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Induction Review

May 30th, 2017 by

induction 001Induction is apparently one of the safest methods of cooking.  An alternative to traditional gas and electric hobs it is one of the cheapest to run but very expensive to buy.  Rather than heating the pan, a magnet excites the molecules in the pan so the pan itself becomes the cooking surface.  Got that bit?

This game is nothing to do with cooking.

Its about moving a cube around the screen.  Not even an Oxo Cube.  There is literally nothing cooking related here.  This is an isometric puzzler with your objective to move your cube from one part of the level to another cube somewhere else.  Trip switches to open bridges, etc.  So far so seen-this-all-before.

But now you have added time travel.  As demonstrated in films such as Back to the Future Part 2, Donnie Darko, Looper and Hot Tub Time Machine, this can get confusing very quickly.  In essence, you move something to make a bridge appear, but if you move then it disappears.  What a pain, a bit like a burst pipe.  A few years ago, I was fixing down some loose floor boards in a bedroom.  Of course muggins here failed to notice a water pipe and put a nail straight through.  Water starts pissing everywhere but stops when I put my finger on it.  However, I am the only one in the house and the stop valve is downstairs.  Bastard.  Cue running downstairs and water escaping.

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However, in this case you’re standing on the switch, press the Y button and a mirror image of yourself appears and replays you previous moves.  Thus your past-self triggers the bridge and your present-self crosses it.  Got that.  They get even more complicated than that but I am already confused writing this.

What was a nice touch is that if you made a mistake you could rewind your play through a few steps with left trigger, fast forward with the right.  If you have completely ballsed it up, press Y goes back to the start.  Obviously this is if you are playing with a game pad, if you are not then this bit doesn’t make sense.

There’s 50 levels apparently.  However, my tiny middle-aged brain didn’t get anywhere close.

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It’s nice to look at and the music is pleasingly not annoying.  But is does get hard pretty quickly which may put off the more casual amongst us.  At £6.99 on Steam at time of writing, its OK value.  I couldn’t help think that this might be better suited on either a phone app or a Steam sale.

I would have preferred some added cooking elements though.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 7/10     Format:  PC      Release Date: Out Now

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a review copy of  Induction for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of  one day. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

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