Move Mind Benders – The PS3 Attitude Review
The package includes three of the best puzzle games on the PlayStation Store – echochrome ii, Lemmings and Tumble, and is presumably aimed at PS3 owners who are not connected to PSN.
Lemmings originally came to the PlayStation Network way back in November 2006, as a launch title for Sony’s fledgling online service. It is therefore the only game in this compilation that was patched with Move support after its initial release.
Rather than being a port of the original game, the PSN version of Lemmings is a completely different title, and even includes new additions to the gameplay such as clone machines and teleporters. However, your main purpose remains the same ever.
Lemmings aren’t the brightest of mammals, and therefore must be guided to the exit in each level. To get them there, you can assign roles such as Blocker (to make other Lemmings turn around), Basher (to smash through solid walls) and Builder (to reach higher sections and cross gaps).
The gameplay really is timeless, not to mention addictive. The difficulty ramps up significantly on later levels, so it’ll take all your concentration and cunning to pass all 45 levels; it’s good to know that the accuracy of the Move means you are never let down by the controls.
Considering it’s a five year old game, Lemmings on PSN still looks great, and the little green-haired guys have never looked better. The soundtrack also boasts some incredibly catchy tunes, including several remixes of classic Lemmings ditties.
Obviously, Lemmings is normally played with a mouse, so using the PlayStation Move to control the PSN version works brilliantly. If you’re somehow still yet to play this evergreen title, Move Mind Benders presents you with the perfect opportunity to do so.
In the original echochrome, you were tasked with guiding a manikin along a series of blocks, while changing the game’s perspective to create new paths. In echochrome ii, you still guide a manikin, but this time he travels along the blocks’ shadows rather than the blocks themselves.
In each level, you are presented with a bunch of seemingly random shapes, and must use the PlayStation Move like a torch, shining it on the blocks from various angles, in order to make a path in the shadow and allow the shadow manikin to reach the exit.
If it sounds confusing, that’s because it is at first, but once you’ve got to grips with the basic mechanics, it gets much easier to understand. You’ll soon find yourself able to spot paths, stairs and doorways in the shadows with ease.
echochrome ii boasts a truly huge amount of content, as all of the game’s 100 levels can be played in three distinct modes, each of which has its own online leaderboard, and you can even create and upload your own levels and download everyone else’s.
The presentation is also fantastic (although decidedly Japanese), with a string-heavy soundtrack, and menus that are very easy to navigate. Everything has a somewhat minimalist feel, which works perfectly within the world of echochrome.
The first echochrome title was one of the most innovative puzzle games we’ve ever played, and its sequel doesn’t disappoint on that front either. If you’re looking for a genuinely unique puzzle game that does something a little different, then look no further than echochrome ii.
Along with Sports Champions, Tumble was without a doubt one of the stand-out games of the Move’s launch; not bad for a PSN title. At its simplest, Tumble is a block-building game. True, that doesn’t sound particularly enjoyable, but it’s a lot more fun than you’d think.
A lot of the entertainment comes from the sheer variety of the game’s modes. Our favourite are Destruction challenges, in which you are tasked with causing as much devastation to a pre-built tower as possible; it’s actually quite therapeutic.
Each level also has between three and six medals to earn, many of which are very challenging, so only dedicated players will ever collect them all. Several levels and modes are also available to play in local competitive multiplayer, which is nice to see.
It’s also worth mentioning that the sheer accuracy of the PlayStation Move is seen at its best in this game; the incredibly precise movements and 1:1 tracking that are required for Tumble could genuinely never be replicated with any other control scheme.
Like echochrome ii, Tumble’s presentation is rather minimalist, but it still looks pretty impressive, and it fits in well with the block-building gameplay; trust us, you won’t want any distractions when you’re on the verge of earning a gold medal on some of the later levels.
If you think building blocks are just for kids, then Tumble will definitely prove you wrong. Even over a year after launch, it’s still one of the best reasons to own a PlayStation Move motion controller; and we can’t give it any higher praise than that.
All three of the titles included in Move Mind Benders are well worth a look by Move owners and puzzle fans; although, if you already own one or more of these games, then it is still probably cheaper to purchase the other titles separately on the PlayStation Store.
However, if you are yet to play any of them, are not connected to PSN, or want the convenience of having the games on a disc rather than using up space on your HDD, then Move Mind Benders is definitely worthy of your attention, and will provide you with dozens of hours of entertainment.