(6 votes) *Average rating will show after 20 votes
| Comments (15) | Views (12)

CombolingComboling is an original puzzle game that was conceived by Jérôme Lulling in the mid-80's by examining tiles on the bathroom floor. He eventually teamed up with Dmitry Irsheins to help bring his idea to life, and the result of the collaboration is this remarkable Flash game.

The gameplay is quite simple: link each of the marked tiles either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally without reusing a tile or jumping over any other marked tiles.

And while the concept is simple enough to grasp, this Flash implementation of the game is exceptional, thus proving that execution can be as important as the idea itself.

Everything about this game is polished, from the intro to the interfaces—yes, there are two 'skins' of the game available to choose from. There is even a practice mode available to get familiar with the gameplay before getting started. Once you start a game, a timer counts down giving you 25 minutes with which to solve 25 levels. And if you think you are going to memorize the solutions so that you can whiz through it a second time, you have another think coming: All of the levels are dynamically generated, and therefore every game you play will be unique.

I suggest begining with the alternate interface the first time through. The default skin shows no grid and it may be difficult at first to know when tiles are truly diagonal from one another.

What I would change: the New Game button on both interfaces is too close to the play field. I inadvertently restarted a game after having completed several levels. At the very least, a confirmation dialog is necessary to avoid losing a game in progress.

Also, the small squares that are drawn connecting the tiles as you click is a nice effect, but they serve no useful purpose. I would prefer seeing a thin solid line, begining from the tile I start with, and then connecting each tile in succession. That way I could retrace my steps easily when I needed to restart a level.

Yet another simple idea turned into addictive gameplay through its execution and its interface. Comboling is a beautiful game, and yet it is deceptively difficult. Throw in dynamic levels and a time limit to the mix and what you have is a 25 minute challenge that you can return to time and time again. Click.


The game won't load... :( it's stuck at 40%

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Jack - close the window and try it again. I think it was a problem on your end. I just tried the link myself after clearing my cache and the entire game downloaded in less than 1 second.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Lvl 23 stumped me :P

You cant play the game twice, or youll know the solution. If the levels were different every time, it would be a much longer played game. Otherwise a very original piece!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hmm, apparently you didn't read my review of the game. =/

The levels are dynamically generated. Which means that can never know the solutions in advance because the game is different every time you play it.


Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Its good and its bad to use computer generated levels. Its good, like you pointed out, because the game is different each time you play. But its very difficult to generate interesting levels with some algorithm, you may get several simple levels in a row. Human can however design levels, that are challenging even with less squares on stage.

Somehow the game reminded me sudoku, where also its not only how many (or less) numbers are given which creates difficulty of solution, but even more how the given numbers are positioned. It might be only me, because I am currently making game inspired from sudoku, that everything reminds it :)

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

hey jay, do you know any good multi player games over the net, b/c me and my boyfriends play games together and i've run out of things to play

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Lauren - excellent question. I'm going to address it in an entry of its own, with hopes of starting a discussion of good multiplayer games available. Look for it sometime this weekend.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hi Jay,

I always look forward for your website. I like this kind of puzzle game, especially ones that you can redo or "refresh" without penalty. You're right about the connecting tiny squares; a line would be much better. Sometimes I forget where I started or ended.

An additional point is there could be an option for timed and untimed games (not practice sessions). For example, the tournament could be timed but a regular game could be untimed. And the practice or regular game could include all 25 levels, unlike the current 15 levels.

I like the pretty interface. And the fact that the default interface includes no grid make the game more challenging to see whether the two squares are diagnal from each other. At this point, I must admit that I'm still hooked on Planarity, as slow as it gets (and it gets excruciatingly slow).

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

2 days... and no new game? Jay must be dead!
Oh, and I beat the game :P

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It seems that the URL is down.


Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
***N.J. E$HA*** Author Profile Page June 21, 2007 1:24 AM

Do the levels change everytime you start over?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
eyepersonic October 11, 2007 12:34 PM

huau what a lovely game!

so much style in its simplicity vs. dificulty..
this is a puzzle type game i'll come back over and over in the future, as entertaining as solitaire but in a more abstract level.

from the idea to the actual implementation - my respect!
very very good!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

HAPPY! I beat the game!
BTW: does anyone write any comments after the fact? I feel like I've been talking to a brick wall...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Fun little game! Unfortunately if you don't get one level, it completely restarts your game. :( (Or maybe idk how to go to the next one... ah well.)

Fun all the same. :D

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
Surface: Game of Gods> Dora You've been invited to play a strange new game, but when all your friends are sucked inside it, you quickly realize the stakes are higher than you ever dreamed. A gorgeous, cinematic, and creepy-cool hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games.  ...
Sneaky Sneaky> Lori.h Just as you escape with your best haul yet, a group of thugs stop you before you can spend your reward. Sneak around to recollect your loot and trick your enemies to meet their makers sooner than they would have liked and if you do so strategically, perhaps you'll end up with more than you stole in the first place. And isn't that every thief's dream?  ...
1 Comment
Crossy Road> Dora Endless arcade action meets classic Frogger style gameplay in this free iOS game where you control a series of hapless unlockable creatures trying to cross some very busy and very deadly roads and rapids. With a sense of humor and vibrant voxel graphics, it's both charming and hard to put down.  ...
Find the Escape-Men Part 126: The Special Property> Dora The apartment in this escape game's rent is suspiciously low, and there's a weird smell here too... so it's probably not a good sign your realtor has locked you inside! Experience a whole lot of weirdness (and a jump scare or two) in this very silly game from no1game.  ...

Recent Comments


Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Surface: Game of Gods

Your Favorite Games edit

Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 All Rights Reserved.

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!