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Wrap your mind around the next intensive puzzle game - Interlocked!
A 3D puzzle game with a chilling atmosphere.

You know those puzzles consisting of a few wooden blocks that are impossible take apart? Then you know Interlocked. Each level, you're given a unique 3D puzzle consisting of blocks that hold each other together. Take it apart and you'll feel ten times as smart :-)

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Controls:
When using the Glance Tool (an eye icon is displayed at the bottom left circle) you can rotate the puzzle with the mouse while holding the left mouse button.

When using the Pull Tool (a hand icon) click on a piece to pop up the axis selection gizmo and pull in the desired direction.

To switch tools press the spacebar or click the tool icon. You can hold the spacebar to use the other tool.

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RyansonRyanson

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very Good Brain-Teaser With Potential

There are games that truly deserve that rare 10 out of 10. Games that push the boundaries, are perfect in almost every way, that deserve to be on top until the next one comes along to knock it off its throne. Sadly, Interlocked is *not* that game. Not to say this isn't a very nice game, with well-thought out puzzles. It could very well be a contender for runner-up, but there's a feeling that this game hasn't quite reached its full potential. It's yet to be the best it can be.

It's presented as a puzzler, based off of puzzles of interlocking blocks that seem impossible to take apart. It's a basic concept, but one that goes far. The graphics are, as such, simple -- they're blocks. But they're 3D -- you can rotate them any which direction, bring the pieces closer or pull them away. Deceptively simple, but brilliant -- no need for an extravaganza! The music does a nice job too; it's pleasant, relaxing, never overwhelming but never quite memorable. You could be taking a bath.

The controls are simple -- you can either rotate the puzzle in any direction or angle, or you can try to move a single piece. Space bar switches between them, the mouse uses them. But the difficulty can deceive you -- especially when you're struggling to move a piece but the angle you're at won't let you. It's not as smooth as desired, but perhaps that's a part of the puzzle. And you'll still feel a tiny bit smarter after solving these puzzles, which is always a postive.

There's something about this game, though. It's very creative, but it feels incomplete. There are still a few bugs to work out -- after trying one of the early puzzles, the blocks started to phase and jerk around into each other. The controls seem like they could be smoother, though they still work well. And despite the hints given out, this game seems like it'd only attract fans of puzzling games, people with a large amount of patience. Not very accessible.

If you're looking for a good brainteaser game, I highly recommend this particular one. It's great, but not excellent; there *are* better puzzle games out there. However, they are so few and far between that it's completely excusable to think this is the best. It's very good, yes. Very deserving it its front page status. But it could always be better -- and the real puzzle is how to improve on this next time.


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Drags911Drags911

Rated 5 / 5 stars

neat puzzle

the puzzles are superb !
but the music ... oh the music
I played and when I stopped I just listened and relaxed
the music is just incredible
cheers


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DanpczDanpcz

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Exellent game xD

it's good to practice the "spatial inteligence", have fun and relax xD
the background music helps a lot on the third thing xD

really well done!! congratulations!!


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neoplatinum12neoplatinum12

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Congratulations!

For this fantastic game!
It has many great details i'd like to mention.
-The music was indeed very relaxing, setting a nice mood to the game, helping you chill and concentrate on the puzzle. Also did not seem repetitive at all, which is hard to manage.
-The design. It wasn't anything fancy, with tons of details. It was nice and simple. Easy colors to distinguish each piece. And everything perfectly clear. The interface, the menu, the "selection gizmo"... =) Having the axis show always the same color and rotate with the puzzle was also very nice. Making it quite player friendly, to put it one way.
-The controls. Just perfect! Completely intuitive. Giving the option of toggling between rotate or pull, or holding spacebar down for a quick movement/sight.
Also loved how it first let you easily choose what axis you were going to move the piece on, instead of just guessing and moving straight away.
-The programming. Very nice job here. Movement was smooth, menu worked perfectly. No jerks at all. A nice acceleration and deceleration when moving a piece. Pieces interacted perfectly, and as a bonus, we even got a little noise whenever the piece hit something. Seriously, kudos on this!
-And last but not least, the puzzles. Very entertaining. Very easy at first, but with a nice build up of complication. (Although in my opinion numbers 11,12,13 were harder than #14, but this is just a side note.) As other people have said, instead of making you frustrated, you felt determined to finish the puzzle, with the final objective of finishing the puzzle, and to feel 10 times as smart. ;)

All in all, this game deserves no less than 10/10, and 5/5. =)
Good luck and thanks for the game! Keep it up!

Cheers! ^^

PS: Sorry about the long review. =P


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KastanjKastanj

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great but bothersome controls.

Controls are iffy - blocks edges bite into one another too easily so all the moves and shifting are very annoying to make.