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Review: Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats

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Puzzle games are wonderfully relaxing yet taxing for your mind. They come in all shapes and sizes and can be brilliantly simple or overwhelmingly difficult. Furthermore, they can test each part of your mind with the array of problems on offer. No matter which puzzle style you like, you won’t find anything more adorable than Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats.

Developed by YAW Studios and published by QUByte Interactive, this is a minimalist picture puzzle title. It isn’t a game that’ll test your mathematical prowess, nor will it demand hours of logical thinking. No, instead, you’ll tweak the spatial part of your brain as you reconstruct every image before you.

Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is rewarding.

I haven’t played such a relaxing game in a long time. Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is a gloriously simple puzzle title. Its casual approach and minimalist style capture your attention from the start. Furthermore, its beautiful imagery makes it attractive for younger players as well. Consequently, my children were fascinated as we adjusted the puzzle to discover each secret picture.

The game comprises 2 distinct categories and these are cat pictures and an array of other animals. Both options contain 20 puzzles with 2 difficulty settings. The first playthrough asks you to twist each section of the picture to create the foreground of the image. The second attempt, on the other hand, is tougher and more unusual as the background contains more details. However, neither of them is too challenging, yet I found completing each puzzle to be a rewarding experience.

So many surreal images.
So many dreamy images.

Helpful hints. 

Though many of the problems lacked challenge, you’ll still need the occasional helping hand. Luckily, the developers are generous as there is a helpful hint system that points you in the right direction. This was an essential tool for any younger players and it will be invaluable to them. Unfortunately, many of the pictures rely on minor details and 100% accuracy to complete them. Therefore, with many strange shapes to look at, it was easy to overlook the discrepancies. Fortunately, though, the hint system allows inexperienced gamers to get on with it with minimal risk.

The relaxing nature of Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is its unique selling point. Accordingly, I applaud the developers for their understated mechanics and easy-to-understand puzzles. However, I yearned for so much more and consequently wished there was a challenging option to push older gamers. Yes, I loved what I experienced, yet I wanted more! I was desperate for it to evolve past the rudimentary twisting of squares and matching of lines. Sadly, that never happened. However, perhaps additional and tougher content will be added to address this later.

The monochromatic imagery is simple, yet striking.
Monochromatic simplicity at its best.

Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is gorgeous. 

A game rarely makes me stop and admire what I’m looking at. Normally, I enjoy what I observe, but I don’t see the beauty. However, Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats slaps you in the face with its Anime cat imagery and stunning depiction of nature. The game wonderfully blends minimalist monochromatic outlines with vivid and striking pictures. Consequently, the reward for solving each problem was a bright and elegant image that make all the effort worthwhile.

The desire to create a calm and relaxing environment is enhanced thanks to the chilled out audio. The calm music ensures you never feel rushed, and this was wonderful. What’s more, there are no sound effects to distract you from the task at hand.

Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats uses many random images.
Kitty tea party time.

Great user-friendly controls. 

A simple concept needs a straightforward control setup. Fortunately, Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats has just that. You’ll quickly understand the fundamentals and you’ll have it mastered in no time. This was particularly great for younger gamers, as they can enjoy it with minimal assistance or supervision. 

I loved everything about it except its lack of replay value. Once you have completed every puzzle and seen every image, there is no reason to return. It was a shame there were no further game modes or challenges to tackle. I believe the developers could have included a speedrun or limited moves option to increase the difficulty. Had this been included, it would have increased longevity exceptionally.

Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is simple but wonderful. 

Games don’t always require a complex and in-depth story to be great. This is proven in Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats as it’s simple but wonderful at the same time. I adored its minimalist approach, basic controls, and calming audio. What’s more, it’s brilliant for all the family and that’s a massive positive. Consequently, I loved it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you twist the images and piece together each picture? Join the lines and unveil the secrets in front of you. 

SUMMARY

Hidden Shapes: Animals + Lovely Cats is a beautiful and relaxing puzzle title. Twist the monochromatic lines and piece together the outlines of each stunning picture. Its simple mechanics make it a wonderful game for players of all abilities.


+ Striking images.
+ Minimalist approach.
+ Relaxed and stripped back audio.
+ Simple controls.
+ Great for younger players.
+ Rewarding gameplay.

- I wanted more.
- A speedrun or limited moves mode are missing.

(Rating: PEGI 3 Release date: 14/04/2022 Price: £3.29)


(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.)

Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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