I'm always on the look out for a game that doesn't completely frustrate me, but still offers a challenge. I hate games with little clocks that tick away, or worse make a noise to warn you time is running out. It ups the blood pressure and takes away the fun. I'm the type of player that likes to think about my next move and plot things out. I've tried some of the popular games like Wordament (great game, the distracting ticking at the end pisses me off), Word with Friends (another great game - only if you get someone on the other end who isn't completely clueless or flaky) and many others. I play for awhile and then tear them out. I finally found one that is absorbing and fun - Triomino.
Triomino, designed by Beautiful Mind Games (by the way fellows, you forgot to renew your website hosting so your site is AWOL), is similar to Tetris, without the iritating need for spatial awareness. I suck at Tetris because I can't quite wrap my brain around how the shapes should be rotated to fit. The time element pretty much means I'm a disaster playing the game. Triomino takes the best element of Tetris marries it to dominos, strips away the stress of a ticking clock and let's you ponder your next move.
You get three boards to choose from: 5x5, 6X6 and 7X7. When you manage to clear a board, a new challenge opens up, time based levels (for those of you who enjoy pain). I prefer the Basic, untimed game but it's nice to be offered a choice. The four levels are Basic, Master, Superhero and Eternal. It was a miracle I got to Master level, but somehow I suspect I'll never get past it.
Triominos is a lot like dominos, where you match up the colours and shapes to clear the board. At the basic level, you can take as long as you wish (which is perfect when you are trapped on the subway at rush hour). You can also submit your best scores to the online scoreboard to see how you compare to the world. It's a pretty simple game, but one that keeps the brain challenged.
Triomino isn't available for the Surface, only for Windows 8 and 8.1 phones. Unlike many games I've tried, it's also
very modest on it's power consumption. Simple to play, challenging to the mind, clean and simple interface - a perfect combination. Beautiful Games has about 14 games posted on their Window's store page - Beautiful Games Store so don't forget to check them out.