Phase Spur is a different kind of puzzle game where you have to arrange a few blocks in a room so that no more than two ever occupy the same row or column, or diagonal. Why they want to stay apart and not huddle in one giant block party is a mystery. Perhaps they are introverts and prefer quiet one-on-one conversations to the pressure of a group setting. Perhaps this delving into the psyche of the blocks is a pointless exercise because the game does not require you to listen to the blocks’ problems anyway.
What it does require you to do is to figure out the solutions to their peculiar seating arrangements. A game that this reminds us of is ‘Girls Like Robots’ which functioned on the assumption that while girls like robots, they dislike nerds (not a notion we agree with). However, Phase Spur does not get as intricate as this one. The graphics in Phase Spur are not especially remarkable but are pleasant enough to keep you engrossed.
One point where the game gets a little tedious is the tutorial. If you are one of those who skips the tutorial and then wonders how to throw a kick mid-combat, you will hate this part of the game. There is too much text and exposition for something that you will intuitively get if they just allow you to play, dammit!
The puzzles are engaging but some of the levels are only slightly different versions of the same setting. However, the game is worth playing for not being a clone of an existing game and also because of the solid execution. Turns out, you might learn some math while playing. The game is based on the ‘No-three-in-a-line problem’ which is exactly what it sounds like. Actual mathematicians have worked on this problem and now you can too!
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.