When I first discovered Subway Shuffle in the iTunes App Store, it wasn't quite what I expected. I thought it would be a collection of various subway maps from around the world, which would have been fine. I've always appreciated the design aesthetics that go into making transit maps, and such an app would be very useful when you're traveling. Instead, Subway Shuffle is a challenging and very accessible puzzle game.
The point of Subway Shuffle is very simple, though getting to the point can be very difficult. On the first level, you're presented with a T-shaped "subway map" with red and blue lines. The white circles represent stations and the colored dots stand in for subway cars. You're charged with getting your subway car--it's the sole red car marked with a subway icon--through the map to the last station. Standing in your way, however, are other cars of a different color. Not only must you navigate past them, but also you can move cars only along lines with the same color. So red can move only on red, green can move only on green, and so on. … Read more