This title was reviewed on Nintendo Switch, but is also available for PS4 and Xbox One.

Puzzle games and I have a tough relationship, a love/hate one if you will, as I love them, and they absolutely hate me.  Energy Cycle Edge is another game in the long line of puzzle games that I just can’t wrap my head around, although it does itself no favours in that regard. Let’s jump right in and see what this is all about.

Energy Cycle Edge is a colour matching puzzle game developed by Sometimes You and was published in house on December 5th of 2018 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Presentation in this game is a minimal as it comes. Simple coloured nodes on a black background of stars, making the whole thing feel as spacey as I am at 6am on a Tuesday morning. Occasionally the music would completely cut out like the awkward silence as you are telling an offensive joke no one was meant to hear. Overall it works but has its foibles, kind of a running theme with this game it seems.

Gameplay in Energy Cycle Edge is very standard, flip the colours until they are all the same, not too much to explain there. I had to discern all this through Holmes – like deduction as there is absolutely no form of tutorial or explanation which frustrated me to no end. Bumbling through the first levels, I figured out that any colour you change – changes the colours on that entire row which is where the game’s challenge comes in, and either it’s a nice little brain-teaser for someone more intellectually dexterous than me or for the aforementioned idiot it was a good test to see if a Nintendo Switch console could fit into a waste disposal in your average sink. Either way it’s a solid structure with a few issues, like a cake with bread filling and an occasional stone dashed in for chuckles.

Energy Cycle Edge is not an exceptional game. Its gameplay and presentation are serviceable at best if you can forgive some bugs and a lack of polish. Take my opinion with a grain of salt as a man reviewing a puzzle game that often gets intimate with steel poles while walking. This game will most likely end up back in my hands after a while on a long bus ride and I might make some progress in the same way monkeys with typewriters make progress on Shakespeare. Get this if you are a big fan of puzzle games and need something to fill in the time.

4

Pros

  • A nice soundtrack and interesting visuals when the game works

Cons

  • Constant bugs, in all sectors
  • Menial gameplay, with zero variety

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