Puzzle games are a great way to strengthen problem-solving skills, and most of them take quite a bit of time to master. Sanga is a new 3D puzzle game for iPad that is a complex mix of tic-tac-toe, Connect 3, and other games. It’s definitely challenging, but it’s also fun to play.
To play Sanga, you’ll have to forget pretty much everything you know about tic-tac-toe and similar games. The concept is still the same, but Sanga puts a whole new twist on it.
The goal of Sanga is to place pieces of various shapes and colors on the board, which is called the Qoob. The Qoob is 3D, and you can rotate it by swiping your finger on the screen. If you connect three of the same shape and/or color, you’ll create a Sanga and earn points.
Sanga features two different modes – multiplayer and puzzle mode. In multiplayer mode, two players take turns to create Sangas and earn as many points as possible. Multiplayer mode supports both local and online play, as well.
Puzzle mode is completely different, though, in that you’re playing solo and trying not to create a Sanga. Instead, you’re supposed to randomly place pieces on the board as quickly as possible. This will earn you the most points.
As you get used to playing Sanga, you’ll earn achievements and work your way up the Game Center leaderboard. Integration with Apple’s service means connecting with friends and playing the game together is incredibly easy to do.
Sanga is definitely one of the most unique puzzle games I’ve come across, mainly because it’s 3D and the different play modes totally contradict each other. This means players will have to be on their toes when it comes to solving puzzles. Personally I found myself forgetting that the Qoob is 3D, so it’ll take a bit to get used to the game.
It’s worth mentioning that Sanga does offer a few power ups via in-app purchase. Players have the option of purchasing a premium piece bundle and a new hand power up, each for $0.99. These aren’t mandatory purchases, though, and you can’t really get ahead in the game by spending money.
Also, Sanga is supported by ads, but they only appear after a game has finished. They’re not intrusive at all, and I don’t think they negatively impact the gaming experience.
Overall, Sanga is a groundbreaking puzzle game for iPad. It truly is unlike anything I’ve seen, and I believe players who enjoy puzzle games will love it. It’ll take a bit of time to master the concept, but it’s definitely worth it.
Sanga requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPad.
A small fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review