Thwart, as interesting as the name may sound, is actually very simply, great looking, fast to learn and fun to play, which is a great start. The idea of the game is to win. Yep, as you would expect, loosing is not the objective of the game but its not as easy as it may sound. You start with an empty grid, 4 squares by 4 squares, almost like mini chess minus the pieces. In these four squares you’re going to place squares of 4 colours. The rules that govern which squares can be placed where are determined by the game mode chosen. So for example, if you choose the Singles game mode, you will only be allowed to place a square next squares of different color, meaning the square of each color must be alone. Hence the “Singles” name. Other game modes include, Doubles, Triples, Quads and several other game modes that I will let you explore on your own. I can reassure you, however, that they are just as fun if not more fun then that ones I’ve mentioned. As you probably guessed, the rules for Doubles, Triples and Quads are as you would expect. Doubles forces only two coloured squares together, Triples forces three, and Quads forces four. The game also allows up to four players to play, however the game itself remain identical and only the label for each player changes.
Overall, the game is great fun and the graphics are pleasing as well. Although it would be much more enjoyable to really take advantage of the large iPad screen and offer more grid dimensions. Perhaps a 6×6 grid or 8×8. Something that would really get your brain going and allow for a longer multi-player battle. Other then that, Thwart is definitely something to check out if you’re looking to pass some time.
Check out Thwart for iOS on the App Store!