Want a text-based puzzle game that will stretch your brain, help you relax, and maybe even teach you new words? Sticky terms is the game you are looking for.
Created by 28-year-old iOS game developer Philipp Stollenmayer, it’s a scratchy, playable word lexicon that covers a wide range of languages. The game presents each word like a puzzle, torn into two to five pieces. It’s up to you, the player, to organize them into one complete word. No timer, failure or high score applies.
And you know what? It’s a bit addicting.
As with many puzzle games, the idea behind Sticky terms Is simple. But it’s the execution that makes it fun. Words are not well divided into letters like an anagram. Instead, the letters themselves tear apart. What looks like an “F” could actually be an “E” or a “C” could be a “G”.
At the end, once the letters have settled into place satisfactorily, you get a translation of your word into the language it is in. Although you won’t learn another language while playing Sticky terms, you could learn some nifty slang.
Sticky terms will make you think
“Comedy Central has these commercial micro bumpers, which are just animated typography, reacting to a specific scene,” Stollenmayer, Sticky terms‘creator, said Mac Cult. “I took inspiration from them and started to think about what that did to the meaning of words. I did a few experiments and was fascinated by the perception of the word “concept” when you just clung to the “P” a bit, making it a “gig”. At the time of the snap, he changed his associations, although he didn’t visually change much.
Stollenmayer, who lives in the Netherlands, has already explored contorting typographic games. In the twisted Sometimes you die, written messages form the backdrop to the surreal black and white platform game. At the time of this game’s release, Stollenmayer told me that the game’s unique visuals were inspired by the kind of typographic experiences seen in Jonathan Safran Foer’s book in 2005. Extremely loud and incredibly close.
Sticky terms is much more relaxing than Sometimes you die. But it all carries the same stylish features.
“It’s for commuters who want to be entertained with ease on the train, gamers needing a break from intense boss fights, and sophisticated washroom-goers hungry for some food to think about,” Stollenmayer said. “It’s accessible, not too difficult and without frustration. “
Interested? Sticky terms debuted on Monday. It is available for free in the App Store.