Not worth paying for..
I am all about finding free games to play but this one was listed as an editor’s choice so I trusted that evaluation. Turns out I didn’t get my money’s worth. While the game is captivating I think I expected a little more, and once I was completely engaged, the levels ended. Wow, I thought, already? As I said in my title, not worth paying for.
A Joy to Experience
At first I was like “okay why is this game $4?” And then I listened with my in-ear monitors and I really got to appreciate the sound masterpiece that it is. Then I noticed the visuals in the cut scenes. It has me thinking what it could all be about as the drama unfolds. I am determined to experience this all the way through. There is something satisfying when you hear the stones move especially when you match 3. I can’t stress enough, I recommend in-ear monitors as opposed to regular earbuds. This game is a symphony. ***** Five Stars
“Threes” with color, but without challenge nor cutes
This game has everything you’d want from “Monument Valley” or other minimalistic-but-gorgeous games ... it looks great & taxes your battery, it sounds great with melodies lifted straight from Threes, it has lots of effects when you do the slightest move, it has long flowery cutscenes that convey little meaning, it has mysterious glyphs on the wall like Fez but don’t seem to matter, and it has a cube character that I couldn’t give 2 poop emojis about. I bought this for 99c just to have a Threes-like experience with some new twists like immovable stones, but I wouldn’t have paid any more because I know I’ll finish it once & erase it, and not think too hard about a 1-eyed cube that keeps beating itself against locked doors. Three 💩’s out of 5.
Hypnotic game !
I look forward to the next one !
A really beautiful puzzle game
Not only is the gameplay really fun and just challenging enough, the whole game has such a beautiful aesthetic to it. My only complaint is that I wish it were longer. Also tell your music guy that he killed it!!
It's cool but...
I find the game more frustrating than fun, and although the gameplay mechanics are interesting and cool, the structure of the game disappoints me: It relies on random generation. I love the puzzles that unlock the doors (those don't rely on randomness), but the main game feels luck based. This is why I heavily prefer puzzle games with specificly designed levels, rather than games like this and candy crush where random generation is a part of the game, and the levels are different each time they're played. It’s more of a strategy game, which isn’t my thing but that’s just me.
If puzzles that rely on random generation are your cup of tea, get the game... but there are some really great puzzles out there that are so much better. I guess it depends on what you’re looking for.
Graphics are very impressive here, music is nice, gotta say though.
Pretty, but also pretty tedious
Graphics are beautiful.
I like the specifically designed puzzles in between levels to unlock the doors, but the main gameplay is randomly generated and is rather tedious.
Only wish it was longer!
Beautiful game, interesting play. I wish there were more levels!
Spent over an hour on a key for the power locks, still never got it.
Good game, but..
Omg this game amazes me! But I just have one glitch.if I want to start a level ( after leaving to game ) it will always restart! I don’t know why! It says the words continue, but it just restarts PLEASE FIX THIS! otherwise the graphics are amazing, and it is fun.
Well worth the time and money!
This game is perfectly genius. Not too many levels so it feels endless, not too few that it’s not worth the money. Not too hard so that it feels impossible, but not too easy, so every move takes thought. The graphics are beautiful, the lights and animations, everything. The clicking sounds when you move the tiles and other little sound effects add so much depth to the game. The little puzzles to open the doors are really fun, it’s a nice change of pace so it’s not tile after tile. I love the camera feature, a wonderful addition and a fantastic idea. I have really grown attached to all of the characters. The small noises they make and the music that accompanies them gives them an emotional ambience, and if it wasn’t clear enough what feeling was on display, the little box character has the little emoticons that are almost tacky, but just within the lines. Everything is so thoughtfully calculated. I wish there was a statue or something of the box-character, to go along with the deer. I’d buy it for sure. I look forward to more apps from 52!
Great game but needs update!
This is a great game but it’s due for an update. I’ve waited for an update for a while now and there hasn’t been one for a long time ever since November or December. I like the way this game makes you think out of the box to come up with a solution in order to solve the puzzles it shows. I just wish there were more levels so that I can play. Please add more levels to the game and make it more stable. Thank you!
Carl in Oakland
Tired of seeing ads!
Kenshō is a beautiful “match three” style with vibrant colors and addictive music. One started, it’s hard to stop playing.
What annoys me about this game is that after paying its $3.99 price tag I still have ads popping up directing to an Etsy page asking me to buy a stuffed deer. If this were a 99¢ title with an in-app-purchase option to remove the ads I’d get it. Hopefully future versions of this game will skip the ads.
