Sunday, October 20, 2013

No Money, No Problem: Transmover

Title: Transmover/Transmover: New Generation
Developer: Polygon Gmen
Platforms: Browser
Price: Free
Released in 2009 and 2011 respectively, the Transmover games are not the most visually impressive or exciting flash games, but they take a simple puzzle mechanic and wring out dozens of inventive ways to test your spatial puzzle solving skills.
While the intructions are in Japanese, the menu options are in English and you can change the language settings to English in the Options. Either way the controls are very simple: arrow keys to move, WASD to shoot your raygun in one of those directions. You can only jump the height of one block and can shoot while climbing ladders, hanging from poles, and jumping. Your raygun isn't used to kill enemies or blow away obstacles; instead shooting special green blocks allow you to swap places with the block. Throughout your quest to collect keys and unlock the level exit, this mechanics opens the door for a huge variety of challenges across the main levels and hundreds of user levels across both games: from walls that only allow you or your laser to pass through, blocks that can only be shoot from a certain angle, blocks that can only be swapped once, blocks that change orientation when swapped, and more.
The Transmover games offer a wide range of puzzles that will keep you entertained for hours. You can play Transmover here and Transmover: New Generation here.

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