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Published on March 19th, 2016 | by Derrick

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Dreii

Dreii I must say was the most brilliant, mind bending, frustration yet fun game I’ve played in a while. It was not the graphics but the simplicity that makes it so great. The fact that the game challenges your mind to think the way it does blew me away.

 There were times I honestly felt a little dumb after solving some of the puzzles presented as the concept the developer’s came up with is so simple it laughable when you think about. The challenges presented will make you laugh at the ease of them yet get you frustrated and upset at how complex yet simple the game can be

I had some friends over and we took turns passing around the controller and I have to say it’s one of those games where you just have to figure it out before giving up.   I found myself compelled and kept going back for more and more.  I also see the mental development opportunity for kids that get into this game. The objective is to cover the highlighted area by stacking different shapes circles, squares, rectangles and triangles of all sizes by using a floating character that to me looks like a colorful Shuttlecock from a Badminton set.

The stages all have their levels of difficulty adding challenges from blowing wind to areas of space to work with. The games are a pick up and go no brainer until the challenge’s come into play. I had a blast playing this game and I hope they expand upon the levels in the future.   This game met all the expectations of a puzzle game without a heavily graphic filled environment of distractions.

 I can honest give this game a 5 out of 5.

 

Second Review By

By Joseph K. Saulnier

 

Dreii is a physics-based puzzle game from Etters Studio, and is actually a sequel to the critically acclaimed Drei from 2013. The game is centered on a basic concept; rearrange blocks in each level to cover a glowing circle for a few seconds, then move on to the next level. As you progress through the game, the difficulty also increases, gradually introducing more complex shapes that are tougher to create stable structures with. There’s also the inclusion of a multitude of environmental elements, such as unstable floors and gusts of wind that will frequently endanger the integrity of whatever it that you’re currently building.

 

Dreii is a game that relies heavily on physics, and, luckily enough, it consistently feels well-executed. The shapes have a real sense of weight, making the balancing act feel fairly genuine. If you’re awkward little tower comes tumbling down (and it will, often… more than you want), it scarcely feels like it is the game’s fault. But you should get sulky and frustrated; instead, you’ll need to just grit your teeth and attempt to tackle the problem from a different approach.

 

When first starting Dreii, the player is thrown into the game without any instructions or tutorials.  Essentially, you are left to figure it out alone. But this is a testament to the game’s design. It is so intuitive, and after a minute or so the mechanics will become clear.

 

What’s more, Dreii is a cross-platform game, and also cross-cultural with a universal communication tool that allows players to speak to others, no matter where they are in the world. Each player also has his/her very own instrument, which work as an avatar, but also together with other players to form Dreii’s unique universal orchestra, creating a distinctive musical landscape, inspired by archaic instruments and ancient melodies.

 

Three online players can play in a single game, with the basic idea being for them to work together to stack up objects to reach a certain height. These objects tend to be awkward with lots of strange angles and curved surfaces, leading to boisterous calamity without even a moment’s warning. And yes, three people are needed.  This is, in part, due to the near-impossible stability of the aforementioned towers. But what makes Dreii special is that these three people are brought together as strangers, who often are barely able to communicate with each other, so they also leave the experience as strangers too.

 

The experience of the mesmerizing, and award-winning, world of Dreii, is definitely worth it. Dreii is a puzzle game about skill, logic and friendship. It subtly connects players, in real-time, across the world to help one another in a battle against gravity.

 

4 stars out of 5

 


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