Unless you study science spores can be puzzling. How about making a puzzle out of spores? Sporos from developer AppXplore does just that. Slap on your rubber gloves, we’re going to perform science.
Sporos is a straight up puzzle game containing no story. None. Where did they come from? Who is patient zero? Will I catch the flu from playing this game? Why is there a man in black following me? Ok, that last part might have been happening before I got Sporos.
Controls and Gameplay
Made for touch screen based devices, the controls for Sporos are simple touch and drag. That goes double for the gameplay, it is simple too. You place sporos on a game board so that they infect all of the cells. These sporos then spread infecting straight lines across the board. The sporos that you use come in three versions: two directions, four directions, and six directions. There are markers on the sporos that indicate which direction they will infect. Sporos infect in straight lines. Sporos’ infection will travel through other infected cells, but not through other sporos.
There are two modes of game play in Sporos; Essential Lab and Experimental Lab. In Essential Lab, the boards are blank and you use sporos to fill them. It is the basic form of gameplay. In Experimental Lab they introduce mutated cells. These mutated cells are randomly placed on the board and they divert the spread of the infection. They can be helpful, but at the same time troublesome as you have to figure out how to use them to your best advantage.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics are simple and colorful. The sporos, boards, infections, and mutated cells all have a biological look like you are viewing them all under a microscope.
The music is a calm and an understated style of electronica. It is just enough to provide mood, but not to interrupt your concentration.
Simple to play, hard to master; phrase often said for games, but well applied here. Sporos starts off easy but as levels get bigger and more complex, more thought is needed to properly arrange the sporos so they infect the whole board. Some boards can be solved in more than one way, adding to the challenge.
When you throw in the mutated cells things get interesting. At first, they seem very easy to use to help fill the board. But like the Essential Labs, the deeper you get into the game, the more complex things get.
The gameplay is addicting too if you are a puzzle person. When I first sat down to play a couple boards, I found myself thirty minutes later still playing. The only reason I stopped was I wanted to see what the Experimental Labs mode offered; more addicting gameplay. I spent a good couple hours playing before I finally put my iPad down for the night.
Sporos comes in two versions for the iOS, Sporos Free and Sporos Premium. Sporos Free offers 300 levels of gameplay in the Essential Lab. Sporos Premium has that and includes 200 more levels in the Experimental Lab. The Android version is free with the base 300 levels, but you have to pay to upgrade to the extra 200 levels.
AppXplore created a great puzzle game with Sporos. Addicting and challenging, I give Sporos a 5 out of 5.
Sporos is rated “4+” for players 4 and older in the iTunes store, rated for “Everyone” in the Google Play store.
For more information see the Sporos section of AppXplore’s web site.