By Edwin Velez
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on August 29th, 2016 for Xbox One (Also on PS4 & PC)
Developer: Ant Workshop Publisher: Ground Shatter Ltd.
Binaries pits two colored balls, one orange and one blue, in deadly maps that you must navigate them across to see them to the finish line. With the levels being immediately intimidating, you may think that the obstacles in front of you are the only thing standing in your way. But you would be terribly wrong, as the game will tell you time and time again. You actually have to move both balls at the same time. Move left, they both go left, move right, they both go right. You get the idea! This makes the game as challenging as they come. With moving obstacles, deadly spikes, and other things like ninja stars trying to kill you, managing only one ball would be a trying task. Now you have two. Like an unexpected second child, the stress piles up as you bounce your attention back and forth while hoping the other one is okay. The levels are seemingly designed by Bond villains as well. The game is straight up evil (but in a good, puzzle game way I assure you). The silver lining is that as smart as the obstacles are, there are also smart ways to navigate them. The maps are typically orange and blue as well, and when you roll your ball on the opposite color, it is safe from any death causing obstacles that do not match it. So orange spikes are no match for a blue ball, and blue ninja stars won't scratch the orange ball. There is also other cool things like warp holes, jump pads, and time extensions that will change the way you play. Though my time was mostly filled with pain, agony, and self-doubt, there were some good times to be had.
As I mentioned earlier, I am not able to beat the entirety of the game. Not even close. But as a puzzle title, I feel this is more than understandable. Binaries is like the Dark Souls of puzzle games, and if you are into the sort of punishm...I mean challenge, it is definitely wo
rth looking into. As a complex puzzle game, it is not for everyone. From what I played though, there is a lot to offer here for the puzzle fans out there, and for only $10 you can test your brain and raise your blood pressure. Binaries is systematic punishment, but in a bright, groovy, smart and witty package. You have been warned.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 7.5/10
+Smart in essence and humor