From developer Sometimes You comes Energy Cycle Edge, the sequel to Energy Cycle. It’s available for consoles and the Playstation Vita, on which we reviewed this brainbending little puzzler.
About a year ago, Sometimes You was extremely prolific on the Vita, which a number of games being released in a relatively short period of time. One of those was Energy Cycle, which used a simple formula that is also the basis for its sequel. You get a grid of orbs that are sorted in rows and columns and have different colors .Clicking an orb makes it change color, but also changes the color of the other orbs it shares a row or column with. Changing every orb to the same color completes the level, but things get tricky when orbs start being shared between rows and color, often resulting in that one orb that just won’t cooperate.
As a result, Energy Cycle could get frustrating after a while, as its puzzles can get very difficult with seemingly no way forward. The sequel, Energy Cycle Edge, takes the formula and expands on it. Rather than a static 2D grid, it now gives you the option to rotate the puzzle using the L and R buttons. This isn’t much more than a visual novelty in the first batch of levels (which are flat like Energy Cycle’s puzzles and just get mirrored/flipped), but things get more complex when you move past the first set.
Allowing you to rotate the view by only 45 or 90 degrees, you suddenly have orbs that don’t just work with other ones in the same row or column, but also with the orbs that are in rows behind them. It feels like Energy Cycle with influences from a Rubik’s Cube, as completely solving one face of the puzzle might just make it harder to solve the next one or it might “break” a part of the puzzle you completed before.
Energy Cycle Edge’s foray into a third dimension makes the game a little more visually appealing as well, but it’s still a fairly basic looking title with a heavy emphasis on the purity of its puzzles. This is a game you’ll want to grab if you enjoy challenging puzzles and have a knack for puzzles of this particular variety. If not, then you’ll probably quickly be frustrated – especially with the added challenge that this sequel brings. It could be worth checking out the original game first, which (like this one) can be picked up at a budget price on the Playstation Store. There are more accessible and fun puzzle games out there for the Vita, but this is a good one for those who enjoy abstract logic puzzles at their purest.