Sunday, 21 October 2012

Cogs Review

I know I have yet to finish all of the Humble Bundle 6 but here is a one off game from Humbe Bundle 4. Cogs is yet another puzzle game in an era rife with them. However, Cogs unlike it it's competitors gets it right by being a solid mind boggling puzzle game. In Cogs you move the different cogs of pipes around the board in order in order to accomplish whatever the puzzle has set you to do, from inflate a balloon to pump water. Cogs not only operates on a 2D plane but also bring it into the 3rd dimension. This means it almost becomes a Rubik's like puzzle at times.

The puzzles in Cogs start of with the basic and slowly build up to the devilishly difficult. Cogs uses a system basically the game as those old small squares where you move the slots around to make some kind of picture. However, it does this and makes an concept that is getting on in it's years feel very fresh and new. Each level has these pieces needing to be assembled in a specific order but where Cogs mixes it up by having you need to flip over the board and continue the puzzle on the other side or face depending upon the shape of the puzzle.

While Cogs definitely gives you your puzzle fix, if these kinds of puzzles are not for you then you would be best fit to go else where. But if you are after a moving blocks puzzle then Cogs is definitely the game for you. The limited game modes might put you off but it shouldn't since the number of different puzzles certainly kept me busy for a long while.

Score: 85/100

General Information

Game Name: Cogs
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: Lazy 8 Studios
Release date: 4th April 2009
Bundle: Humble Bundle 4

Windows:
OS: Windows XP or later
Processor: 1.5 GHz CPU or better
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 64 MB graphics card with hardware transform and lighting (T&L)
Mac:
OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
Processor: Intel-based processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Video Card: hardware support for OpenGL 2.0 or higher (Does not work with Intel GMA 950 or lower graphics processors)
Linux:
Processor: 1.5 GHz CPU or better
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible 64 MB graphics card with hardware transform and lighting (T&L)