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Musical Android game MrMixIt is innovative but challenging

by Caitlin M. Foyt

The more puzzle games you play, the more they start to feel repetitive. One game that feels especially innovative, though, is MrMixIt, a beat-oriented matching game in which you are a robot DJ.

In the game of MrMixIt, you are beat mixing a track and have to mix or mash-up two records on a turntable so they “sound” good together. To do this, you have to make the puzzle pieces fit to form a complete image. The faster you make a complete song, the higher you rack up the points.

Keeping with the stylish urban theme, the kind of pictures you'll be making on-screen are graffiti stencils that look like basic, everyday objects. While playing, I came upon icons of a bike, house, monkey head, movie camera and even the outline of an old-school Space Invader. To make these pictures line up, just tweak the turntables (they turn in opposite directions) by dragging your finger across the screen.

The real challenge of the game is putting together as many puzzles as possible before time runs out. While there are a lot of puzzle games out there based on strategy and skill, this one involves dumb luck. It's impossible to tell which pieces go together just by glancing at them.

The longer you play, the more puzzle pieces you'll have to choose from — and, just a warning, this gets complicated, fast. Even when you select the right parts, pieces can become difficult to fit together, even when you begin to see what the picture is supposed to be.

To add insult to injury, when you run out of time, the game makes you start over from square one. Regardless of how addicting this game is, after a while I became so frustrated by having to restart yet again that I called it quits.

Overall, though, this is a very different direction for a puzzle game to take, and the change feels quite refreshing. The game could use an update to make the puzzles stick together more naturally. It could also benefit from another that would make things a little less impossible in later levels (perhaps the developer could add power-ups or multiple lives).

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