Fans of puzzle games will appreciate this kid-centric version of pattern finding. If you have never played a puzzle game, or if your young one is gearing up to become the next generation’s gamer, Necta Collecta is the perfect place to start.
There are four game modes; Story, Flowerchain, Timeattack, and Practice. In story mode, you start as a young bee trying to find out what happened to Ms. Butterfly. As the story continues, you will meet new characters and unlock the ability to play them. The puzzle is to collect pollen from each flower that is the same kind. The pattern movement of your character determines where you can go and your puzzle solving capabilities determine how well you do. Each character has a different movement, which can either benefit or hinder the puzzle solving. There are 99 levels in story mode that get slightly harder as they get higher.
In Flowerchain, your goal is to follow a specified order to move onto the next section. If you run out of moves before you collect nectar from each flower in order you must start over. In Timeattack, you must collect nectar from one type of flower within an allotted amount of time to continue. In practice mode, you do just that, practice. Here, you can hone your puzzle solving skills without the risk of loosing points or running out of time. It is the perfect way to understand the movement patterns of the more complicated characters.
You can play the game in Easy or Normal mode. Easy mode is so simple that those new to puzzle games will be able to pick it up with no trouble. The normal mode is still easy, but adds a bit more challenging puzzle patterns to the mix.
What I liked: The graphics are cute and the music is catchy. If you start to get annoyed with it, you can turn it off in the options menu while still keeping the sound effects.
What I didn’t like: This app is pretty awesome. I suppose it would be nice to have Game Center integration.
To buy or not to buy: Pick up a copy of this game if you have a kid in your household, maybe between eight and ten. Don’t expect a challenge If you are a seasoned puzzle game, you will lose interest pretty fast.
- App Name: Necta Collecta
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
- Category: Games
- Developer: Michael Buettner
- Price: $2.99