Disjoint is kind of like a Yankai’s Peak for those after an easier, cuter ride.
Just like Kenny Sun’s recent masterpiece, Disjoint concerns itself with the interlinked rotational movement of equilateral triangles.
Here, though, the solutions are always more readily apparent and less convoluted – not to mention that they’re charmingly presented
With each puzzle in Disjoint you must move a couple of triangles into their designated parking bays.
You do this by swiping and holding to set them rotating. As long as there’s a fellow triangle within range to hook onto, they’ll scuttle along their jagged route.
The main challenge early on is to do so in the fewest moves possible, but after a while you’ll begin to encounter special blocks with their own rules.
There are surfaces that instantly lock a triangle in place, requiring you to execute elaborate bridging manoeuvres. You also come across triangles that are fixed to a certain spot, limiting their movement potential.
The important thing here is the balance. Each puzzle I’ve encountered has been eminently solvable in a pretty short time, but it still manages to make you feel clever.
A puzzling story
That accessibility continues with Disjoint‘s presentation. An inordinate amount of effort has gone into creating a story to frame an abstract puzzler, but the results are impressive regardless.
This is the tale of a shipwrecked pig and a hobo setting out together to save the pig’s wife. How this ties in with shuffling triangles around a blank void I’m still not entirely clear.
What matters is that it’s done with real style. The art work is delightful, and you physically drag back and forth between the scenes like a digital comic book.
The narrative, meanwhile, is related in rhyming verse.
Incongruous? Definitely, and some puzzle fans will doubtless find that these sections do little more than get in the way of the puzzling.
Snout bad at all
Disjoint is one of the more straightforward, sedate puzzlers I’ve played in recent times.
It’s certainly not for hardcore puzzle fans, who are unlikely to find the gentle learning curve and twee story interludes to their taste.
But for your average mobile gamer looking for something a little different to tickle their brains, it’s a thoroughly pleasant way to while away a few minutes.