If you’ve ever played puzzle games like Spacechem, then you’ll know that there are puzzle games out there that set out to really test your powers of logical thinking, it’s not all just cheap Android knock off match 3 games.
There has been a bit of a boom in recent years with the environmental puzzler, the first person puzzler, physics puzzlers and platform puzzlers. However these games that still remain simple in their execution but set out to really test the grey matter are few and far between.
So it’s nice to see a game like Splice, which is exactly that. Everything about the setup is simple, from the basic menu screens which take you straight into the game, to the controls themselves. Even the visuals are simple and bring focus to each puzzle. Add to that background music which is more ambient than anything and works to relax your mind and you have the beginnings of something very enjoyable indeed.
Essentially you need to rearrange the cells on the screen into a predetermined shape as indicated by the white markings on the screen. You have a certain number of moves that you can make, known as splices (clever eh?) to get the cells to fit.
Where the challenge comes though is working out how moving one cell will affect another and how moving yet another will affect others again. Early levels are fairly easy and do a great job of getting you familiar with the concept, but as with all great puzzle games like this, the further you get, the harder and more complex it becomes.
But again, the secret is to make sure that the toughness and complexity comes from finding the solutions themselves and not on adding new mechanics that confuse matters and this is where Splice shines, because even though the mechanics do evolve over its 77 levels, they seem to do so naturally and in a way that makes perfect sense.
Splice will have you scratching your head, questioning your own intelligence and even wanting to throw the controller down in anger, but at no point is this because of anything other than the need to solve each puzzle. Everything else is wonderfully put together.
But that is all there is to say about the game really, it certainly isn’t for everyone, but it isn’t intended to be. If you are open to a game that is paced slowly and fancy challenging a different part of your brain, then you should pick this up right away.