While manipulating and arranging blocks into certain patterns is nothing new in the puzzle genre, having a say in the matter instead of being a victim of the draw is a nice change of pace. Purify Puzzle harkens back to older PC games, with a bevy of puzzles that increase in difficulty, with a beginning and ending to a story.
Purify Puzzle’s basic concept is that you must arrange blocks in clumps of three, to eliminate them from the board. By arranging them properly, you can create chain combos that let you score big points and take care of many blocks at once. Unique is the ability to change the piece drawn to you, although you are limited to this ability eight times per level.
The Shuffling Mechanic - The ability to have choices when it came to what piece you are given is a nice twist on the genre. It makes a rather simple game loads more depth. Players who are quick thinking and fast at decision making gain a significant edge, especially in multiplayer.
Presentation - As I said before, the game harkens back to older PC games, where puzzle games had a story, and there was a proper beginning and ending to it. The story is fairly straightforward: a young witch has a magic book, which she must deliver to its proper place. Monsters attack, and you must purify them. Along with catchy little tunes and a Halloween style, the game has something most puzzle games fail to have, which is personality.
Modes - There’s a bevy of modes and options to work with. Versus on local and network, Time Attack, Survival, and there’s even trophies to earn. There’s a lot of love that went into this game, and it shows.
Tutorial - While the controls are simple and easily explained, it’s learning to take advantage of how the game works to make combos that’s really hard to get. Basically, think of it as being giving a bunch of tools and being asked to build a house. You know to use the tools, but building a house is something you don’t know how to do. There are some tutorial videos on youtube, but the in game tutorial needs work. Which leads me to my next point...
Pacing - I was able to get through the first four levels just fine, but I felt like I hit a brick wall at the fifth level. While the game’s finer points are a bit hard to explain, perhaps a bit of a tweak to the difficulty to gradually introduce players into high level play would be an easier way to get people to understand how to combo properly.
Purify Puzzle is a puzzle game with a lot of depth and potential for high level play. The tradeoff is that it’s not very easy to get in to. It reminds me of the more technically challenging fighting games like Guilty Gear or Virtua Fighter, which offer a lot of rewarding game play for those who can master the mechanics. If you’re looking for a puzzle game that will challenge you, this is the game for you. Go to paperchild.com if you’re interested in downloading the game.
- Kyle McKluskey