If a die map doesn’t seem like an interesting idea for a puzzle, think again. With crisp, clean graphics and a minimalist feel and sounds, Dynetzzle removes all distractions and places the puzzle front and center, where it belongs.
The basic idea is simple: a six-sided die can be flattened into a two-dimensional shape, with each side represented by a square cell. Most of the numbers must then be filled in. The only rule is that numbers on opposite sides of the die always add to seven. Therefore, the only possible pairings are one and six, two and five, and three and four. Where it gets tricky is when the puzzle combines, wraps, and otherwise entangles several die maps together, shown by an intuitive color system.
Even at first glance, it is evident that Dynetzzle is beyond comparison to Sudoku or its many variants. It literally twists the mind to try and work out which sides of the die map actually end up on opposite sides in the three-dimensional cube version.
The best aspect of Dynetzzle is the immense visual appeal. Again, the style is minimalist, but that doesn’t mean it is ugly or lacking in any way. It is far more interesting than a lot of obtrusive or unnecessary fluff. What little is there is well designed, artistic, and meaningful. In a puzzle, these are excellent, yet rare qualities.
Another fantastic impression or style is that of freedom. With so many square grids and boring black and white found in other puzzles, it is refreshing that the grid shape is always different, and never feels cramped. On the other hand, neither does it seem overdone – it has just the right splash of color and proportion of elements.
The only drawback here is the low amount of puzzles. The price is reasonable for the content, yet a few more puzzles and even a small soundtrack would have put the game so much closer to perfection. Therefore, Dynetzzle gets a solid four stars.
It is available for Windows, and there is also a free web version, though with even fewer puzzles to solve. One can certainly hope for future puzzle packs to be released, but even at face value, this new puzzle is a great way to keep up the mental exercise. Before too long, this new type of puzzle might just be on a roll.