If you look at entertainment, there seems to be a trend in reboots and sequels. This idea is not exclusive to TV shows and movies. Video games have been following this idea for a while. There are some games that are on the 10th or higher iteration, for better or worse. Sometimes You has recently released the 3rd installment in the Active Neurons series – Active Neurons 3 : Wonders of the World.
Active Neurons is a puzzle game that requires you to move a block through a level and get to the end point. It is an inertial movement puzzle that will test your abilities. Your box will move in whatever direction you send it until it hits something. This means that it is very possible to send your block into an area that will make it impossible to complete the puzzle.
Luckily, the developers have installed a back button in the game. Go left instead of up and get stuck? Just tap the back button as many times as you want too, and you are back in the game. There are also new mechanics added as you progress through the levels to challenge your spatial awareness. What happens when you have a killer block that follows your every move? Can you navigate through the conveyors and teleporters? The puzzles are divided into groups, with each group representing one of the 7 Wonders of the World or the 7 New Wonders of the World. Each wonder consists of 10 puzzles, so there is a fair amount to keep you busy.
Graphically, the game is fairly basic. But honestly, I prefer a bare bones puzzle games. It seems that when puzzle games get too flashy, the actual puzzles suffer. This title gives you a crisp, clean experience, with challenging puzzles that will keep testing you the further you get. The game builds on existing mechanics and introduces new ones. Luckily, when new mechanics are added, the 1st level or 2 are designed so that you can understand how it will work. But, if you get stuck on any of the puzzles there is a button you can press that will show you the solution.
Active Neurons 3 : Wonders of the World is available now on Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and Steam with a price tag around $5. With well over 100 different puzzles, there is enough content to keep your brain churning for a few hours. While the premise of the game has been around for a long time, they continue to take it to new heights. Even if you have not played the 1st 2 games in the series, this is one to make sure you pick up.