LINX Review – The Tetris of Today’s Age
I believe most of us above the age of 25 remember the old Tetris days. We have seen people crowding around Tetris arcade machines, hogging and snatching the handheld Tetris game from friends and family. Years have passed and we were constantly wondering would there be another game that took the world like Tetris controlled our lives back then?
Introducing LINX, a game created by Ectivise for Windows tablet! And like Tetris, the beauty of the game is that it doesn’t need any storyline to make it attractive. The ingenious mechanics that operate this game is itself, a literature.
The game is a little difficult to grasp for starters. But once you get it, you will be so engrossed, that you even paying for fast food delivery is a hassle for convenient lunch.
Players start the game with two L-shape blocks on the screen. Players need place another L-shape block to form a 2 by 3 rectangle. To place another L-shape block, you will need to pick one of the three choices provided. Unlike Tetris, you will not be able to change the orientation. The piece that completes the formation will change to another color while the rest will be destroyed, giving you points and stars.
Strategy is an obvious element in this game. Because you will only be given three options to pick from, limiting the range of colors on the screen is the obvious solution to the longevity of the gameplay. As the level of the colors increase, the rewards scale accordingly. Players can create chain combo by linking up different series as a result of a very placed block. Those who are familiar with Puzzle Fighter will find this concept nostalgic.
As I venture further into the game, I realized that fans of puzzle and brain teasing games would embrace LINX as their new platform to conquer. I was telling myself,” Screw Sudoku, forget about Unblock!” With the full palette of 256 levels of colors, this game is capable of many hours of engagement. Furthermore, depending on your decision at every step and the randomness of block placement players are started of with, the game is capable of taking many directions.
The graphics involved nothing more than colored primitive L-shape blocks, which amplifies the simplicity and elegance of this game. I was privileged enough to play the prototype of this game, hence, more compelling graphical effects can be expected during launch. But the interface alone is self-explanatory, allowing players to quickly make sense out of the whole concept despite the initial inertia presented.
One of my favorite things about LINX is that they track tons of player data and compete them across different demography. It breaks things down very nicely regardless if players were interested in pitting himself up against the world, or simply out to continuously break his own records. If this game develops further into creating a tighter social fabric, this game may itself, create their own Xbox Live by incentivizing players with different statuses and premium achievements.
This game will craft a brand new genre to what we have already been so well pampered with. LINX is without a doubt, one of the original games I’ve played so far that beauty does not need to rely on top-notch graphics. Already so well pampered with so many genres out there, it is really challenging to squeeze into an uncharted area. Puzzle fans, it is time to go crazy with this.
Graphics – 3/5
Sound – 3/5
Playability – 5/5
Originality – 5/5
Overall – 4/5