Have you ever played Tetris and thought to yourself, "I could be a wizard at this if only I had time to think!" In Planaris, a free puzzle game for your browser or Android device by Bryce Summer, you can do just that. The goal is survival and high score. Click to place a piece on the playing field, and push [X] to rotate it. When you make a complete line, horizontally or vertically, it will disappear, leaving you more space to refill. Unlike Tetris, the pieces are static, and won't fall to the bottom of the board. Push the [space bar] to put a piece in your pocket to save it for later, and hit it again to swap it out for use. No matter how good you are, at some point you have to decide when and where to put an ill fitting piece. The game is over when you can no longer place a piece on the board.
Maybe, however, you are one who enjoys a faster paced game. For you, multiplier and survival modes are unlocked after getting a high enough score on normal mode. In multiplier mode you get more points the faster you place your block. In survival mode, if you wait too long to place the piece, your game ends. Eventually locks will start to appear on the grid. These dastardly things serve to block you from completing lines, and can thwart your best laid plans. You can remove locks from the board by finishing a line next to them. The colors on the polished looking board constantly fade in to one another, giving a nice ambiance, which you can turn off if you prefer. There's also nice relaxing music to help you get in the zone, though it can start to get repetitive after a long game. It's immensely satisfying to go from near death to suddenly clearing out a large chunk of the board in a few moves. Simple and elegant, Planaris is a great little puzzle game when you need a time-out during your day.