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Formino app review: test your wits



We've got a battle of wits for you to partake in: do you think you've got what it takes? The Formino app can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and gives you a chance to test your wits by solving all kinds of puzzles. There are 360 puzzles for you to work your way through and each requires you to fill in a shape with a series of blocks using pentomino-style blocks. Choose your difficulty level and let the fun begin.

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Jump Into the Puzzles

It's time to jump right into these challenging puzzles. As mentioned you've got 360 puzzles to solve and what's really fun is that there are all different kinds of themes. You can set your difficulty level which also means this game will continue to challenge you even as you start to perfect your puzzle solving skills. The puzzles each have their own shape to offer variety throughout. The gameplay is easy to understand and very smooth. The way it works is that you fill in the different shapes using the pentomino-style blocks. Here's the trick: these blocks can't overlap the shadowed area or each other.

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The app is free to download and play and there are a number of in-app purchases. The purchases are all packages of hints. These hints can be used to help you solve puzzles when you get stuck. The packages range from $0.99 to $4.99. The app has recently had a number of updates to the performance with some bug fixes. It has a five out of five star rating.


Enjoy the puzzling gameplay
Enjoy the puzzling gameplay

Puzzle Gameplay

Now it's time to start the puzzles so get ready to feel a bit frazzled. The game board, music, graphics, and user interface are all impressive; it's the actually game that poses the challenge and that's how you want it. As mentioned earlier, you are able to set your difficulty level from beginner to expert. What I like about this is that you can practice, get to know the game, and really perfect your puzzle solving skills without feeling frustrated. When you are more confident you can then increase your level of difficulty. The levels change from dragging blocks, to flipping, to rotating them.

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The app supports achievements and Game Center which always helps light a fire under your competitive spirit. I will say that even though the 360 puzzles may sound like a lot I’d love to see more levels added.


Choose your difficulty level
Choose your difficulty level



Pros and Cons


  • Easy-to-understand gameplay
  • Supports Game Center and achievements
  • Choose your difficulty level
  • There are 360 levels to play
  • Gets hints when you get stuck



  • You will need to purchase the hints


Formino screenshot
Formino screenshot

Final Words

The Formino app can be played on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone as a fun casual game you can play for just a few minutes, or spend hours working your way through these brain teasers. I really appreciate the fact the app supports Game Center so you have that extra challenge.



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