Mini-review: Evo Explores will mess with your eyes and brain!

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This isn't a new game to Windows Phone and beyond, but it caught my attention recently and I realised that we'd never featured it on the site. So here goes - Evo Explores takes physically non-sensical structures and lets the Evo character take advantage of the anomalies to progress through all the various levels.

From the Store description:

• In Evo Explores you should trust your eyes. If something looks real - it is real! If you don't see a problem - there is no problem at all.

• Manipulate impossible surreal structures, explore optical illusions and solve mind blowing puzzles. Every new level will unravel the history of Byte planet and its citizens.

• Evo is a space explorer. Every planet he visits is full of mysteries. But the Byte planet is unique. Regular physical laws don't work here. Even the gravity is under control of your imagination.

• Evo Explores was inspired by a beautiful game Monument Valley. We are big fans of original game but we love Evo Explores even more! Come share this feeling with us!

No doubt you're familiar with this game already, but here are my thoughts. Superbly conceived, any Escher fan will take this this immediately. There are no menus or ads or settings to distract, it's straight into the puzzles:

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The developers aren't kidding - sometimes the path that Evo travels makes no sense if you try and understand it according to the real world - but if the pixels are joined on-screen, however this happens between depth planes, then the path is open for Evo! (right) picking a starting level is also done using an impossible structure!

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And so to the puzzles, moving stacks and platforms up and down, rotating linked groups of blocks, all helpfully marked in orange. It's harder than it looks and you usually have to get the move sequence just right. Evo is moved by tapping where you want him to go (on the opening levels, a green animated blob shows you where to tap).

Playing entirely in portrait, for convenience sake, the graphics are clean and clear. And there's a digital soundtrack to add atmosphere throughout.

You can grab this for a couple of dollars (or local equivalent) in the Store here.

Source / Credit: Store