Circuits is an indie puzzle game developed and published by Digital Tentacle and can be purchased on Steam for just $4.99! This game really does need to be played with headphones though (not included) but speakers also work. You’ll just have to listen a little more carefully.
Circuits is the first puzzle game of its kind that I’ve come across and quite frankly it fills that hole that I’ve had to manually fill myself whenever playing puzzle games lately: the music. This is a casual puzzle game revolving around music and as such, may not be for everyone depending on your taste in music. However, there are tons of player created puzzles as well which can be found in the Steam Workshop and you can even compose your own by selecting Circuits Composer upon launch! Be warned, it’s best to use windowed mode for the Composer since full screen does not seem to be supported very well.
That being said, the actual game itself is rather easy: listen to the song and figure out which nodes go where to re-create the song. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is overall but it does throw a few curve balls at you should you choose to not use those free hints each level has built in.
I got about halfway through the game and thus far the only two mechanics are separating layers (yellow, red, and purple) and having to listen for loops in certain nodes. There will always be a little tooltip your first time encountering a new mechanic but it’s pretty easy overall and quite enjoyable for the most part. There were a few levels which had rather annoying nodes to listen through like shoddily done auto-tuned vocals and just sounds that resembled a dial-up modem but the vast majority are nice instrumentals with some EDM/Techno thrown in. If you don’t particularly like a level or want to stop your ears from bleeding, feel free to hit ESC and skip that level!
The songs do tend to end in a rather strange manner which makes it sound very incomplete – as if just fading off in the middle like it forgot what was coming next. Sometimes it’s tolerable but there were a few tracks that I do wish there was more to and it could probably be found somewhere or maybe if you take the time, just re-create it and expand upon it in the Composer. On that note, the Composer itself isn’t exactly user friendly. The UI is clunky and runs rather slowly along with what seems to be an inability to skip around in the track to make edits which is a function present in the actual game. Strange design aside, it’s still nice to have the option to create your own compositions should you choose.
Obviously, not a whole lot going on as far as the graphics go and the gameplay itself it pretty straightforward so it’s friendly towards all ages. I would assume the levels do get more complex as you proceed but as long as you’re not hard of hearing and know how to count to 8, you should be fine.
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