Galactic Untangle HD for iPad - app review

Galactic Untangle HD for the iPad is a puzzle game. It is simple, yet challenging, and can easily keep you occupied for hours.

In each level, you are a given a bunch of points connected by lines, and your goal is to move the points around until there are no lines crossing. In mathematical terms, you are given a graph and it is your job to rearrange the vertices until no edges are crossing, i.e., result with a planar representation of the graph. This game is very strait-forward and simple, but not generally easy to beat. As you progress, the graphs become much more complicated and difficult to beat.

There are two modes in Galactic Untangle HD. In "free mode", there is no stress of being timed and you can relax and play at a leisurely pace. In "challenge mode" you are being timed and you have an option to submit your score to the world scoreboard. However, even though you are asked to enter your name, the world scoreboard does not display names. As someone who holds a few of the records, I find this annoying.

Galactic Untangle is an excellent game. It is designed well and looks beautiful on the iPad's screen. It has a simple objective, yet challenging gameplay. And best of all, it's a fun way to give your brain some exercise!

Video and screenshots after the break!

Pros

  • Fun and easy to play
  • Simple objective
  • Challenging
  • World scoreboard

Cons

  • No landscape support
  • Scoreboard does not display names

[$1.99 - iTunes link]

TiPb iPad 4.5-star rated

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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Galactic Untangle HD for iPad - app review

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Why don't many games support landscape Arghhhhh it's so frustrating I always browse the web in landscape then I launch a game and it's sideways on me.

I got this game for the iPhone an I love it. It's a real brain stretcher. When I get an iPad this will be one of the first games I get. I would love a bigger screen for this game.

Thanks for this one!
Got it for my iphone last night and had a late night untangeling :)
Excellent simple nut addictive game. Bring on new levels!