Indie Review: EDGE
EDGE is a puzzle game with some nifty music attached, that's it, batteries not incuded. Is that enough to earn your purchase?
- Worth The Time?Each course introduces new geometric challenges giving you a unique 3D puzzle solving experience, so yeah.
- Things LovedThe 8-bit sound track, especially the dubstep inspired tracks. Puzzle solving goodness.
- Things HatedThere are the occasional tricky courses with unforgiving mechanics, sometimes rely more on reaction time than puzzle solving.
- RecommendationA great game to have for when that puzzle solving madness sets in and it always does round about holiday time and you’re forced to be civil with relatives you didn’t know existed until a few days ago.
- Name: EDGE
- Genre: Puzzle (Action as Classified by Steam)
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: No
- Platforms: PC
- Developer: Two Tribes
- Publisher: Two Tribes
- Price: $7.99 (approximately R67)
- Reviewed On: PC
You control a square, you must navigate said square, while avoiding obstacles, to the end of 3D courses. The end.
Yes, I’m serious, that was the review. What, not long enough? No information about the gameplay or whether it’s worth your time you say? Am I some sort of review critic all of a sudden?
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First of all EDGE is, as explained before, a puzzle game that requires you to move your square from one end of a 3D course to the opposite end. The game play mechanics believe it or not, actually makes this tedious task fun. Yes, and in fact, it’s downright challenging. Pathways will collapse as you ‘roll’ over them, your square can ‘roll’ up and down edges making for some rather unique puzzle situations; walls will move to bash your block off the course and there are even teleporters! The cherry on top is that the Steam version of the game, the one you’ll end up getting, includes extended versions of each stage. These extended versions are far more challenging and mind wracking than their regular counterparts.
Each course has a grading system that is based upon how quickly you finished the course. Obviously better times can be achieved by people who can think ‘outside of the box’. Kudos if you got that. The grading system seems to have the ability to drive a person to prove their puzzle solving finesse. A grading of ‘B+’ is simply won’t do for an intrepid geometric puzzle solver.
Other than the challenging puzzles and the grading system, I must say, my most favorite aspect to this game is the music; it’s full of 8-bit glory! There are even a couple of wub-wub (dubstep) tracks for certain courses. Solving puzzles to ‘wub-wub’ is definitely an experience. Seriously, have you tried to dance to wub-wub? It’s near impossible not to look stricken or ill. It gets no better when trying to finish a geometric puzzle in the best time possible.
I know this week’s review is short, but there isn’t much more I could say about EDGE other than it’s a solid puzzle game with great music. Anyone who loves a good puzzle game, some ‘wub-wub’ and geometry should definitely pick up a copy.
Oh and just before I go, next week I’ll be having a look at ‘Dungeon Defenders’ so stay tuned for that.