Glyphs Apprentice Review

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FYIG had the opportunity to play an interesting new puzzle game over the weekend. Is this one worth your time? Take a look in our Glyphs Apprentice review!

Release Date March 16, 2017
Genre Puzzle
Platforms PC
Developer inSPIRE Games
Price $9.99 US
Players 1 Player
ESRB Rating N/A

 

The puzzle genre is an interesting one in gaming. It’s a genre that fits on pretty much every platform well and appeals to a broad demographic. I don’t have a lot of experience with puzzle games. I’ve never really enjoyed the whole premise behind them. I just don’t feel like there is an incentive to keep playing as there are with story-driven or competition-based games. With that being said, I decided to try out an inventive new puzzle game called Glyphs Apprentice on PC.

Glyphs Apprentice is not your traditional puzzle game in any sense of the word. While most puzzle games are pretty simple and become repetitive over time. I don’t feel that way about this game. Glyphs Apprentice is not one of those casual games that you can just pick up and play. It has a distinct learning curve and is very difficult to understand at first. I know that will instantly turn some people off. I had that problem a bit myself, at first. It’s daunting to see so many options at your disposal and to not really know what to do with them, but there’s also a sense of freedom to that.

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Puzzles are sorted by difficulty.

The good thing about Glyphs Apprentice is that there’s an in-depth tutorial that you can use to understand how to use all the functions at your fingertips. These tutorials take your through everything as you do it step by step and really help you understand the game better. The basic premise of the games is that you have to transfer energy from one point to another. While that sounds simple enough, it can prove quite frustrating as you get further along in the game and the puzzles become more intricate. Make no mistake, this is not a game for the faint of heart and if you get frustrated easily, you probably won’t enjoy it.

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The debug panel to the side shows what actions your pieces are performing.

To play Glyphs Apprentice, you have to out down different pieces onto the board which all function different ways. Some of these pieces include arms, generators, shapers, augmenters, etc. Each of these items is important in a different way and it’s your job to figure out which one to use and how. It would be detailed enough just having different pieces to use, but you can customize how each piece works on the board from how it moves to how big it is to when it grabs the energy orb. It’s easily one of the most ambitious puzzle games I’ve ever played. I give a lot of credit to developer Scott Kingdon for how meticulous you have to be in playing it. 

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A typical puzzle in Glyphs Apprentice.

Glyphs Apprentice includes 70 levels which can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour to complete. It’s one of those games that you’re not going to breeze through in an afternoon. Some of these puzzles are rough and may require you to stop playing and come back to them later. I don’t see that as a bad thing, though. I really think that the industry needs games like this. Some people are really craving a challenge out there and that’s where this game comes in.

I’d recommend Glyphs Apprentice to anyone who enjoys puzzle games and doesn’t get stressed out when a solution isn’t obvious. It wasn’t particularly the type of game that I enjoy, but it’s definitely a well-made puzzle game that offers a lot of gameplay for a relatively cheap price point. Check it out on Steam for $9.99USD!

*A copy of this game was provided by the publisher to FYIG for review purposes*

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