Cardinal Chains

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About this game

Cardinal Chains is a minimalist puzzle game centering on the concept of non-decreasing sequences.

Each puzzle begins with a monochrome grid of numbers, plus a few colored cells marked with an X. Starting at these cells, you must link up numbers in non-decreasing order until the whole grid is filled with color.

• 500 unique, carefully handcrafted puzzles of varying difficulty, each with a single solution
• Beautiful, lengthy chill-out soundtrack created by accomplished professional artists
• Minimalist, elegant design without timers, ads, purchases or other hassles - just pure gameplay
• Several built-in color themes, including colorblind options. Or...
• ...make your own color themes - right from within the game!
• Features achievements and cloud saves
Updated on
Apr 11, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

172 reviews
Joshua Chandra
December 26, 2021
Superb in every way, from the quick speed it takes to get to puzzle-solving from app-launch to the pleasant music and audio, to the BACK BUTTON closing the game properly(!), incredibly smooth graphics and responsiveness with cool, auto-building walls, etc. This title has been a pleasure to play every time. Is it just me or is 325 unsolvable, though? It has 5 dead-ends but only 4 colors. Edit: All right, it's ridiculous how creative some solutions are, despite every level having the same ruleset. Thanks for the guide; this game is definitely one way to stave off dementia!
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Daniel Nora
December 26, 2021
Thank you for the kind words! There are no unsolvable puzzles (all puzzles were carefully handmade). Check out the free walkthrough:
A Google user
January 17, 2019
A stroke of genius in terms of elegant design. It is perfect for mobile touch, loads and plays fast and is started (or quit) whenever you feel like it. And while it may appear a tad simple, the difficulty quickly ramps to a position where you'll scratch your head because one or two things "just won't fit". The "500 unique levels" isn't a lie either (okay...I admit: it has 501). They're not all equally difficult, but pose a challenge that you just don't get with algorithm based levels.
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Tim Frost
July 7, 2020
There were times when I thought "this game is too easy", usually just before a puzzle halted me in my tracks. I love the simplicity and the super smooth UI. I was relieved to complete all the puzzles but I am now missing the rhythm of small victories. More pls.
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What's new

This minor release brings some small UI enhancements. Here's the list of features introduced in the last major release:
- A beautiful new chill-out soundtrack created by professional artists
- New built-in color themes, including colorblind options
- The ability to create new color themes right from within the game
- Several small improvements

Thank you for playing Cardinal Chains. Enjoy the update!