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KimberlyWhen you're not in the mood to have your intelligence judged by your puzzle game, try out Shapist, an innovative sliding block puzzle by Ori Takemura and Dmitry Kurilchenko. Shapist won't time you, or give you a score dependent on how many moves you make. It's just you and the puzzle. Think Rush Hour mingled with Tetris but with shapes that do more than just slide, and you'll have the basic idea of what the game is like.

ShapistThe goal is to completely uncover the lighter grey rectangle by sliding the blocks until none of them are touching it. The rectangle will turn green once you've solved the puzzle; simply click it to continue to the next level. Use your mouse to drag the shapes around, though some can be manipulated in other ways as well. Some will temporarily shrink, while others are able to be rotated, among other things. If you find yourself stuck, or just want to start over, click the yellow arrows in the corner. Unfortunately, you can't skip over a level if you get stuck for too long. Nothing can ruin the zen puzzle state more quickly than getting frustrated with the level you're on and not being able to progress because of it.

Shapist will put your block manipulation abilities to the test, and it's a great new twist on an old puzzle.

Play Shapist

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 2. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.


baileydonk March 19, 2014 12:14 AM

Tried to play the demo, and it apparently was stuck in the loading phase long enough that I gave up. Tried IE, Firefox, and Chrome.

Anyone have any luck?


If you click on the word Demo on the bottom there is an option to download the demo for desktop in case you are having problems in the browser. The browser demo is around 2mb in size should not take long to load but just in case feel free to download the demo. Thank you!

thegreatescaper March 19, 2014 3:45 AM

It's a great game, but the level difficulties were inconsistent. Levels changed between ridiculously easy and impossibly hard, almost randomly.

It is also pretty easy to glitch with rotating blocks and springs, causing the pieces to explode out of the play area and leave only a few pieces behind. I also experienced some issues with a certain level that did not recognize that I wasn't covering the goal.

Overall the puzzles are good, but a few bugs need to be fixed and maybe a few more 10 minute levels rather than ones that either take you seconds or days.


using firefox on mac 10.9.2. IT WON'T OPEN!!! At All. I get to the main menu, click play demo, then loads, And Does Nothing Else. PLEASE FIX THIS!!!!!

iceebear March 21, 2014 3:13 AM

It wont load. It sits there saying it loading and does nothing more.


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