Seekee fun but visually dull

Spoiler alert! Seekee confirms the old adage that value is in the eye of the developer. It’s fun, and the puzzles are mildly challenging but not frustratingly difficult. It’s also more expensive than many better games. But if you want to play six levels without losing, this is one to go to.

Our foster cats are shaking up the hierarchy in the Stephens’ Siamese Rescue
household. Several of our older cats have moved on, and we’ve adopted a dozen more out, which means new openings in the kitty pecking order. Cats notice that the flame point who used to sleep on my head is gone, or the blue point that staked out his watch point on the bookstand above the head board (and who used to knock the books on my head to scare off the flame point) is also gone.

We adopted our permanent foster Hudson, a sweet chocolate snowshoe, and he’s decided his change in status allows him to nudge my ear every night until I wake up and pet him. (Poor Hudson would get inquiries and suddenly he would get nervous and hide, as though he knew he were on his way out, only then the would-be adopters would choose someone else and he would be happy again. Finally, we got the message.)

This also means the new fosters we now have room for think they can move into niches that other cats have been waiting for for months, or even years. A new calico Isabella decided she could march right into the top spot, which has always belonged to Pumpkin (who owns the spot because she’s outlasted every foster we’ve taken in) only to discover how quickly a fifteen-year-old calico can intimidate a one-year-old without even unleashing her claws.

Two weeks later someone decided to give up a blue point named Blue Mama because she’s “difficult.” Blue Mama tried the same moves as Isabella, only to suffer the same results. But, interestingly enough, as soon as Blue Mama started to strut her stuff, Pumpkin and the others welcomed Isabella into the inner circle.

The upshot of this is that all of the cats are auditioning for a spot on my lap when I’m working on my iPad. Teddy actually occupies that spot, but he knows better than to settle in when my iPad is on. The others haven’t learned that yet, so they take turns climbing into my lap and batting at the iPad so I will pet them instead.

This constant batting makes it extremely difficult to play games on my iPad, so I’ve been forced to look for puzzle games that don’t cost me points when my thumb skids across the screen. One such game is Seekee, which presents an interesting spin on the classic Tangram puzzles. Your job is to match a collection of gelatinous blobs to the pattern on the board.

Seekee demonstrates clearly that there are games where the digital version improves on any real world version. In the case of Seekee, the only players I can imagine who would actually want to touch those gelatinous blogs would be young boys and college students tripping on something we don’t really want to discuss further.

To solve the puzzle you have to rotate and fit the gelatinous globs onto the game board pattern. The eyes have to line up with the peg holes.

As with many puzzle games, Seekee challenges players to a quest, to free the elemental spirits and overcome the character Seekee’s hatred of the universe. Each stage presents a new elemental with a new twist on the puzzle. To solve the puzzles, players have to earn tokens that allow them to make countermoves.

In the case of Seekee, some puzzle pieces refuse to stay put and others shift, bend and twist into new shapes that no longer match the pattern. Occasionally, more pieces show up than can fit on the playing board.

Players have to deal with misbehaving puzzle pieces by earning tokens with countermoves. Tokens open spaces on the board, lock down misbehaving pieces, and freeze wiggly pieces into place.

This being said, I didn’t find Seekee too challenging. I was able to finish all 120 levels in a few hours. Finishing unlocks challenge modes with additional twists and challenges. Nor do the puzzles repeat themselves when you replay levels. The puzzle engine seems to have plenty in reserve. This should be reassuring to players who find themselves frustrated when they play games where no solution to a level seems possible.

The instructions aren’t as clear as they could be. Apparently the viscous nature of gelatin globs makes it possible to have more than one puzzle piece occupy a space. Half the game, in fact, is figuring out what moves you can make and what you can’t.

While the game play is decent, the app seems a little overpriced at $3, The 3D graphics are rough and the story less than exciting. The color palette is dull and there is little contrast between background and elements. You can’t skip over the introduction or the middle story, and it is tedious indeed.

The graphics are rough and the colors muddy. The story line about a malevolent spirit tackling elemental forces seems a bit mundane.

If you do find yourself stumped, you can’t reset the puzzle. You have to jump back to the main menu. But at least you can reset and start with a different puzzle.

For all my concerns, I still think the game’s worth playing. I’ve paid far more for some heavily promoted and far more expensive games and found myself bored before the end of the first stage.

Jenny Manytoes rates Seekee

Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Seekee. It’s slightly overpriced, but it’s playable and reasonably challenging. The globs provide an interest twist to puzzle play.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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