An Excellent, Knotty Diversion

Entanglement is the first video game I've played that looks like a bowl of spaghetti, though it plays more like a challenge to create the bendiest boulevard in Sim City or Civilization.

The game is a descendant of Pipe Mania, a puzzling challenge that has players laying out a circuitous route by applying pieces to a grid. The goal is to create a path through which a line of colour can travel in a continuous flow. Entanglement lets players lay hexagons, each of which has a few possible pathways on it. Players can swap them or rotate them, extending and entangling their pathway. What starts as a simple winding lane for your orange dot become a nest that, ideally, is comprised of one elegant line.

In the video here, I'm playing the iPad version, Entanglement HD. Both iPhone ($2.49) and iPad ($4.99) versions are relatively simple but excellent time sinks. The web version is more fully featured and can be tried for free (go here for the Chrome-optimized version of that one — or this one if you have any other browser).

Whatever your platform, try Entanglement if you need a new game to zone out to and if you don't mind suddenly seeing the words you're typing as a bunch of possible pathways for a winding line of colour. I can't stop seeing paths!

Entanglement HD on iTunes

Entanglement on iTunes


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