As soon as I saw the title and before I clicked the Play button, I predicted that Numz, a new puzzle game from Games Northwest, would be adorable. I predicted this because it has an unnecessary "z" in its title and kind of sounds like "nom," the familiar sound made by cartoon characters during meal time (see: omnomnom). Lo and behold, my powers of prognostication were vindicated once again. It's totally adorable, and it's a nice little distraction from an ordinary day.
Similar to Orbox and RoadBlocks in gameplay, Numz follows a little purple box-shaped cat (otherwise unnamed, here referred to as Numz) as she journeys through a world riddled with warp points, keys, and golden fish. Tap the desired [arrow] key once in the direction you want to move little purple Numz and watch her go.
Dangers abound, for fate has cursed the poor feline to move in only one direction at a time and infinitely in that direction until she collides with an object. The bees that populate this bi-planar world will cause instant death, restarting Numz at the beginning of the level and, worst of all, stripping her of any golden fish she might have collected on that level! Actually, that's not really THAT big of a deal, as the fish only provide points and are not necessary to open the doors to the next level. You probably will wind up collecting a lot of them, though, since they are typically along the path to the exit.
Numz's cute pixel graphics, retro soundtrack, and smooth feel are enough to win most puzzle fans over. You might appreciate the small amount of backtracking necessary in the game as it lends itself to exploration. Unlike Orbox B, it's a lot harder to lock yourself into an unsolvable position, particularly in later levels, so Numz has a more relaxed feel. Of course, it's quite short, and I would have appreciated a little more innovation. Still, Numz is tailored to satisfy your mid-morning puzzle jones. So...go ahead and nomz on some golden fish.