What do you get when you mix platforms, puzzles, magnets, and a box? Magnibox ($three.99)! Featuring a boxy magnet front and center, Magnibox rolls in with a guarantee of relaxing gameplay, colourful pixel art, and fantastic level style. When a guarantee does not assure something noteworthy, and a lot of games fail to provide on their central guarantee, Magnibox is not a single of them. It is enjoyable, it is fairly, and it has character—or as substantially character as a magnetic box can, at any price. There’s no have to have to take my word on this, although, when there’s a trailer:
Appears fairly superior, correct? Strong soundtrack, fantastic visuals, smooth controls… what’s not to like? Nicely, the controls themselves, in fact. When I’ll admit that the controls operate effectively, and they are unobtrusive, I do not like them. Ahead of I truly criticise them, although, let’s take a appear at how they in fact operate. Movement is handled by swiping (and holding, to continue to move smoothly) either to the left or the correct, and the magnet is activated by tapping. No jumping, no tapping miscellaneous buttons on the screen, nothing at all. Really sophisticated. My complaint, nevertheless, is particularly in regards to iPad controls: Swiping on an iPad, especially when the iPad is supported by a stand of some selection, is cumbersome and does not really feel fantastic. There is a easy remedy, although: Add a toggle for a second, totally tap primarily based, manage scheme. Tap (and hold to continue to move) on the correct side to move correct, the left to move left, and the middle to activate the magnet. Basic, iPad friendly, and no more UI buttons important.
Gameplay, related to the controls, is pretty easy: Get the magnetic box from the beginning place to the glowing outline with the star. Basic. Except, of course, for all the obstacles composing the puzzle. These obstacles variety from the easy hole, to lasers, gaps, switchable blocks, and much more. In some cases finishing the puzzle is as easy as filling a hole with a box and rolling across other instances, it is as difficult as flipping two or 3 switches, activating or deactivating a laser, and repelling from a single platform to an additional. This wide variety of difficulty, nevertheless, is not linear. That is to say, there may perhaps be two or 3 straightforward levels, then a pretty, pretty tricky level, then an additional 4 or 5 straightforward levels… or there may perhaps be a tricky level, an straightforward level, and an additional tricky level, and then an additional straightforward level! It feels as although pretty small believed was in fact place into deciding which levels should really come initial and which should really be applied as a challenge. It is not an problem with level style, thoughts you—Magnibox’s puzzles are pretty effectively created. They’re just ordered in what appears to be a somewhat random style.
Magnibox feels pretty substantially like a mobile game, even though not in the low cost, freemium way that is grow to be attached to mobile gaming. No, this feels like a game created to be played on the go. Puzzles have a tendency to be pretty brief, often solvable in beneath two or 3 minutes, which means all 160 levels could be played in only a couple of hours… if a single was so inclined. In spite of that, or rather for the reason that of that, it is greatest played in brief bursts—a level right here, a level there possibly a bit of trial and error ahead of ultimately reaching the remedy. This ties back into level style: Every puzzle is compact, brief, tricky (but not also tricky), and fits nicely into a single bite. For comparison, Daggerhood’s levels have been ridiculously short… but also pretty, pretty tough, often requiring 5-plus minutes every Magnibox on the other hand, hardly ever requires longer than two. For the tricky puzzles.
When “fun” is absolutely subjective, and whilst I wouldn’t want to say it is objectively enjoyable (that is a bit of a broad generalisation), Magnibox is at the pretty least satisfying. Grabbed a energy up and pulling to that damaging block more than yonder? There’s a strong Thunk when you get there. Hopping by way of a teleporter? A swift Bw-ong and it is carried out. Add in the upbeat soundtrack, the absence of time limits or any type of stress or sense of immediacy to act on some thing correct now and you are in for a a single-way ride to content town.
On the complete, Magnibox is fairly fantastic. It sets out to provide a charming platform puzzler practical experience, and it much more than accomplishes that objective. It has a premium feeling, a relaxed pace, smooth controls, and so pretty, pretty a lot of distinctive levels. When it could do a superior job with its difficulty curve and introducing new mechanics, and whilst I have a unique dislike of the swipe controls on iPads, the gameplay and distinctive really feel much more than make up for such minor problems. At its value point, Magnibox is effectively worth selecting up.