It's like Qix. Well kind of
Zen Bound 2 is a sequel to a early iPhone hit game Zen Bound. The term game used lightly here. Sequel hitting Steam with low price sparked my interested to check this out. Before venturing any further it can be safely said that Zen Bound 2 is much more of a video game than the first Zen Bound was.
Levels are divided into three different modes. There is one mode where the rope automatically colours the item when you rotate it. The second one is a rope-bomb mode. In this mode, small pellets are placed in the rope in varying distances. When these pellets are tied to the item they will explode and colour a larger area.The last mode comes in form of nail-bombs. In this mode, the item is covered with nails and only by tying the rope to a nail the bomb will explode and colour a larger area as well. In this mode, the plain rope wrapping does not change items colour.
The 3D items are mostly wooden items that look like from a sample gallery on 3D Max or something. The only moving object, well besides the item itself, is of course the rope. Rope has real life physics and will come off sliding if used in wrong angle. The general feel of the game is very relaxed as the Buddhist word on the title implies. Stage selection is displayed in form of a trees and Japanese paper lights. Music varying depending on the level this low-key relaxing as the visuals.
Idea behind Zen Bound 2 is very simple but still lot of fun. If you are after a slow pace puzzle then this is the thing. Despite the slow pace the game-play will become challenging on more difficult items especially when going for the 99% cover. Game has 200+ items where each bondage action takes from few minutes to ten of minutes. Finishing this with 100% on all will take a while. Steam achievements with varying difficulty has also been added.
Interesting and different puzzle if nothing else.