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Create food puzzles with frustrating deliberation with Slow Food

Build cute food puzzles in a game true to its name.

Slow Food is a good name for this iPad app, which tasks players with moving various pieces of food into a grid that forms Christmas icons like Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, and stockings. The game's interface calls to mind the same kind of cut-out style that filled '80s and '90s TV Christmas specials, and while the concept is certainly appealing, the execution often leads to frustration as you attempt to figure out exactly what it is you are supposed to be doing.

The idea of the game is simple -- choose a Christmas icon (additional puzzles featuring animals are also available, but require a $0.99 in-app purchase) and you'll be shown a clever food creation (a cracker with cream cheese for snow, for example). The food items will be pulled away from the puzzle and it is your job to put them back. The part that became frustrating, however, was the insistence of the game that you put the pieces back in order. Unless you carefully study each food puzzle before it starts, it will be a guessing game, and with so few pieces, a very frustrating one.

Slow Food is a good idea for an app, but a handful of odd design choices, frustrating game mechanics, and lack of selection (without a paid upgrade) make it hard to recommend for all but those with a strong connection to food or that want a few good ideas for creating fun Christmas-themed snacks.

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