05 December 2011
Zen: Puzzle Garden
Gaming Genres: Puzzle
Graphical Styles: 2D, Cartoon
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS
Pricing Model: Pay $
Developer(s): Lexaloffle Games
Publisher(s): Lexaloffle Games
Initial Release Date: December 19, 2010
Website(s): Homepage, Homepage
If you thought that you could never reach enlightenment by playing a computer game.. well... you're probably right. You can, however, fry your brain by trying to solve seemingly impossible puzzles that take place in a relaxing zen garden.
All in all, pure puzzle games can be hard to rate, even just in generalities. I am not going to say that others might not enjoy Zen but I really didn't. I found it both far to simplistic, all puzzles simply differ in how the rocks/obstacles are arranged, and with far too steep of a learning curve. But I do like the idea of raking a rock garden and Zen does a good job of making this minimalist and elegant.