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  • Summary: Lose yourself in the world of QatQi (pronounced “cat-key”), a gorgeous and meticulously crafted word game that pleases the senses and tests the limits of your lexicon. Frustrated with the lack of innovation in other word games, indie designer Chris Garrett developed QatQi to freshen up the genre with never-before-seen gameplay, an elegant interface, dazzling art, and otherworldly music that changes as you play. In a word, it’s INSPIRED (161 points.)QatQi offers more than just laying down tiles and reaping the rewards. Game puzzles form a “map” for players to explore, uncovering bonuses and avoiding barriers as they link letters together. It’s easy to learn, but offers a new kind of strategic depth for the genre. Bolstered by robust statistics and enticing social features, QatQi is a complete package for word game lovers eager for something new.Beyond the innovations in gameplay and scoring, QatQi is an audiovisual tour de force with art and music that can be appreciated even without words. The game’s puzzles will have you racking your brain, but its ethereal aesthetics will leave you in a state of zen.QatQi features:? Novel “map” mechanics — Explore each puzzle by laying out tiles to spell words across increasingly intricate rooms and corridors. Special squares offer big bonuses, but require some smooth wordsmithing to reach.? Smart, scaling difficulty — Sunday levels can be brutal, but QatQi eases players in with simple puzzles and an intuitive tutorial. If you’re backed into a corner — sometimes literally — take another try with an Undo. ? Size up your spelling — Compare your performance with players in your city or across the globe using QatQi’s cater-made scoring system. Post automatically and view full breakdowns — all without disruptive logins or passwords.? Vaunt your vocab — When you top the charts in your area or drop a high-scoring word like MOUNTAINEERING (461 points), QatQi will make a personally framed screenshot for you to boast over Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS — all from within the game.? Data to die for — To boost your scores, explore a beautiful interactive stats page that provides key metrics after each puzzle. Even as a novice word-slinger, QatQi’s granular breakdowns will give you something to aim for.? Fresh content, always — QatQi offers new levels every day of the week, scaling up in difficulty from Monday to Sunday. Past levels are archived for access anytime.? Audiovisual bliss — Artist Kun Chang, who created the artwork for the hit game Osmos, lends a striking sensibility to the game board and menus. Complementing the looks is an original, spectral score that builds in complexity as you move through more difficult puzzles. Expand
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    Extremely well executed and addictive. [March 2013, p.27]
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    So beguiling, so entrancing that the intrusion of something as mundane as money, blundering in to break the glamour, seems almost perverse -- But it does. A shame that the result is pockmarks on the face of perfection.
  3. Nov 28, 2012
    Depth, strategy, and looks, all wrapped around tried-and-testing word-building mechanics-that's QatQi for you.
  4. Nov 18, 2012
    QatQi is a great relaxing word game that has taken the next step in the evolution of the genre.
  5. Nov 20, 2012
    It's a very simple idea, but a good one. QatQi offers a different type of word game challenge, and flourishes for it. All the better for being free to download, and exceptionally easy to dive into for short or long sessions.
  6. Dec 5, 2012
    QatQi is a fun and immensely stylish word puzzler, though its solo Scrabble gameplay isn't quite as innovative or compelling as its presentation would suggest.
  7. Nov 27, 2012
    It can be prohibitively tedious on the harder levels, or when you want to optimize your score. Furthermore, if you play too much, you can exhaust your stock of undos. Oh, look, QatQi will sell you more thanks to the miracle of Apple's in-app purchasing feature. Et tu, QatQi?

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  1. Dec 1, 2012
    I love this game and I hate this game! It's so beautiful and soothing and challenging that I lose all track of time when I'm playing. I've spent hours upon hours upon hours getting the little squares on my Main Menu dial to all be the same color. -- and then when they Are all the same color, it's time to move on to the next 'day' puzzles. Highly recommended and hope to someday be able to compete directly against my friends. ---Writer Millie Camille, find my dirty books on the Kindle store! Expand
  2. Dec 1, 2012
    This game is so much fun! It's been a very long time since I got hooked on a word game, but this one is oddly beautiful and the early-in-the-week puzzles are very easy. I like to do them and listen to the game's music while I'm falling asleep at night - and I NEVER keep the sound on with games, but the music here is new-agey and relaxing. Also, I never thought an iPhone game (of all things) could break my addiction to Zynga computer games, but I haven't played Castleville since Qatqi came out, and I don't miss it at all! Collapse