Okay hope I didn’t offend anyone by the title (you never know who finds offense at mock broken English). Seriously though the tangram started out as some furniture set that later materialized into a set of wooden blocks for playing. No really! Check out tangram on Wikipedia! Basically the object of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces which may not overlap. I think I played it once or twice, interesting puzzle. What does this have to do with our next game?
Well our next game just happens to be called “Invalid Tangram” by Josh Szepietowski. I don’t really know what’s invalid about it though, maybe the bad guys are “invalid” tangrams. Maybe your ship is, but who knows. I do know this is a very interesting mix of match-3 and vertical scrolling shooter. Well in actuality you can match two it doesn’t just have to be three. Josh made this at the Guildhall at SMU. Essentially a game development program at Southern Methodist University which is in Dallas, Texas. As is stated on his homepage — Invalid Tangram has been chosen as 1 of 10 Student Showcase Finalists out of more then 100 entrants in the 2007 Independent Games Festival. Invalid Tangram was one of four programmer games picked to be shown at The Guildhall 2005 Winter Exhibition. — Impressive, most impressive.