I recently received a request to review Zenfold, a mobile puzzle game created by a local team called Overhook Games. Not being an avid gamer, I turned to Mitchell Cole, owner & founder of (also local) FANatics Gaming & Entertainment for his expert opinion. Read on to find out why he calls Zenfold “devilishly fun.”
Developer & Publisher: Overhook Games
Platform: Android, IOS
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer
Genre: Puzzle – Origami
Free to Play
“It’s a meditative puzzle game inspired by origami and tangrams.”
Zenfold is a mobile game from Kansas City local, Overhook Games. Solve simple to complex puzzles, following a guideline for the completed shape. Over 100 different puzzles across 10 unique worlds are included.
Simple Yet Effective
Zenfold plays as a simple puzzle game stylized after the popular hobby, origami. Progress you way through puzzles including animals, diamonds, & other shapes that become increasingly more difficult as you move on. The first 3 worlds are free-to-play and is a great demo to help you decide if you want to pay the extra $0.99 to unlock each subsequent world thereafter.
The graphics are simple but lovely. I enjoyed the color palette swap feature and felt that for such a simple game, the look is clean and each origami piece you create is easily identifiable. Controls are a breeze to learn and use. Simple swipes are responsive to each piece-set for each puzzle. Players begin to catch on and will find themselves following the pattern with detail.
The soundtrack for Zenfold is only so much and many times, trite and overly-repetitive. At one point during my playthrough, the audio stopped playing and I found I was able to focus more without the music for distraction. For a base, free-to-play model, it is no more than I would expect however.
A personal misgiving I experienced was that I felt Zenfold made origami unrealistically too simple with a few folded squares and, in 30 seconds, you have a beautiful digital origami piece that you could never have made so easily in real life. I feel it would’ve been an even better app for teaching you how to create origami rather than just a game based upon a origami puzzle game.
Story: D | Graphics: A | Audio: B- | Replay: A | Controls: A
Overall, Zenfold is a fun little game that is simple to start but at times is devilishly fun. It was hard to put down until I finished each world in the free-to-play worlds. If you are a puzzle fan or a fan of origami, Zenfold is a fun distraction and maybe even worth the paid-for levels as well. The price will certainly not break anyone’s bank.
About the Author:
Mitchell Cole is the Owner/Founder of Kansas City-based FANatics Gaming & Entertainment, an independent, digital publishing & distribution gaming company which offers game reviews and a complimentary digital magazine. Read more about them in “Putting the Fan in FANatics.”