NEW VERSION UPLOADED 2014-04-24 with a new drag and drop mechanism which should not affect other tiles during the moves.
Francis Davidson Paul knows you're a discerning sort when it comes to puzzle games. One only has to look at your multiple monocles, spats, and Instagram account of all your food to know you demand games that are smoother. Sleeker. Swankier. That's why Interactive Puzzle is such a pleasure to play. Despite its simple and somewhat familiar concept, its gorgeous presentation and easy drag and drop mechanics make it the perfect break style game. In each stage (with levels available in easy, medium, and hard flavour) the goal is to recreate the animated image by dragging and dropping tiles in the correct order. The catch is most images have some sort of element that responds to your cursor, allowing you to use it to help determine where tiles should sit. You can click "preview" at any time to see the way the image is supposed to look, and you have ten hints for the entire game that, when spent, will mark whatever tile you're supposed to place from left to right, top to bottom, in first place, second, and so forth.
The main frustration you might have while playing is that dragging tiles around the field disrupts the order of the ones you've placed, which makes one wonder if a simple "tap two tiles to swap" mechanic might not have been tidier. There hints also feel oddly restrictive, though the game is so short it doesn't really matter. While some levels are simple animations of birds, kites, and so forth, you also have things like a stage that literally paints behind you as you move from two different points, cars that react to your cursor in ways that allow you to use their tracks as clues, and so forth. It makes you wish the game were longer to showcase even more of those clever little concepts, or that the increase in difficulty meant more elaborate levels. It's practically begging for a bigger, more elaborate installment in the future, since its developer clearly has a lot of interesting ideas for crafting really fun stages. In the meantime, however, Interactive Puzzle may borrow mechanics and ideas we've seen before, but its beautiful presentation and dynamic levels make this one we hope we see more from in the future.