could be cleared by setting up an elaborate, 10-piece bridge or by perfectly placing two springs to fling the Mordis through the level.
On some levels the game seems nearly impossible, with a few levels featuring relying on players noticing the smallest of details to solve the puzzle. But hitting a light-bulb in the pause menu will show you a solution to the puzzle, a great last resort for levels when players get stuck. There are no points awarded for using the light bulb, which means the bonus points for speed and efficiently will be lost until a player constructs a solution on their own.
The Mordis is an ideal time-killer game and even though it has just 28 levels, it has a ton of replay value, and its clean visuals and great physics system make it both fun to play and easy on the eyes. The Mordis is a solid choice for any puzzle-solver with an iOS device looking for something to wrap their brains around.