Strata Review: Your Moment of Zen

October 2, 2014 by

In a world full of fast paced action and twitchy gaming, Strata is a wonderful puzzle game to help you relax and de-stress.

Developer: Graveck
PublisherGraveck
Review Platform: PC (Steam)
Review Copy Provided By:  Graveck
Release Date: May 29, 2014

Every now and then we find the need to take a break from the fast paced action games and epic dramas in favor of something a bit more relaxing and cleansing. Strata combines a simple interface with soothing musical tones to create a puzzle game that is not only challenging but also relaxing at the same time. The premise is simple, layer colored ribbons to match the pattern on the grid, making sure the top most ribbon’s color corresponds with the square below it. Each time you place a ribbon the game will play a soft, soothing musical tone and at times it feels like you’re creating your own music as you play. It starts out with the tutorial gently guiding you through the mechanics of game play and teaching you how to weave together the different colored ribbons. It may sound easy, but pretty soon the game becomes incredibly tricky.

This is only the third level of puzzles Strata has to offer.
This is only the third level of puzzles Strata has to offer.

Each level blends seamlessly into the next and it’s pretty easy to find yourself playing for hours instead of just a few minutes. Each level offers a bigger grid to play on (2×2, 3×3, 4×4…etc.) and different colored ribbons to play with to keep your eyes from getting bored. The difficulty curve is gentle enough that you won’t usually find yourself hitting a sudden wall and not being able to move forward, but don’t expect Strata to go easy on you. It offers hundreds of levels with constantly increasing difficulty and size. The game also allows you to remove a ribbon without restarting the whole level if you’ve messed up your choice, which is incredibly helpful at higher levels. However, if you’re a bit of a completionist you will notice that if you manage to complete a level without pulling back a ribbon you’ll get a ‘perfect’ score for it so maybe the reset button would be your best bet.

A simple 4x4 grid with only two colors can still get a little confusing.
A simple 4×4 grid with only two colors can still get a little confusing.

Strata is available for all platforms – Windows, Mac, Linux, Windows Phone, Android and iOS – and you can get it directly from Graveck on their website for $3.99, via Steam, or on your mobile store of choice. I highly recommend Strata for anyone who wants a puzzle game to help them relax or pass the time while on the bus or at a doctor’s office. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!

Review Overview

4.5/5

Strata is perfect if you're looking for a game that will go at your pace and help you unwind after a long day while still keeping your mind sharp.

About Gwynn Hamilton

Gwynn lives in Beaverton, Oregon under the keen scrutiny of 3 cats with no hope of escape. Her mother handed her a controller before she could read and she never once looked back.