Puzzle me this
If you're a fan of old-school ball rolling puzzlers like Marble Madness
and Spindizzy, then InFlux might be a very tempting addition to your collection. It's certainly not a bad entry into a classic genre, but it suffers from a few faults which prevent it from living up to the dizzying heights of its predecessors. This is basically a puzzle/exploration game where you find yourself in control of a metal sphere, which falls from the sky one day into a mysterious land which is dotted with bizarre structures made of glass and steel. It's your job to explore these structures, solving the puzzles as you go and unlocking the story behind it all, and if you're good enough, you might even get to meet an enigmatic humpback whale. This last fact gives you an idea that this is quite an abstract game, with a very unusual feel to it. The puzzles are quite varied, thanks to the inclusion of your ball's ability to attract or repel items in the game world, along with other abilities which will come in handy. On paper at least, InFlux sounds like it should be quite an absorbing little game, and indeed, for some of its running time, this is true. The puzzles are fairly lateral in their construction, so they require some clever thinking in order to solve, which should please hardcore genre fans. However, many of the puzzles are a bit too out there, and many players will likely end up solving them through trial and error, which does get frustrating. It all looks quite pretty, but ultimately, it's just not as fun as it should be.