Enigmo 2 full review

Enigmo 2 is a kinetic puzzle game in which you direct the flow of water, plasma or laser beams into receptacles. If that sounds simple, think again. These receptacles are often hidden behind walls, force fields, or other obstructions.

To circumvent the puzzles’ obstacles, you’re given a limited supply of objects such as drums (which divert water) mirrors (which reflect laser beams), and magneto spheres (which redirect plasma streams). There are almost a dozen dynamic parts in all, including switches, teleporters, gravity inverters, and so on.

Once the receptacle fills up with 50 units of water, plasma, or laser, you win the level. How quickly you do this determines how many points you earn.

In the original Enigmo puzzles were resolutely 2D; you had to worry about a puzzle’s height and width, but not its depth. In Enigmo 2 you can rotate puzzles on all three axes. In fact, doing so is key when solving some of the puzzles.

When using a one-button mouse or a trackpad, you rotate the puzzle using keyboard modifier keys – a real pain. I highly recommend playing with a multi-button mouse (the scroll wheel can be used to zoom and pan, while the right button can be used to rotate).

Enigmo 2 looks beautiful. The particle effects for plasma are especially eye-catching. And all the puzzles are colourful and richly detailed against the majestic backdrop of outer space. The sound effects and music are also well matched to the game. The soundtrack is a bit new-age, but well suited to the contemplative mood of the puzzles and the ethereal background.

Enigmo 2 is family-safe and Pangea has even included a less-challenging Kiddie mode, which gives players unlimited tools to accomplish their tasks – though they’re still timed.

There are 50 levels to play in all. When you’ve run through them, you can use the game’s built-in level editor to make more. Pangea also plans to release new levels on its website.

Enigmo 2 is a little on the expensive side for what you get but you can download a trial version of the game before you buy (from the Pangea website or Macworld’s May issue CD). If you’re looking for a less expensive puzzle game, check out GarageGames’ TubeTwist.

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