Review: A Clockwork Brain

This collection of mini-games has a unique steampunk visual style and is guaranteed to flex your cerebral muscles time after time. But how does Total Eclipse’s iOS brain-teaser stack up to its industry rivals?

Puzzle games of this type often fall into one of two categories; the ludicrously easy, making them no fun to tackle, or the insanely hard, making you feel like a fool for even trying. However, A Clockwork Brain has the difficulty levels just right, gently massaging your ego whilst keeping your feet firmly on the ground.

You start the game by playing four of the several mini-games which are selected at random. These range from simple shape and perception puzzles, to the more complex “guess the anagram” game. The latter works by showing you a word, surrounded by several possible anagrams, only one of which has the correct letters to make up the target word. Another game shows you several silhouettes of objects and asks you to guess the correct item from a list.

By completing each of the four mini-games, you earn Sprocket Tokens, the games currency which is used for unlocking new mini-games and items like wallpapers for your iOS device. The amount you earn is dependent on your success in the various mini-games.

As players score points, they earn a star rating and the higher your rating, the more difficult the games become. This is a good way of inducting you into the mechanics of each puzzle before spiking the difficulty.

Having said that, I found that after what I thought to be a nice little challenge, the difficulty soon stepped up to match my performance and became a little bit too hard for my tiny mind, meaning that my star rating averaged out at around three out of five stars.

It wasn’t too demoralising though, as I was still able to solve the majority of puzzles which means that even a three star rating becomes rewarding at the higher levels.

This game has a lot of quirky charm and is satisfying to play through. It is also probably a good workout for your brain as it operates more like an IQ test than some of its trivia-based counterparts on the market. The game costs £1.49 but there is also a Free version on the App Store. This version comes with considerably less content, but serves to give players a feel for the game.

The Sum Up

Despite a steadily increasing difficulty curve, solving A Clockwork Brain’s puzzles leaves you feeling intelligent, whilst well challenged. A truly delightful selection of puzzles and brain teasers to keep you on your toes, wherever you are.

8/10

Check out the trailer to get an idea of some of the mini-games.

A Clockwork Brain is available now on iPhone and iPad via the App Store.

Author: James Sterling

Associate Editor (Game) for PopBucket, avid gamer and educating folks about the Wilhelm Scream since '98. Show him some word-love.

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