Developer: Core Mobile Game
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5S

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Like many other logic-based puzzlers available on the App Store, Core Puzzle relies on the player’s ability to work out the correct path from a starting point to an endpoint. In this instance these two points are set out on a circuit board, which is part of a bigger 6-stage system that must be breached in order to reach the system’s core.

IMG_0548IMG_0551As each level begins, players are guided through gestures and elements which may be introduced as they attempt it. Those playing are then presented with two blocks between which they must find and create the correct path. The ultimate goal is to draw a conjoined path that will let the yet-to-be-released electron travel along without obstruction. Lines from a starting block can only begin in the direction the starting arrow will allow, and these lines can be curved to avoid blocks on the circuit which cannot be readily moved.

Moving through the systems 6 stages (Perimeter, Shell, Gates, Main, Circuit and the Core) one will aim to meet the correct starting node with the corresponding end node in order to infiltrate ‘The Core’. Drawing lines from a starting node (marked by a circle) to an ending node (marked by a square) is as simple as touching and dragging. Messed up somewhere? Just touch and drag over the parts of the connection which are incorrect. The line will turn red, indicating that it is now editable. In later levels, more colored nodes are introduced making for more complex and challenging gameplay.

IMG_0547IMG_0553Core Puzzle has everything going for it, but could do with a little more style. Visually, I have to say that Core Puzzle is pretty pedestrian. While some would argue that a game of this nature should be simple, I just felt something was missing in this area. One aspect I did like, however, is that Core Puzzle features no unnecessary controls or buttons on the actual playing screen. This is an aspect which I would mark down as a triumph, particularly considering the over-cluttering normally seen with similar logic-based offerings.

Designed for iPhone, and with up to 120 levels to keep one occupied, Core Puzzle might just be worth taking a chance on if one finds themselves in a rut of boredom. Especially so, considering that it is completely free to play.


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