Jan 28, 2015
Laser Quest has a flashy name that might fool folks. In a good way.
It’s a puzzle game, true, but it’s how the puzzles are framed that make this interesting. Our protagonist, Nio the octopus, is an industrious creature with an eye for treasure, and a willingness to travel to procure it.
The playing area is a grid made of smaller squares, and the general premise is to move Nio from the start point to the the location square of the treasure chest. these squares can also be occupied by items that can be collected by contact, or otherwise manipulated to effect a solution. There are also stars that can be collected; each level has three.
Unfortunately, there are obstacles between our octopus and the treasure it seeks; chief among these are lasers which have the ability to toast a careless octopus to a crisp. Thankfully, there are helpers that can be collected and/or utilized to neutralize the lasers; two notables ones are reflecting mirrors and wrenches. The former are great when it comes to redirecting the lethal laser in a safer direction. With the instructional cutscenes (and a bit of trial and error), one soon learns how to eliminate lasers. The wrenches can be used to adjust other tools, such that a laser emitter can be twisted 90° to neutralize another laser or such.
Further on, there are other elements: time sensitive bonuses, bombs, torches and more. the puzzles get more creative, and it does become quite the brain teaser.
So it boils down to getting as many stars as possible, creating means if egress, picking up as many gold coins as possible and getting to the successive level.
The game features exhaustible time reversals, as well as as hints. The former can be purchased with gold coins (which themselves can be procured with real cash via in-app purchase).
Bottom line? It’s a fun game with several levels and addictive gameplay. Just what the doctor ordered.