I don’t understand
I don’t get how to pass the level I’m on ,if it’s a level at all, or if it’s the end of the game. It’s just a black screen with a white block that I can only move up slightly and that’s it. Can’t get back to menu or home screen it just stays stuck on this.
What an incredibly boring game for which to pay
‘Nuf said; just plain boring beyond belief. I play the puzzles with no idea what I am doing. I lose a round because of blocking tiles, but I lose no progress, just restart the individual level. There is no rhythm or reason to why I am playing, and variety is completely absent. Cannot believe I trusted all the reviews to pay for this game. So disappointed.
one of the best games!!
the visuals & music are so beautiful, would love to see more of this :)
Fundamentally Flawed Design, Improved!
Update: Of the solutions I listed below, #2 was implemented. Yay! However, it is still true that you can somewhat “muscle” your way through the game. There is no penalty to filling the board, so you can still win any level by repeatedly pressing one button until you get lucky. However, smart play just speeds things up.
This is a beautiful game with a fundamental design flaw: often times the best way to progress is to fill your board and “lose”.
I’ll try and explain as succinctly as possible:
1) Puzzles have a set start place.
2) Each requires you to gain five pieces.
3) They get harder as they go and your board fills up.
4) If you fail, it restarts to puzzle 1 of 5.
5) However, you don’t lose any collected pieces!
Therefore, it’s boring but possible to progress like this:
1) Get a piece.
2) Fail on purpose.
3) Get that same piece again.
-repeat until done
1) Lose collected pieces: players must collect all five without failing.
2) Randomize the start of each puzzle.
3) Add an achievement of some kind for finishing without losing.
This game is artsy enough, one of those fixes may be present but invisible to me at this point.
Beautiful Puzzle Game
Wonderful gameplay that gets slightly harder as you go, but you aren’t overly penalized for getting part of a puzzle wrong. The between puzzle interludes are beautiful, and I love that there are no hearts, ask friends for help, or unlock with 50 million diamonds gimmicks. Worth every penny for sure.
developer puts ad on intro screen that you are unable to clear.
Game designers take note
This is what mobile gaming should strive to be. Simple to learn but can be challenging to master. Beautiful graphics. Engrossing sound. And most importantly - not designed to make you pay to play.
Take my money - and when you make something new, take my money again.
Thank you for making this beautiful game
One question is:
Will there be more worlds? Not the rooms I mean. But a different location entirely?
I’m really enjoying this beautiful game. Just the right challenge for me, as I’m not a very skilled gamer.
The graphics are soothing and the music is haunting. I decided to try this game because a review described it as elegant. That’s a very good way to describe it.
I loved this game until it was over! Beautiful and challenging, it was a sensory delight to play. But why so short? I was done in a few days after purchasing it. Hopefully more levels will be introduced at some point!
lackng instructions, editor’s choice of crap
played fora bit and it was pretty cool... but then i get to a point that i can get rid of blocks of same color...why???? did i make ss something? doesnt matter because i dont know what to do to get the key an i deleted the game...editor’s choice? it edit’s crap that i took a chance on and will not trust the editors any longer just because it has ambient music and a good 1hr theme who are getting kick backs from these companies for the awards!
Newbie app user
It seems as if you just slide bocks around. There’s no story. What’s the deer all about?
I bought this app expecting it to have the stellar qualities of Monument Valley. However, I was very disappointed. IMHO, it takes little skill to clear the slides. While the video and music are hyped as gorgeous & tranquil, I did not find it so. I especially disliked the emoji popping up in the scenery but perhaps this is a cultural thing. Save your $$$.
Killed by giant chiken
This game is brilliant! The story is very entrancing, and the game play is absolutely made with the music. I love that each level is unique and that if you “fail” you don’t have to start all over on building all the keys, you only have to start over on the single piece of the key you are currently trying to get. The graphics of this game are incredible and very immersive! I don’t really have any complaints about this game. This might be my new favorite! I just hope it last a bit because I’m loving it! update***** PLEASE MAKE A SEQUAL!!!!
The graphics are so well made, and the puzzles really make you think. That plus the relaxing music makes a very entertaining, intriguing game.
What a marvel, I am entranced.
Good game, polished, can be frustrating at times
Short for a paid app
I played this game for a week or two and somehow it’s done??
It’s beautiful, the storyline, the music, the visuals are stunning. I loved how if you couldn’t quite pass a level, you wouldn’t lose all your progress for the level/ stage you were on.
But for playing a bit every day, to have the game be over, (at least that’s what I surmise with the cut scenes and credits), I’m a bit disappointed.
