The Earth is screwed, and you have to bring it back to life.
That is the basic premise of Brainergy, a game that is just as much about learning about renewable energies as playing a particle physics game. Not far in gameplay from games such as Auditorium, where particles also flow. What sets them apart is basically that Brainergy looks boring, and plays with less flow.
The world in Brainergy is grey, black and quite boring. You get to travel between cities that constitute the level structure. There is little telling the thirteen cities apart beyond a small landmark found on the level select screen. The levels in Paris don’t feature any Eiffel Tower for example. Instead you get a black background with a couple of buildings at best. There is a flow of energy that comes in different colors. Redirecting, converting the energy to solar panels, or later on using water.
The controls are fairly basic with the tools found on the right side of the screen. Drag something onto the play area, and then you can rotate the object using the on-screen circle. This circle is supposed to be around the object, but at times it bugs out and ends up somewhere else on the screen. The game keeps track of time, and number of moves to complete levels. You are then judged in one to three stars. With wonky control bugs this becomes quite a nuisance.
The levels get progressively harder, but sadly my interest in the game vanes with the same progression. The boring palette combined with slightly uninspired gameplay that is too close to Auditorium at best, and too close to mirror reflection games when at it’s worst.
Brainergy is created using Marmalade, and I have had some crash issues on my New iPad. The game has crashed with different error codes relating to the engine. Intensive games like N.O.V.A 3 and GTA 3 run well, but a physics puzzler crashes. Not good in my book.
Brainergy tries to introduce knowledge of renewable energy sources, and raise awareness. Too bad that these attempts are few, and quite poorly executed. You can get small tips about the environment in a small font from the options menu for example. I think it is a missed opportunity.
The best graphics found in Brainergy resides in the icon that looks quite cool. If that kind of palette had been used, and the black thrown out this would have been less of a depressing experience.
Brainergy fails to both deliver the message, and some really fun physics puzzles. It feels old, and tired yet it could have showcased a fresh new world of renewable energy.
Brainergy $0.99 Universal for iPad/iPhone/iPod