Neon Layers


Neon Layers

8/10

Remember the old maze game where you had a ball and a wooden platform with walls and holes on it and you had to get the ball to the end while dodging the holes? Well this game’s nothing like that 🙂 Neon Layers is a spiffy little puzzle game with 25 levels of timing and frustration. Your goal is to get the ball to the exit sign but how you do that is mostly up to you.

Press buttons 1, 2, and 3 on the keyboard (not on the number pad) to change between red, green, and blue. The rest of the controls are up to inertia and gravity. There are a few special bumpers that reverse gravity, bounce you higher, or bounce you off in a random direction. Use these to your advantage to find your way to the exit and keep in mind that there isn’t just one solution to the level. At the start you’ll find levels with help bubbles so the game itself is all the tutorial you should need.

The first thing I noticed about the graphics were that the level started at automatic adjustment. I can’t really think of a good reason to do this as the game just isn’t that graphically intensive. The first thing you’ll want to do is change the quality to high or whatever level works for you. If you don’t you’re going to find the quality constantly shifting and this will be extremely annoying on the levels where there is a help bubble you’re trying to read. While you’re reading these hints you’ll be grooving along to some decent music, though I only heard two songs during the entire game. There isn’t much in the way of sound effects either, but the fact that both of these and a mute are included are big plusses in my book.


8/10. Good graphics as long as you turn off the automatic quality adjustment.


9/10. Enjoyable puzzle game


8/10. Music, sound effects, mute? Excellent.


8/10. Working within the defined courses provides quite the challenge


8/10. Simple as 1, 2, 3.

I’d say this is a pretty likely candidate for badges. 8/10

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