Energy Cycle Edge is an indie music puzzle title published by Sometimes You. The aim of the game is to match the adjacent rows of stars by colour. This is activated by clicking on them as each cell switches between three different colours. To beat a level you must get all the colours to match and that’s the basic premise for this game.
While I had this title on the PS Vita in its original form, it is the sequel to Energy Cycle, it was kinda fun but this new edition is a slightly different beast. It was well known to trophy and achievement hunters as it had a really easy trophy/achievement list, which included a much-coveted platinum but naturally, this is missing on the Switch. While I spent about half an hour on the original getting all the trophies (with a walkthrough) I didn’t find this version as fun as because there is no reward for completing the puzzles. The music is very relaxing and enjoyable but the game as a whole just isn’t that fun to play. Additionally, the original provided a short but vital guide on how to actually play the game but this time around it is straight into the gameplay without any helpful hints or tutorial. The previous version even had a time attack and endless mode to accompany the adventure. Sadly again this only has three options, the gameplay, settings and credits – it’s really a bare-bones affair. There are more individual levels in this version though, expanding from 28 to 44.
This review is unfortunately very short as there isn’t much to the game once you get past this. The puzzles are still very rudimentary and once you grasp the concept of the game you can get through the 44 levels pretty quickly. And to be honest that is about all the game has to offer. There isn’t enough content in this game to keep you going for long but playing in short bursts, I think, would give more enjoyment out of Energy Cycle Edge.
While this isn’t a terrible game there isn’t a lot of meat on the bones. Once you have finished the game there isn’t a lot of reason to go back after that first initial play. While this game is a budget title it isn’t worth buying in its current form.
Beard Score 3/10
Nintendo Switch Essentials:
Platform: Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 05/12/2018 (Switch)
No. of Players: 1
Category: Music, Puzzle
Publisher: Sometimes You
Download link: eShop