Zen Bound 2

The premise is a simple one: turn a cube (or geometric figure made of metal or wood) this way and that, in order to wrap said shape in a rope that magically paints every surface it touches.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is complete and total PWNAGE.

Of the geometric shape.

By the paint…

Easier said than done, because if you’ll take a look see at some of the shapes below,  you’ll notice all of the nooks and crannies that the painting rope has to reach.


Oh, have I mentioned that you only get a certain length of rope to work with?



You can only advance to a certain extent (without winning) before you’re locked out, btw.



Each level is a tree, and each obstacle in that level is a shape, which is represented by a tag with three cherry blossoms next to it.

See how the flowers are closed in the shot directly below?


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That means I haven’t (yet) trounced this particular shape.

(But I will, just you wait, lovey.)

You get one cherry blossom for reaching 70%, two for reaching 85 percent, and three for reaching 99%.

Why all this talk of pink flowers, though?

It’s simple: you can’t progress to the next level or the next tree, actually unless you meet a certain number of cherry blossoms.

(UPDATE: Since the writing of this review, a version was released that has not-pink flowers in it, as well, so that’s that, eh?)

This can get very frustrating, and lead to excessive replaying of all of the easiest levels, in order to at the very least get three flowers from them.

I actually adore this game, and have it on my iMac, iPad, and two other Gadgets That Shall Not Be Named For the Moment. In fact, I have the original version of all the games that went into this latest Universal App. That says lots about the developers, because there’s lots of those who DO charge you for each device (ahem, Hydra).

That said, if you’ve ever gotten your hands banged up, playing on a trackpad will be pretty frustrating, especially in not-full-screen-mode.

The music is alternately soothing and infuriating–based upon, I’d imagine, one’s level of Epic FLAIL at the time. (Which, in my case… Sigh.)

Oh, and last but not least…

Tying up that glowing nail at the end is the ONLY way to, like, end that shape-game. (Yes, this glowing nail over here.)

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So if you were having too much fun rocking out to the tunes, you’ll end up like Buddha from the last collage thing above.

Or, just, here you go:

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(No glowing nail for HIM, yo.)

Anyway, you don’t need to hear Sally’s Yammering About Why This App Rocks (coz I’ve already yammered enough for one day), SO, do yourself a favour and check out the shots below–or just get on down to the App Store and give these geniuses $2.99 (or whatever it’s going for today) and take ZB2 HOME, already!

(No, I’m not getting anything for saying that. EXCEPT the happiness that you shall soon be just as happy with the game as am I. Muahaha.