For weeks now, I’ve been playing the free trial version of Flood-It! – developed by LabPixies – on the iPhone. It’s a simple puzzle game where the goal is to try to fill up the entire multi-colored board with one single color. This is accomplished by simply choosing a certain color, which then spreads out into all connected squares of the same shade, and the goal is to have the whole board filled this way within 22 moves.
The nature of the game is deceptively simple and surprisingly addictive. When first approaching Flood-It!, it is all too easy to feel like solving the randomly generated puzzle before you will be a slam-dunk, and that you’ll easily burn through this game and forget about it in no time. But that has proven to be anything but the case as time has gone on.
I’m a sucker for a good puzzle game. My high score on Hexic HD is – and has been forever – more than twice that of anybody else on my friends list. And my sessions with Tetris have continually brought about scores that are simply impossible for mortal, non-professional heroes to achieve. And while Flood-It! may not be a puzzle game of the same stature and recognition of those two other games, it is still fun and a great app to pick up for the iPhone. Especially since the regular edition of Flood-It! is free.
As stated earlier, I’ve only been using the free version for weeks now. However, after realizing how much time I’ve spent playing the game – flooding out a board every time I find myself with a few minutes to spare – I decided to go with the Flood-It! PRO version just to support the developers a little.
Flood-It! PRO sells for all of $1, and it brings a few nice things to the table. You get an “undo” option, which can actually be quite a relief for anyone prone to fat-fingering the touch screen and accidentally hitting the wrong button. The PRO version also offers different sized boards – the free version only allows you to play the ‘small’ sized board, whereas PRO offers to larger sized ones to play on.
All told, anybody who is pinching their pennies will get by just fine with the free version. The gameplay is solid, fun, and hard to put down. The PRO version is really more for folks who just want to do as I did and lend a little financial support to LabPixies for making such a fun little jam. And $1 is still a bargain for what you get there.