Yippee Cahier!

innocent ramblings of a dilettante doodler

... and his curiously calligraphic predilection for pangrams, pens, and appalling alliteration ...

NOW PLAYING: iPad Puzzler with a Pen Nib Protagonist

My fascination with fountain pens must partly arise from the simple fact that, like most of us, I spend my days tied to a keyboard and screen. But "digital" also refers to those ten tools we carry with us everywhere and today, I stumbled across an amazingly tactile iPad App that makes my fingers happy by turning guileful, galloping, gestures into a gorgeous game.


Blek (that can possible sound like it's spelled?) is a beautiful blend of calligraphy and code. This perfectly produced puzzle deserves a look by anyone addicted to the simple pleasure of making marks come to life.  

Creating a touch experience that truly delights is no easy task. I know from my own trials making my children's book Dragon Brush. I admire not only the detail and design of Blek, but also the care and craftsmanship lying just under the surface it so magically awakens. For $2.99 this extraordinary debut game by the Brothers Mikan can be had for less than the price of good cup of coffee, or a decent ballpoint pen, it will last much longer.

My Favorite Reviews of Blek

WIRED Blek: An iPad Game With Brilliant, Unique Mechanics by Kyle Vanhemert

INDIE STATIK Beauty Of Blek Is In Its Simplicity by Chris Priestman

Stroke of genius ... The magic of Blek is not only the logic behind solving the puzzles; it’s in watching my creativity come to life with precision.
— John Polson, IndieGames.com