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If you can imagine a kind of mix of puzzlers like Portal and Q.U.B.E. and the brooding atmosphere of Lovercraftian horror games like Anchorhead, then you have a good idea what to expect from Magrunner. It's not quite as good as the aforementioned classic, Portal, but it does provide plenty of challenging puzzling action and dresses it all up in some nicely moody horror visuals. You take on the role of Dax, one of seven people chosen to participate in a space training program, but which soon goes horribly wrong. Equipped only with your Magtech glove, you find yourself caught up in a terrifying nightmare which sees you pitted against demons from the Cthulu mythos while drifting through a science-fiction themed landscape. What follows is a clever and inventive puzzle platformer which requires you to manipulate objects to help you solve a series of environmental head benders, with the ultimate goal of getting out with your sanity intact. The main gameplay mechanic is magnetism, which allows you to manipulate objects and which must be used wisely in order to survive. It's a clever one and used well here, as most of the puzzles are both enjoyable and very satisfying to solve. They're not easy though, so be prepared for some tough times. The game sports some attractive visuals, with a good blend of sci-fi and horror which gives it plenty of personality. There could be a little more in the way of assistance in terms of the mechanics, with frustration occasionally sneaking in, but overall this is a fun puzzler.
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