Puzzlers are one of the most prominent genres in the mobile market. As such, this makes being unique extremely difficult.
So, when Jhulo was presented as a part of this year's Very Big Indie Pitch in Bangalore, it was hard not to instantly take note.
Feel the rhythm
Taking its inspiration from swinging motion of a pendulum, Jhulo tasks players with swinging a variety of balls in unison so that they don’t smash into each other, and consequently break the chain.
It's a fascinating concept, and one that not only requires the player to analyse and deconstruct the situation, but also utilise a sense of timing, and even rhythm, in order to be victorious.
As such, to refer to Jhulo as simply a puzzle title doesn't do it justice, its honestly more of a puzzle meets rhythm title.
On the face of it Jhulo seems like it shouldn't be too hard.
However in truth, it's actually an experience that begins deceptively simple, but grows and grows in complexity thanks to some excellent pacing, and the constant addition of new mechanics,
In fact, it won't be long before you’ll be staring at a puzzle not knowing where to start.
However, this is where Jhulo shows the addictive heart that lies within its gameplay, and just like any good puzzler, players will find themselves getting closer and closer to the solution through a process of trial and error.
All of which comes together for a completely satisfying experience, especially when you see all of the the different balls swinging in perfect unison.
Jhulo is currently available on iOS whereby players can play the first 50 levels for free, before having the option to purchase an additional 50.
That's not all though, as not only is an Android version coming in the next few months, but the game’s developer also plans to add further graphical enhancements.
All in all, if you love puzzle games but have been dying for a brand new experience, then you'll certainly want to give Jhulo a go. It certainly left me completely mesmerised.