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Review Interlocked

Brandon Girod
Good graphics, intense gameplay, good puzzles
Menus look low quality, sound is lo-fi
When I first started Interlocked for Android, the menu dashed any hopes I had of this being a good game. Then I actually started to play said game and was surprised by how hard it had me thinking just within the first 10 levels. If you ever played with wooden puzzles when you were a kid then you’ll love this game. It’s a puzzle game that has very odd shapes connected together, and you must shift each piece in a position to unlock them all.
Don’t take what I said about the difficulty too hard. These puzzles will have you thinking, but they’re also solvable within 30 seconds. You’ve really gotta take a hands-on approach to solving the puzzle, which means you’ll be zooming in and out, rotating it, and shifting each little piece over and over again to see how it fits and moves in relation to other pieces.
Presentation isn’t great and the music is pretty horrid, but the puzzles themselves will have you engaged for hours, and there are plenty to be had. Some are more difficult than others, and their complexity progresses the further you get.
I didn’t like the menu system, however. The menu combined with the low quality sound made the game feel “cheap,” which is silly considering it’s a free game. I’m also not super fond of the controls. Sometimes I’d need to repeatedly tap, scroll, tap, and scroll to get a piece out. Sometimes it would shift the camera around, and there never seemed to be a good place to sit the camera, so I always found myself playing around with that too. Just trying to find a good view cost a lot of time, which is one of the factors in how you’re scored.
Interlocked is a great puzzle game. One of the best that I’ve played in a really long time. If you’re a puzzle fan then give this game a shot because you’ll love it.

Final ratings

Gameplay 9/10
Story 8/10
Graphics 8/10
Sound 8/10
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