The core challenge in this mode is presented by the limited number of available pushes for each level. To advance, you must clear enough fractals from the board to fill the Progress Meter before you exceed the available number of pushes in the Push Queue. Each level presents its own challenge, though. The complexity and difficulty of these challenges increase as you advance from one level to the next.
Puzzle mode serves as an arena both for understanding the basics and for practicing some of the more advanced techniques. Pushes are limited. Though, unlike other modes, the queue is fully disclosed with all available pushes and colors in sequence at the bottom of the screen.
In this mode you are pitted against the clock in a race for survival. Each mode starts with 20 seconds on the clock. The good news is pushes are infinite and you can earn time back by clearing fractals labeled as Time-increase power-ups. You also earn 5 seconds with each level progression. Bad news is the difficulty curve increases exponentially between the three different Arcade modes: Speed, Agility, and Confidence.