Trid – think matching shapes are easy? Think again with this addictive brain-bender app!
Feb 13, 2013 11:12 AM –
Trid is a cool puzzle game that has you copying a series of simple patterns as quickly as possible. Time really is against you as you attempt to recreate the grid images in order to achieve the highest score possible. It’s a simple game that is thoroughly addictive and includes a fiendish twist where the copy image rotates to make things even trickier!
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Five game modes!
- Addictive as hell!
- Great music!
Trid is a ridiculously tough but fun game that examines your ability to recreate simple patterns. You have a simple 3×3 grid and each square lights up when you touch it. In the top right of the screen there is a template pattern for your to copy as fast as you can. The clock runs down rapidly and you have to complete as many patterns as you can before it runs out. A successful pattern earns you a tiny sliver of extra time but patterns becomes more complex before the template grid itself rotates and you have to work out to create the pattern correctly with the new perspective.
Described above is just the Time Attack Mode. Additionally there is a Sudden Death Mode where you cannot make any mistakes, a Memory Mode where the template pattern fades away, Mirror Mode where the pattern is mirrored rather than just replicated and finally a Training Mode where there is no time limit. These all offer very different challenges and keeps the game fresh if you switch between them regularly.
On the face of it, the game is very easy to play. However, with a time limit and rotating templates, it’s actually increasingly hard. It ultimately tests your spatial visualization ability, as well as reflexes, hand to eye coordination and memory- if you play that mode. When the template rotates, you have to dynamically adjust your perspective in order to get the puzzle correct. All in all, it’s a genuine brain-bender!
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Trid – Gameplay (1)
Trid – Gameplay (2)
Trid – Gameplay (3)
Trid – High score
Trid – Game over
Trid – Menu
Trid – Tutorial
Trid – Settings menu
If you enjoy puzzles, especially the ones that pop up on IQ tests and the like, you’ll really enjoy this. It’s great that the game incorporates so many different modes of play so, if one becomes boring or too hard, you can try others.
Again, I think you have to be into these puzzles, but gameplay is wonderfully casual and easy to get stuck into. I think if you add in the high scores you can get, and the compulsive time attack mode, it’s very engrossing indeed. It’s also great for both adults and children to play.
The graphics are very smooth and crisp. Like many such puzzles, it’s a distinctly 2D affair but very well designed and it works well with the gameplay.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The music is excellent. You have some great sound effects too which add an important element to the gameplay experience.