Beware iOS game recommendations. Beware any game recommendation. Remember when someone recommended Tetris or Snood? It’s fun they said. Like a drug dealer, they never tell you the about the darkside: the addiction, the sleepless nights, and the regret.* Pudding Monsters is not like that. Pudding Monsters has an ending. See for yourself:
How do you complete Pudding Monsters? By finishing every puzzle with all possible configuration of stars: no stars, one star, two stars, and three stars. Do that, and the game actually and truly ends. Sure, there is that note about achievements, but finishing the game is achievement enough for me.
How long does it take to complete Pudding Monsters? For a couple of nights, my family was in Minnesota and I had the whole house to myself. Rather than do something productive, I spent my free time watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and playing Pudding Monsters on my eye phone. Those two days were enough to complete all the levels. To complete all the levels in every configuration took me another two and a half months of playing every now and then.
Pudding Monsters will give you a hand and sell you solutions for each level. Or as my wife suggests, you can look up the solutions on YouTube. I will have none of that! If I have to look up the solution on YouTube, I might as well not bother playing the game. Yet, there was one aggravatingly difficult level and my finger brushed up agaisnt the hint button. Much like the aforementioned drug dealers, Pudding Monsters will give you one free hit, er, hint. Here is that dastardly level and the means of solving it in each possible configuration:
The no stars solution is actually the harder one. Pudding Monsters is a great puzzler for thinking outside the box. The entire game teachings you that flinging puddings to the outside of the screen is wrong. In step 4, because the pudding is half in the magnetic zone and have nestled up agaisnt the building, flinging it to the outside of the screen seems unnatural. Many of the solutions defy linear thinking, and my best solutions were made the next day, with fresh eyes.
* Full disclosure, a friend in law school did warn me about Snood. Kids, don’t play Snood.