Very enjoyable, challenging yet not overly difficult, incredible graphics, great game!
Puzzles okay but I get bored watching all the swirling lights between puzzles. Rated down because of long wait times between puzzles. I mean are you here to play or watch swirly lights?
Great but super short
This game is great fun, but it ends abruptly just as its starting to get really good. Total playtime was about 3-4 hours.
Soothing and challenging at the same time
The graphics are truly lovely. The puzzles are challenging without being impossible. Overall, this is a beautiful and soothing game.
Big inspiration and most relaxing choose this game.
We have all seen this game before. Pretty yet predictable graphics, a bland but unobnoxious soundtrack and you move a shape (squares) around to make lines of 3 of the same color blow up in a manner that gets progressively harder. Don’t waste your money. There are lots of free games just as good. All you’re get by paying for this is a pack of ads. Honestly, anyone online long enough to be downloading their own apps is so desensitized to ads that they are easy to ignore. Save your money.
Perplexing puzzles, gorgeous graphics.....
..... a splendid, surreal soundtrack and this author's annoying alliteration.
The Puzzles are challenging enough to hold one's attention without becoming a headache spewing explicative. My only wish is that I could spend more time exploring the worlds in between the puzzles. There the vibe is relaxed and ethereal providing a perfect interlude while the brain recharges for the next set of puzzles. The animation reminds me very much of Mahiro Maeda’s Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. Enchanted, mysterious and breathtakingly beautiful.
Puzzles are great and just hard enough. The story is totally unnecessary, and shouldn’t be there, I’d rather they invested in making more puzzles.
Nice for a car ride but no replay value
The graphics are wonderful and gameplay is excellent...not too hard but challenging enough...highly recommend
Started out fun then got tedious
This game started out fun but then became tedious and boring. While there is concept of parts and keys you basically have to solve 25 of the same puzzle per level, and each level is a variant of the prior. I found playing early levels fun, until the “random” level kicked in, which removes a lot of skill. Then the “force field” levels really bored me because there are long sequences of fixed moves required and if you fail you start over. The levels aren’t different enough to keep my interest and long sequences of moves over and over just aren’t fun for me at least. The little movies between levels are creative but they have nothing to do with the levels. Disappointed to say the least.
Description is bogus
This game should be 99¢. There are no lush jungles or any other descriptions this developer has mentioned. It’s just some colorful backgrounds that are there to hide the fact this game is VERY similar to 2048! You move square blocks around (exactly like the game 2048) and touch three colors together to make a row and they disappear. Lame for $3.99! If you aren’t a fan of 2048, do not waste your money.
That's all. This game is awesome. I don't really understand the cutscenes, but enjoy them and their creativity nonetheless. I feel like the game, as with all new games, could use some refinement (like the crumbling animation that is used constantly could be smoother) but it was absolutely worth the money I paid for it.
I played 3 hours for the first time
I downloaded it because it was visually beautiful and mysterious. The instructions are minimal, I thought intentionally. Other games/puzzles which involve a visual logic are similar. It makes them charming. The guides are consistent, which is part of the challenge.
What isn’t clear is where the game is ultimately going after it stopped the way you proceeded and introduced something which seemed to go nowhere. I addressed this today in a message to Kenshō. I only had one other occasion to contact them when I couldn’t solve a puzzle; the response was rapid and helpful without giving any hints or strategies.
For anyone contemplating downloading this game, don’t let
My most recent problem discourage you. It’s a delight to look at and a challenge as they introduce each twist.
I don’t care for the music which is distracting, so I turn it off. I like the sound effects. I gave this a 5 star rating because the whole experience was mesmerizing. It is not easy to stop, but that is a problem in the discipline of the player.
I mean.. WOW!!!!!!!
Wow. Wow! Im literally in awe of Kenshō!!! This is one absolutely AMAZING game. After only playing this game for a few minutes, I can most certainly say I'm left speechless and ready to play some more. Stunning graphics. Freaking awesome soundtrack. It's a perfect game in my book. Props after props to the developers of this game for doing some extraordinary work.
Can't wait to see what else they come up with!
What a ripoff for my money slow paced, relaxing,zen like anything but can I get my money back I’m giving one star because it won’t let me give zero
Beautiful and relaxing
I am somewhat challenged as far as spatial and mechanical reasoning skills, so this game is maybe a little harder for me than it would be for the average person. But the gorgeous graphics and the calming music make this game a pleasure to play. And you get endless chances to keep working out the solutions to the levels. A lot of fun to play!