Fire Maple Games has a special talent with point-and-click adventure titles. The team's latest effort, Mosaika, retains the tap-based formula established in The Lost City and The Secret of Grisly Manor, sending you to a mysterious world with a simple goal in mind. This time around, though, the Myst-like experience is more streamlined, with puzzles that don't go out of their way to twist your gray matter into knots.
A crash in the next room wakes you from an unsteady sleep, and suddenly you realize there are strange symbols above the fireplace in your uncle's home. You soon discover a secret world hidden behind the wall, one filled with magic, intrigue, and strange contraptions with missing pieces. You begin your journey through Mosaika with one thought: what's that frog doing here, why was it waiting for me, and why can it talk?
Tap points on the path or the edges of the screen to navigate through Mosaika. You can zoom in on certain areas to take a closer look, pressing the circular arrow to zoom back out when you're done. Tap the backpack icon to open the inventory where you can examine or use items, check your journal, or get a quick clue about what to do next. You won't get stuck often, but the built-in hint system does a great job of pointing you in the right direction when you need it.
Mosaika feels very much like Fire Maple's previous releases. Things are a bit simpler this time around, though. Puzzles aren't as intricate, requiring a minimum number of inventory items and featuring a solution that can be found elsewhere in the game. The answers are never thrown in your face, so you still have to do a bit of thinking to find the solution. You won't feel frustration, only excitement and success. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous, and the atmosphere of slow, quiet exploration keeps you engaged from beginning to end.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Nexus 4. 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.