Peaceful puzzles, ping together to create a spatial logical thinking training game called Active Neurons by Sometimes You. Active Neurons prides itself on its ability to activate your neurons. Neurons in our brains are responsible for controlling our thoughts and it is up to us to charge those neurons. The more One charges their neurons the healthier that person will be. It is for this reason Sometimes You, has featured 120 logical tasks, more than 15 types of unique mechanics involved in solving those tasks, meditative music that creates a mellow and dreamy atmosphere and support for colour blindness.
These puzzles not only show us the importance a healthy mind has on our bodies, but also what role video games can play in helping us activate different regions of our brains. Puzzle games like Active Neurons challenge our spatial awareness, problem-solving and in this case perseverance when we face difficult tasks and hard to solve issues. When you take a second to compare video games to real life, the lines seem to blur, or maybe that’s just me.
Visually, the game is very simplistic and so is the play style.
It is super easy to just jump in and play, which I love. You play as a glowing white square. On each level you are presented with a series of obstacles and a transparent square outlined in white, which is your final destination. The puzzles start just about the same every time, but be warned, as you progress through the game the puzzles get increasingly more difficult to complete. Each movement you make should be carefully considered, as each level has a solution and to my knowledge only one solution.
That being said, it is really easy to start levels over and they give you an option for the solution if you get stuck. As you progress through the game, you will start lighting up each hemisphere of the brain until you light each side. Lighting each hemisphere of the brain, or firing all neurons, as previously stated, the healthier you will be. In the case of Sometimes You’s Active Neurons, this means playing through all the levels associated with the hemispheres of the brain and then progressing to even more challenging puzzles that incorporate “the whole body”!
Beating the difficulty curve.
The more challenging the levels get, the more you seemingly feel obligated to get this virtual person firing on all neurons! However, despite having great puzzles and entertaining gameplay for a single-player game, Active Neurons doesn’t offer any in-game achievements, score/leaderboards, or even time you on the amount of time it took you to complete levels. I personally like the laid back style of the game, but once you get through it and finish the levels you realise there ultimately is not a lot of playability to this game or competition when it comes to completing it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this game. My partner and I spent some time-solving puzzles together and really enjoyed the ambience of the game. For myself, being really into cognitive science, and brain-related puzzle games, this one was a no brainer for me to pick up and take for a spin. I can say with sincerity this is a fun little game and I would recommend it to other indie puzzle game lovers. You won’t be playing this game for days and days or even weeks, but you are sure to have an enjoyable yet challenging time completing all the levels Active Neurons has to offer. Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to check out other titles being reviewed at Two Beard Gaming!
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Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 29/04/2020
No. of Players: 1
Developer: Nikolai Usachev
Publisher: Sometimes You
Download link: eShop