Get ready because Wellgames just took quilt making to the EXTREME!!!!11!!!onehundredeleven11!!
You thought quilt making was easy, didn’t ya? You thought of old ladies in rocking chairs, huh? Oh, get ready to have your world ROCKED! Get ready for quilting to pwn you stoopid noobs! IT IS ON…
Oh, screw. Who am I kidding? Patchworkz from Wellgames is about as extreme as a pitcher of sweet tea on a hot Summer evening in the South. That’s to say, it’s not at all.
The mechanics of Patchworkz aren’t hard to grasp. In truth, it’s much like solving a jigsaw puzzle with the exception that you don’t have a picture as your guide. Instead, you have randomly selected pieces already placed for you giving you a hint to the final design.
From there, you simply select pieces of the quilt from the bottom and try to put them where they belong.
Making the game easier, the actual pattern on the individual patches isn’t all that important. If you’re trying to make the pattern work with the design, you can do so, but in the end, if the patch is the right size and shape, it will fit; pattern doesn’t matter. This could result in some odd looking final results to your quilt, but it will let your progress to the next level.
There is a timer which might have added to the excitement if the game ended when you ran out of time, but that’s not the case. All the timer really does is help you with your score, which isn’t really all that important to the game (and by not important I mean it has no effect whatsoever).
Yes, Patchworks is about as soothing of a gaming experience as you can get. Even the cool, soft jazz muzak will put you in a supremely relaxed mood.
In the higher levels, you will eventually meet with some frustration as smaller pieces crowded together will reveal the games one major flaw. If you drop a piece too far away from where it is supposed to go, it will just hang there in mid space. But if you drop it close enough to the sweet spot, it will automatically fit itself in. This is great when you are dealing with bigger pieces that are differently shaped and spread apart, but when you have a dozen tiny squares all clustered together, what happens is that the game chooses for your which space to put the piece.
And by choose, I mean choose the space that will piss you off the most, typically the space already occupied by three other tiny squares after you have spent the past ten minutes trying to separate them, and once that fourth piece goes in the exact same spot you get this distinct urge to rip your mouse out of the pc and throw it straight through your computer monitor and then hunt down the maker of this game and kick him in the junk…
(pant. pant. pant)
No, it is a slight annoyance, and one that I hope is fixed in future renditions of the game if they should come, but definitely not so bad as to ruin the experience.
All in all, the flaws discussed above aside, Patchworks is a great time killer game that doubles as a great decompressor. Despite its simple game play and deliberately mellow approach, it’s also addicting as hell and you’ll find yourself saying over and over; “just one more.”
And as we all know, that is the mark of a great casual game.