Briquid is a new mobile video game built specifically for tablets from Gamious, and it is now available for the iPad and Android tablets. I had a chance to play it this week for review purposes, and I must say that I’m a huge fan of Briquid. I wouldn’t say that the puzzle genre is my favorite amongst the various video game flavors out in the market these days, but every once in awhile I do like to see if my brain cells can function outside of interpreting Internet fodder.
Briquid more than provided the test I was looking for with its unique physics based gameplay and undeniable 8-bit charm, and it kept me glued to my iPad as I tried to make my way from level to level. This is one puzzler that I can wholeheartedly recommend, but by all means please continue on to the full review to see if Briquid is a game that you should be playing.
EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas
(iPad version tested)
- Classic 8-bit look and feel
- Addicting physics based gameplay
- Challenging puzzles that feel rewarding when conquered
- Great thinking music and sound effects
The Not so Awesome
- It’ll make your grey matter hurt
- Currently only for tablets
The heart and soul of Briquid’s gameplay revolves around the simple notion of transporting water from one section of the level to the next. To do so you are tasked with clicking on little 8-bit bricks to allow the water to flow to its destination. In addition to removing bricks, some levels require you to click on blank grid spaces to add new bricks in an attempt to prevent the water from going somewhere it shouldn’t. As you advance you have to carefully plot out your brick removal and addition strategies because you are limited to how many brick move you can make. If you run out of bricks before the water has been transported your game will end.
The end game is getting the water into the green dotted square
Sounds simple so far right? Well I can assure you that Briquid is far from simple. The devs do a great job introducing the various gameplay mechanics at a pace that won’t confuse you, but at the same time they ramp up the difficulty in each new stage to keep you engaged and challenged. Things really get interesting when gravity is introduced, which adds a whole new level of complexity. Not only do you have to carefully plot out your brick movements, but you also have to take into account how the water will flow based on the direction that the gravity is pointing. Certain levels may require only one gravity flip, but others will require you to constantly alter the gravity pull to ensure a 100% level completion score.
The combination of brick management and the flow of gravity will rack your little brain folds as you try to execute every level with a perfect score. Perfection isn’t necessary to move on to the next level, but only quitters don’t strive for excellence. More often than not you’ll find yourself replaying each level building upon what you learned in your previous attempt to achieve a perfect score, and when you have that light bulb moment there’s no better feeling than realizing that accomplishment. This feeling is what kept me glued to my iPad’s screen. There’s nothing better than a video game making you feel intelligent, and Briquid provides many opportunities to do so.
Without a doubt one of Briquid’s most endearing features is its classic 8-bit presentation. The visuals are nothing to write home about, but that’s the beauty of them. The simplistic design adds to the charm of Briquid, and it will remind some of you of your NES past. The clean interface mixed with the brick mechanic creates a visual that reminded me of graph paper. Which, in all honesty, really helps to plan out your strategy of placing and removing bricks on your way to achieving 100% completion. Briquid’s visuals may not be what you’re expecting to see in a 2013 game, but they fit perfectly for this brilliant puzzle game.
Briquid’s visuals may not be considered next-gen but they’ll charm your gamer pants off
Just like the visuals Briquid’s soundtrack is straight out of the 8-bit era, and it’s awesome. The main background music is perfect to listen to while you rack your brain over choosing the best strategy to transport your water to its destination. If you’ve every played Hexic on the Xbox 360 then you’ll have a good idea of what Briquid’s music sounds like. It doesn’t intrude upon your thought process with obnoxious beeps and bops, but rather it soothes your soul to enable the best possible environment for achieving success.
Briquid is a stellar physics based puzzle game that will snare your attention the moment you fire up the first level. Its excellent and easy to learn gameplay will click with you immediately, but before you know it you’ll face some intense challenges that involve gravity and strategic brick management. The 8-bit visuals and soundtrack will charm your pants off, and for those of us who grew up in the NES era it will remind you of your gaming roots.
For the low price of $2.99 Briquid is well worth the cash investment. It has over 100 levels which will require Einstein-like mental abilities to master. If you want to try it for yourself Gamious generously offers a free version to test it out. You can find the various download links after the break, and I highly recommend trying Briquid out. For all its upside I’ve decided to give Briquid an EB 9 out of 10 Buddhas. I may not be an avid puzzler, but this brain oriented title really provided some great entertainment and mental challenges.
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