Posted: 18 months ago, last updated 10 months ago.
Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
You play the game in short 8 level runs on a series of 6x6 grids. Each turn, you move one tile and can if you wish, pull a data siphon. If you choose to do this, you'll collect all the money and energy in adjacent tiles. But you need to be careful as this can also spawn more enemies to deal with.
By carefully choosing these boxes you aim to gain more points than enemies as well as unlocking new function power-ups that can, for example, restore your health, kill enemies, add to your score, and do many other things which can help you stay alive in the run.
There are several different types of enemies, and each one has different abilities, so you need to remember how best to deal with them, be it shooting them or destroying them with a function. If you collide with an enemy, you lose a life, and each enemy can move between your turn, so you need to ensure you keep aware of all of them at all times. You can also only siphon if you collect an item on the board, and then only once, so you need to ensure that you choose the best location that will optimise your run.
You aren't forced to stay in a level any longer than you want to, so it's a game of strategy and well-considered risk-taking as to whether you remain behind in a level to get more points or simply get through all 8 levels without dying. A bit like being both dungeon master and player at the same time. A novel challenge for fans of puzzle games, dungeon crawlers, and strategy.
Release Date: 30/08/2013, updated in 2017
Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle and Strategy)
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Pixels
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Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
There is a DLC, called PLAN.B, which adds new powerups and gameplay mechanics.
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As it is a turn-based game, the speed of the game is dependent on your actions, so you can take as long as you need.
While text and game objects are generally quite large, they can tend to blend into the background on occasion.
You can press M to mute the game, and it can be played in full with no sound.
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