Game Review: MAGRUNNER - DARK PULSE

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

Magrunner - Dark Pulse Review

Review: Magrunner – Dark Pulse / Publisher: 3 AM Games / Platform: All / Release Date: Out Now

Portal is responsible for two things: encouraging a whole host of puzzle games to be produced, and also ensuring that any such puzzle game would contain a decent story. That said, it’s profoundly unfair to compare Magrunner: Dark Pulse to Portal. Apart from being a story-lead puzzle inspired game, they’re nothing like each other.

The plot of Magrunner: Dark Pulse involves a young man competing with others for the honour of being a space explorer. Set in a cyberpunk dystopia, Magrunner is very exposition-heavy, with much of the drama being told to you rather than discovered through gameplay. Though the setting isn’t particularly rich or original, there are still a lot of interesting little story elements that keep it going, building up to a wonderfully creepy peak when the player discovers exactly what has gone horribly wrong with the world and what malign forces are responsible. As the game dips into horror, the puzzles become harder and the revelations keep coming. Though Magrunner is stuffed full of tropes and odd references, this actually makes the whole thing charming rather than dull.

This is perhaps because you have to work very hard to get anywhere in the game. The puzzles are all based around magnetic attraction. You have a special glove that allows you to grant certain objects a magnetic field, simply by pointing and clicking. Attraction and repulsion make up a lot of the action, but later elements include mag-lev style trains and the like. These make up for a series of very challenging puzzles that can be a little frustrating at times, mostly because it’s really easy to miss with the glove and find yourself being hurtled toward a wall at high speed. The graphics are okay and the design aesthetic is a nice mix of glowing black box and implied evil. Overall, this is a fun game and worth your time.


Suggested Articles:
Fantasy Flight’s massive space war game, Star Wars Armada, is designed to emulate the epic battles
Zombies plague the modern age. The success of the TV show Walking Dead has meant that shambling corp
STARBURST recently got its hands on a proto-type for Legends Untold, a card-based dungeon crawling a
Halo is an interesting franchise. The space war series is best known for the seemingly endless range
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Games Reviews

STAR WARS ARMADA: WAVE 3 AND 4 08 December 2016

THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR MINIATURES GAME 08 December 2016

LEGENDS UNTOLD 03 December 2016

HALO GROUND COMMAND - BATTLE FOR REACH 03 December 2016

OMINOES 02 December 2016

CITIES: SKYLINES – NATURAL DISASTERS 30 November 2016

BLOSSOM TALES: THE SLEEPING KING [PREVIEW] 16 November 2016

TYRANNY 10 November 2016

TITANFALL 2 03 November 2016

CIVILIZATION VI 27 October 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
...
 
 
...
 
 
 
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144