Simple interface, challenging puzzles. That's the bread and butter of any truly addictive puzzle game. Yeti CGI's new title Fracture has this "easy to learn, hard to master" formula down pat. Simply click the little blue dot to send it from point to point in each starry constellation tracing simple geometric shapes. That's the easy part. The hard part is tracing each shape while not repeating yourself. Do it once and get a score deduction. Do it twice and lose the line forever. If you've found yourself hooked on mellow puzzlers like 2048 or its deluge of imitators in the past few weeks, Fracture is going to be right up your alley.
The folks at Yeti CGI have crafted an extremely minimalistic experience, but done it with such care it becomes compelling. Cute, basic sound effects reward each completed shape. You start reacting to every success with a little Pavlovian endorphin high. This, of course, makes every failure all the more rage-inducing. You'll palm your forehead more than once trying to wrap your brain around the increasingly complex pathways. Later levels feature even more obstacles, like tiny red dots that meander across the lines, causing instant failure if you touch them and forcing you adapt your carefully planned route on the fly. This would be a hell of a time waster if there were a mobile version (hint hint, Yeti CGI!). As it stands, Fracture gives you exactly as much as you're willing to give it. It might not break the bank the way 2048 did, but it's got charm and challenge and really, what else do you want from a puzzler?