Tiles (PC) Review

By Thom Compton 04.04.2017

Review for Tiles on PC

Reflexes are important to understand how video games work, not only to objectively judge their appeal, but also to understand how certain mechanics make sense. Every video game is a world with its own rules, and reflexes are often the base of many of those rules. Tiles is a great example of that ideal, and it hones its reflex tests for both your brain and your fingers.

Tiles has players moving one tile across other tiles, reaching a red tile to complete the level. Now, that doesn't sound incredibly interesting, until it is learned that different tiles are different colours. Each of these colours behaves inherently differently. Blue tiles disappear once stepped on, while orange tiles disappear every second or so. Tiles is a game all about quickly adapting to new situations, and it's brilliant.

The controls work remarkably well, and you may have heard the phrase, "If you fail, it's your fault." Well, in Tiles, failure is your fault. The fluidity of movement is incredible, and it needs to be. Navigating each of the mazes is wickedly difficult, though remarkably satisfying. It sounds cliché, but the simple premise Tiles gives is both addicting and mentally satisfying.

Screenshot for Tiles on PC

Those looking for something of a graphical juggernaut are going to be sorely disappointed. Here, you get a black background and different coloured squares. It could use being dressed up a little bit more, but in general it does the job fine. The soundtrack, though, is incredibly fun, like a Super Mario techno beat. It complements the "world," which feels almost like a rudimentary computer, and at that point, the whole experience seems to come together.

Tiles might be a tough sale for your friends, which is why the local competitive multiplayer is so exciting. Unfortunately, it uses the same boards the single-player does, so whoever has been playing the game longer will clearly have an advantage. While the multiplayer might be an enticing prospect, the fact that the boards are the same really means you get to be a jerk to a friend who has never played the game.

Screenshot for Tiles on PC

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Tiles is one of the most mentally satisfying puzzle games to release in a while, at least in terms of the single-player. The multiplayer mimics all the levels from the single-player, to the point where they unlock at the same rate. This lack of variety means playing together will have one person, the one who plays the game more, at a clear advantage. There's a simple fix for that if it bothers you. Don't play the multiplayer. Enjoy the ingenious single-player mode, because it's a fantastic experience in every right.

Developer

Romans I XVI Gaming, LLC

Publisher

Romans I XVI Gaming, LLC

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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