I’m a sucker for a good iOS game! True, I’m never going to sit at home and sink a hundred hours into one, but when it comes to travelling or trying to kill a bit of time procrastinating I’m a big fan of tablet technology.

Vignettes doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the scene, in the past the same mechanic has been used throughout various games and apps to create thought-provoking brain teasers to audiences globally.

However, that’s not to say Vignettes doesn’t still do a good job. The game works quite simply, you’re given an object to rotate and look over. Moving the object into a certain position will cause it to change into a different object. The transition is seamless and done in a way that you don’t notice the objects switch due to the fact both of the items share a similar perspective.

Vignettes couples a bright colour palette with a range of sharp and soft-edged tangible goods to create a stylish and playful design. In style the game is generally fairly minimalist, utilising a simple yet striking palette that varies throughout. Whilst some of the more basic puzzles can be solved by looking at each article from a top-down or bottom-up angle some of the later pieces require a range of rotation and fiddling to move past.

Vignettes couples a bright colour palette with a range of sharp and soft-edged tangible goods to create a stylish and playful design

Each item that you shape-shift through is added to one of various paintings. Once you’ve acquired an entire set and filled a portrait a key is dispensed and this can be used view additional items within a chest. The game’s objective is to discover all of the objects within the game and in doing so earn complete the entire set of keys.

On top of this Vignettes also offers a range of secrets that players are encouraged to find across the game. The secrets mainly come in the form of interactive elements disguised within certain items that once observed reveal themselves as unlocked within one of the several in-game menus.

The title also boasts a great range of musical talent throughout. The instrumental backing track to the app transforms in accordance with the objects that you move through. Often this change is gradual and the tones and melodies take you through various tones and melodic movements catering to what’s taking place on screen.

The title also boasts a great range of musical talent throughout

Overall, the game promotes a quirky and cute environment in which to pass time, whilst not necessarily not setting the world on fire its bright and joyful tones allow you to escape into a world of playful illustrations and mellow music. It’s definitely worth the $2.99 that you’ll currently pay for it on the App Store and should take up a satisfying hour or two of your time.

This copy of Vignettes was supplied by developer Armel Gibson upon request. Our Editor in Chief, Jared Moore spent around two hours tapping and rotating through various artifacts to brighten up his day!

Review overview
Visuals - 75 %
Audio - 80 %
Gameplay - 62 %
Fun Factor - 67 %
Summary Vignettes is a fun little puzzle game that combines a beautiful illustrative design with a compelling soundtrack. Whilst some of the puzzles can be solved relatively easily its still worth it for a few hours of fun.
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Jared Moore
Joint Editor-In-Chief at Quillstreak. Freelance Journalist studying at Newcastle University. Enjoys long romantic walks across the Mojave Wasteland followed by dinner with the Baker household. Once swiped right and killed a king.
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