Today's Free App of the Day is Cryptic Cosmos
Originally $0.99

This is an adventure type game. It's more of an "escape-the-room" type game than Myst, which it was compared to in another review. Not as elaborate a word as Myst, but the feeling that there is a mysterious puppetmaster behind the scenes is there.

You explore your environment, tapping on objects to pick them up and use them in other rooms. Graphics are well done and puzzles are difficult without being unsolvable. There are computer screens in the rooms telling you what the goals are for that room and a hint button in the upper right hand corner. The button in the upper left hand corner, a plus sign, gives you the map of areas you've explored so far, but is not interactive. Tapping on a location on the map does not take you there. (Not a complaint, just describing it.)

Tap on things to use them, tap on items in inventory to choose them and then tap on something in the room to use it there. Along the bottom is a "back" button which takes you to the last location you were at and an inventory bar. And the home button which take you to the main menu.

It takes place in a spaceship, so the halls are "a twisty maze of passages, all alike" but the rooms you go into have different items to do and the map also helps you keep track of where you've been and where you need to get back to with the items you've picked up. The hints are very good; they'll tell you to find an object in room 1 to help you in room 5, for example. You can use the map to make sure you know what room you are in. The first thing you should do in any room is to tap on the computer screen.

A good game in its genre, I would give this one four stars.

Limited permissions, it plays in airplane mode. Your position is saved automatically. Options include turning the sound and music on and off and playing in English, Spanish, German, and what I think are Japanese and Chinese, but I'm not sure and can't find it in the blurb. I kind of like the idea of playing in Spanish to practice the language!

This game is definitely worth 0.99, let alone being part of the Free App of the Day.

5 of 6 reviews are four stars and above.

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