Bringing to market a simplistic, clean take on the puzzler genre, Appxplore released Sporos today. The concept behind Sporos is simple: place sporos (which, by the way, is some sort of "special seed") on the board, watch the adjacent rows or columns light up, and repeat until every cell on the board is illuminated.

Seems easy, right? It would be, except that the levels get progressively harder, with more complex cell patterns, and you've only got a certain number of sporos to work with, each able to light up a certain set of directions.

To keep you from getting too frustrated, the game has calming electronic music, which pairs nicely with its neon, pseudo-biological graphics. Just in case you do get too frustrated, the game offers "hints for purchase," ($0.99 for one ten-hint pack).

The free version of the game should keep you busy for a while, challenging you with three hundred levels. Those that choose to unlock the premium version will be treated to two hundred additional levels with "mutated sporos." If you choose to buy the premium version for $0.99 (officially called "experimental labs," you'll also get an ad-free experience, which is always nice.

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If you're looking for a relaxing, well-executed puzzle experience, try Sporos. As mentioned earlier, you get three hundred levels for the low price of $0.00, with two hundred more costing just $0.99. Hit the widget below to start conducting your own sporos experiments "like scientists in a lab."

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Scott Kennedy

    It wants to read my contacts, my call log, and my phone's identity. No thanks.

    • pierx

      Same here, immediately stay over it when i saw that permission.

    • Jimmy Li

      One reason to play it on my N7 :)

    • Stefan

      Just emailed the devs about this, hope they reply to my email and this article. Looks like a game I want to play and purchase the ad free experience after 2 minutes of checking that the game works!

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I also emailed the dev when the article came out, since they contacted us about this release. Hopefully, they'll wake up to respond soon.

    • Stefan

      This is the reply I received earlier today.

      "Thank you for contacting us.

      We believe the permission requests are from Scoreloop. We use Scoreloop for Leaderboard and Achievements features. We will look into it and see if we could disable the permission requests but still keeping Scoreloop features. If you disable Scoreloop when it first launch, we believe it will not perform any request. We will keep you posted.

      Thank you for your patient.


      Appxplore Team"

  • aruna sena

    Dammit why the need for those permission...hopefully there's an explanation if not I'm embarrassed since this is a Malaysian company (the sdn bhd at the end of appxplore) is a company registration system for Malaysia.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Explained above.

      • aruna sena


  • Appxplore Team

    We've removed one of Scoreloop feature which request permission to read contact and call log. However other permissions are required to enable Scoreloop Leaderboards and Achievements. Until Google release their own "Game Center", there are not much options available for Android. We will be releasing an update to address the permission issue soon.

    We hope that address some of your concerns. Thank you for your support.

    • Stefan

      It does, thanks for the response.