Flip + Pirate Factory is a fun, casually paced game where you solve puzzles to help assemble new robots at the local Pirate Factory. Available for Windows 10 Mobile, the game presents you with a board filled with colored and white tiles. The goal of Flip + Pirate Factory is to flip the tiles to change the board into a solid color.
While this sounds easy, you can only flip the white tiles and whenever you tap a block, it flips its own color and its neighbors color on a cross shape. Flip + Pirate Factory has over 180 puzzles to solve where the challenges go from simple and easy to crazy hard. Each puzzle requires a little strategy and with each completed puzzle, energy is transferred and used to build robots.
Flip + Pirate Factory is one of those puzzle games that is easy to pick up and learn, but difficult to master. Graphics are colorful and puzzle play can drive you nuts. The free gaming title is perfect when you need to waste some time.
Flip + Pirate Factory greets you with a modest primary menu that has a menu button in the upper right corner of the display that provides access to the game's settings and a play button resting center screen to jump into gameplay. The settings menu offers options to mute the sound and music, visit the gaming shop, view the About screen and reset the gaming progress.
The Flip + Pirate Factory shop has in-app purchase opportunities for tokens that can be used to buy hints that can be used during gameplay.
Speaking of gameplay, the first few puzzle levels are tutorial in nature. These beginning levels walk you through the rules of play. Each puzzle is a collection of colored and white tiles. Your job is to tap on the white tiles to flip them to their colored side, creating a solid field of colored tiles. The puzzle challenge is that when you tap on a tile, it flips its own color and its neighbors' colors on a cross shape. That is the adjacent tiles above, below and to the sides will flip.
You need to find a strategy to flip the white tiles without disturbing the entire puzzle board. There are a few timed games in the mixed, but for the most part, you can solve the puzzle with as many moves as necessary. If you run out of moves, you fail the level and if you need a nudge in the right direction. A hint button rests in the lower left corner of the gaming screen.
Every time you solve a puzzle, a portion of a new robot is assembled. In solving all the levels, the new robot assembly is complete and you advance to the next robot. Each new robot presents you with slightly challenging puzzles. Some levels require you to solve a number of puzzles within a set time (10 puzzles in 20 seconds, etc.) that can be a handful. Twenty seconds can go by in the blink of an eye.
Flip + Pirate Factory is an entertaining gaming title that isn't very complicated to learn but is a challenge to master. The early puzzle levels can breeze by quickly, but the more difficult puzzles test your skills at strategy and planning. While the robots are an interesting element of the game, the puzzles give the game an addictive pull.
Flip + Pirate Factory is a free game and available for Windows 10 Mobile. It is a challenging and fun title to have in your gaming library when you need a little help passing the time.
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