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THE DIGITAL RUBIK’S CUBE GAME: Developed by Stately Snail and published by Ratalaika Games comes the brain stretching 3D-puzzle game: Access Denied. Methodically challenge yourself as you solve the puzzles of these riddle boxes that pose ever challenging the higher the level you are on. Are you up to the challenge? First off, let me ..

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Access Denied Xbox One Review

THE DIGITAL RUBIK’S CUBE GAME:

Developed by Stately Snail and published by Ratalaika Games comes the brain stretching 3D-puzzle game: Access Denied. Methodically challenge yourself as you solve the puzzles of these riddle boxes that pose ever challenging the higher the level you are on. Are you up to the challenge?

First off, let me say that Access Denied is monumentally fun for a puzzle game. The puzzle games I’ve played in the past have been irritatingly difficult and have cheesed me off more times than I would care to count. This said, I felt that Access Denied was just the right sort of difficulty and for once, I actually had a grasp of what to do.

The design of Access Denied is fairly simple: you are tasked with unlocking these puzzle boxes, that come through a door in your desk at your workshop. Using what you have in front of you, by rotating and looking closely at the box you are given, you have to decipher the correct pattern or puzzle in order to unlock it and progress onto the next level.

Also, if you’re stuck on any level: the game lets you progress to the next level after roughly a 2 minute wait. This means that you can return to some of those trickier levels afterwards. This is great, because it means you don’t have to sink hours into a puzzle you’ve exhausted all your hope into.

On top of this, the controls are relatively easy to use, allowing you to easily rotate the box, zoom in and change various parts to the puzzle using a hover over cursor. This lets you look at fine details on the puzzle with ease and trust me, you’re going to have to study these puzzle boxes as some of the finer details may be the key to solving the level.

Fortunately, there isn’t a huge amount of levels to bash through, only about 35 ish. This seemed reasonable and although I can’t comment and how long the game takes to finish, I can tell you that in the few hours I spent cracking the game, I managed to get through half of the levels in around 2-3 hours of gameplay. The 30 odd levels in the game makes it just right in my opinion. Usually puzzle games go on for hours and hours as you slowly feel your soul leaving your body. This wasn’t the case for Access Denied.

Not to mention the ludicrous amount of gamescore each achievement gives you. This has to be one of the only puzzle games to have rewarded me for skipping a level. Achievement hunters out there should surely pick this game up as in the first few minutes I was racking an impressive 160 gamescore, from only 2 achievements.

Overall Access Denied was good experience. The game didn’t wasn’t too hard to get frustrated over and it wasn’t too easy to get annoyed about, it was just the right level of difficulty that makes you literally think outside of the box. There are only around 30 odd levels to the game and in quite a small amount of time I’d already beaten half of them. The puzzle difficulty seemed to ramp up the higher the levels and I’d imagine during the latter half of the game, the real brain training gets kicked into gear. Fortunately I didn’t get that far, as I worried I may have lost my mind, but from what I did play it was an enjoyable time and it really lent itself well to experimentation. Theories I didn’t think would work, did and the game encourages this type of behaviour. On the whole, a good game I can see almost anyone would enjoy.

Developed by: Stately Snail Twitter: @StatelySnail

Published by: Ratalaika Games Twitter: @RatalaikaGames

Price – £4.99

 

 

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