Energy Cycle (Xbox One) Reviews

  • dudecrazy108dudecrazy108365,235
    27 Nov 2016
    11 4 0
    Energy Cycle is a hard game to review because for one thing it has the bare essential of being an actual game.

    Now I don't mean that in the way that people say things like the Telltale games aren't games, they are interactive movies. Energy Cycle is a puzzle game in it's most simplistic form with nothing else to really stand behind it.

    The game play is simple enough in theory, you are given a grid with orbs of different colors and are tasked with getting all orbs to be the same color. Now it doesn't matter what color they end as but they all must be a like. What may be a simple premise though ultimately falls as being overly difficult. Even after a few levels the difficultly takes such a rampant spike that unless you are prone to enjoying and doing well at puzzle games like this will more than likely turn anyone else away.

    With 28 levels to beat the further you go the more nodes you are presented with and therefore the harder they get. Certain nodes don't trigger all the ones in their line going up or down as well so you have to somehow figure out which ones to hit and not to hit.

    Honestly this is a game I feel was made for a very specific crowd. It doesn't have great graphics or sound and with 28 levels isn't even long. If you aren't good at puzzle games like this then you'll stand no chance trying to figure it out. The more casual and mainstream crowd might not little interest only stumbling upon it because of it's low price point. It really isn't a game that offers much to talk about and it isn't one that I can recommend as I didn't find myself enjoying my time with it.

    Score : 2/10

    Digital Review Code Provided By Sometimes You
  • KingsOfDispairKingsOfDispair1,436,474
    07 Dec 2016 07 Dec 2016
    7 2 1
    Confusing Colorful Dots
    By Brett Wolfe
    Reviewed on Xbox One
    Released on December 8th, 2016 on Xbox One, also available on PC
    Developer: SometimesYou    Publisher: SometimesYou

    Original Post:

    Puzzlers are an interesting genre that has been around for as long as anyone can remember. However, recently there has been a spike in the amount of puzzle titles emerging on the current generation of gaming. Some are phenomenal and others do not have the same luxury of success. Energy Cycle, a puzzler developed by SometimesYou is an interesting title that is hard to lump into one of those two categories.

    The first word that pops up when looking at this game is simplistic. It contains very few features other than a puzzle mode, time attack, and infinite play mode. There is not much on offer from this title. The puzzle mode is the ‘campaign’ and is comprised of 28 levels of increasingly difficult levels. While the levels get more difficult, they do not vary that much and blend together. The time attack is a set of random levels from the campaign that you must solve within a limit of two minutes. Infinite play is similar to the time attack besides the lack of a time limit. The task that is required of you to complete each level is to turn every dot into the same color. There is a setting in the options where you can either choose between a set of three colors or seven colors. For the purpose of this review, I played through the game on the setting of three. The colors of the dot can be changed from white, blue, and green and each level can be completed with whichever color you feel fit. The color changes on both the point that you choose to change and all corresponding dots that it adjacent to. For example, if the dot is all by itself, it is the only one that changes. However, if you select a corner piece, the dots on both lines connected to that spot.

    Visually this game is very plain. The only graphics are a black background, the colored dots, and a picture of an electric cat that pops up when you beat the level. From what I see, the majority of the time spent working on the graphics was wasted drawing those cats that have no effect on the game. I found nothing different with the supposed soundtrack. A small variety of electric style of music and most of it got old throughout the playthrough.

    When it came to requesting this title, I sought it out. I wanted to play this title because it looked like it had potential. While this game fell far from the expectations that I originally had, I still had fun playing the game. The puzzles were enjoyable at the beginning and once it got more difficult, but in the end, the puzzles got repetitive and boring after playing them. I felt that even though there were only 28 levels, there was not enough variety to want to continue playing it. Another issue that I had was the game was incredibly short. Playing through the campaign and sometimes attack and infinite play to get a feel for them netted me around 45 minutes to an hour of gameplay. This is with me having a bit of trouble with some of the levels and having to play multiple times to complete.

    In the end, Energy Cycle is a small title that is enjoyable but has very little to offer. The game is priced at $3 USD and in my honest opinion that is the best thing about this game. The low-price point makes up for the lack of content. However, unless you are an avid puzzle player, you may not find much enjoyment from this title.

    *Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.

    Final Score: 4/10

    ​+Low Price Point
    ​-Lack of Content
    -Boring Visuals/Soundtrack
    -Extremely Short