Gorgeous aesthetically, this pretty unique environmental puzzler has some appeal, but its rules can be hard to get the hang of
It’s hard not to have some immediate appreciation for a game like Amber City with its clean and pretty gorgeous visual style. Backing it up is certainly a unique style of puzzles which involve you managing and manipulating energy, typically moving it from one spot to another in order to trigger sensors that will open doors or serve other functions. Pair that early on with the ability to take control of robots and you’ve got yourself the means for some pretty intricate puzzles at times. Where it stumbles a bit is in the specifics with how you’re meant to be able to use and shift power. The game doesn’t equip you terribly well with meaningful instruction, and though early on you can work out what you need to do through the sheer process of elimination if necessary there were definitely situations where I ended up feeling outright stuck and unclear what I could do differently. If you’re in for something different and a bit of a challenge, and don’t mind the potential need to look up a walkthrough periodically to get yourself out of a tough situation, this could be a solid choice though.
Justin Nation, Score: