Who doesn’t like a good old puzzle game? Ever since humankind invented free time, we have tried to keep ourselves busy and challenged. Hack Grid fulfills this role to quite a great level and it’s even based on hacking! (who doesn’t want to feel like a proper hacker, come on).
Hack Grid is pretty simple and straightforward, you only have to move the static “pieces” on screen so that just one remains. These pieces have two different colors, pink and aqua — unless you activate the colorblind option, which will turn them into red and dark blue. They can only move through the paths (or rails) that connect one with another. Furthermore, you can only move one piece onto another if they are different colors.
At first, this may sound pretty easy and you may think that I’m talking about a chess-like game right here, but as you progress through the levels, Hack Grid implements new and strange pieces to throw a curveball your way. To be honest, I have spent some ridiculous time in some of them, but I’m sure you can do better.
The game is challenging, but it is not impossible; as it comes with a lot of tips in an attempt to help you progress. If you find yourself stuck, you are able to skip a level, however, you will have to return to it eventually, as you can’t skip two levels in a row. Even so, the difficulty ramps up to a point where you might find yourself raging a bit but you don’t need to worry. Hack Grid comes with its own motivational retro playlist full of electronic songs for you to concentrate on how the hell does that darn piece always makes you restart the level. the game sure has its ways to make you try again and again until you beat it.
Moreover, for you tryhards out there, the game even includes a speed run mode, which starts a clock that keeps track of every second you spend playing and it even includes restarts. So, you are covered in case you want to end the game as fast as possible and beat a record.
Last but not least, I just had to point out the visual appearance of Hack Grid. Since the moment you start running it, you will notice the game has a kind of old, enormous TV and arcade appearance, even portraying the curvature that these kinds of screens had. This sure gives some unique visual effects to the game. I myself have this effect disabled in-game (as I am as blind as Daredevil), but you can just keep it running as, when mixed with the music, it gives the game a pretty old-school theme.
All in all, Hack Grid can test you to your very limit, however, depending on your experience with puzzle games, it can also be easy. Even so, it’s a good, challenging, unique, retro game that sells for only $2.99 on Steam (unless you hack the grid to get it, but don’t do that).
All in all, Hack Grid can test you to your very limit, but it can also be easy, depending on your experience in puzzle games. But it surely is a good, challenging, unique, retro game that sells for only $2.99 on Steam (unless you hack the grid to get it, but don’t do that).
- Unique gameplay and graphics
- Simple, easy to understand mechanics
- Text tips and reminders for players who may be lost
- Steady increase in difficulty
- Low price tag
- The visual effects may hurt your eyesight if activated and seen for hours
- A little on the short end