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Mobile Game Review: Brain It On!

Physics puzzle games were at one point all of the rage – And they weren’t the only puzzles to be such an important part of the genre. ‘Drawing’ puzzles were another massive part of pushing puzzles onto mobile. We had games like Cut The Rope and Scribblenauts. Recently, I found a new puzzle which fits the bill of a drawing physics game, called Brain It On! and thought I’d give the title a try. After all, I love a good puzzle and the game was free, so this could only be good, right?

Overview

Developer Orbital Nine
Platforms Android, iOS
Worldwide Release
June 2015
Genre Puzzler, Physics, Drawing
Price & Ads
£Free (Occasional Ad after levels, or to get hints)

Review

Gameplay

The most important element of this game lies in the gameplay – A simple, easy to understand game, with a lot of important behind-the-scenes thought processes. The game simply tells you what the objective of the level is and it’s up to you and your creativity to beat the level. From having to understand a (relatively basic level) of physics, to having to figure out how to use your knowledge of physics to your advantage, insofar as to complete a level.

You start off typically with a blank slate, of which you can do whatever you wish to complete the level. The first level literally just asks you to draw a shape. It can be anything – But that’s all it gives you in terms of a tutorial. The game teaches you as you go along, as it adds in extra elements, such as a red area, which you cannot draw in. As well as this, it adds in magnets and other such pitfalls. You have to figure out what shapes, what objects you can make, what height you should drop things from and more. It’s a great little brain teaser.

You can watch a short ad if you wish to get a hint in the middle of a level, but the hints I’ve found to be rather odd. They give you the shapes you need, but they don’t go any further than that. I like the fact the game doesn’t tell you how to do a level, but instead educates you of what you need to do. It makes the hint truly a hint – But you only get one hint per level, which for weirder, more specific puzzles, can be a problem.

Graphics

As ever, we believe people should be able to see a game for themselves, before they go and get it. As such, check out our very small gallery:

Audio

The audio in this game is super simple – It’s just one loop over and over again, which, hey, keeps the file size of the game way down. There’s nothing offensive about the audio loop, but it’s nothing that’ll stick in your head for any longer than you playing the game. Naturally, you may just want to turn the sound off, as it adds nothing meaningful to the game at all. It is more just there to fill the “silent void”.

Overall

There really wasn’t too much I could have said about this game, with there being no story and most of the elements of the game were pretty basic. With this having been said, however, the game handles itself really well. The game understands a good base level of physics, which makes the game great fun. Some of the puzzles are questionable, as they require a specific way to be dealt with – and sometimes it doesn’t quite register things moving at great speed as well as it could, but that doesn’t stop the game being fun. The whole time, it feels responsive and the game plays well. If you’ve got some free time, go and check it out! As ever, if you’ve ever experienced this game, share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on Facebook or Twitter.

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