FILMECHANISM (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Joshua Goldie 22.02.2022

Review for FILMECHANISM on Nintendo Switch

Puzzle platformers are not a rarity. They can come in many forms and modern games in the genre often attempt to be narrative driven titles first, with puzzle elements thrown in as an afterthought. FILMECHANISM by developer Chemical Pudding and publisher Phoenixx Inc. is different. It is a pure puzzle platformer that takes a simple concept and runs with it, snapping up many clever challenges as it goes. This isn't to say it has no story: the clumsy protagonist REC dropped their golden film and they want it back. The story exists but it is a backdrop to the puzzles and that works to the title's advantage.

FILMECHANISM has a single main mechanic - pressing the R button to take a picture of the current layout of the stage. Then, after moving everything in the room around in order to progress through the puzzle, holding down the L button restores the room to the exact layout it was when the picture was taken, moving back any blocks and closing any doors that had been moved in the interim. It is a simple feature to describe but one that FILMECHANISM pushes to its limit.

Every puzzle can fit onto a single screen, which is reminiscent of classic games of the genre from back in the 1990s, and this means nothing is hidden from the player. Every piece needed to solve the puzzle is presented on screen immediately, the only limitation is the player themselves, although there is a generous hint system in place in case one gets stuck.

Screenshot for FILMECHANISM on Nintendo Switch

The game is split into several worlds and has a very good difficulty curve. It starts on easy, with the option to jump straight to hard mode, yet that is not recommended because the easy route introduces each world's unique puzzle gimmick; this can be a falling platform or pressure sensitive switches. FILMECHANISM then introduces further puzzles that test a person's puzzle solving abilities, while still being fairly straightforward.

The hard and hell routes of each world are designed assuming there is an understanding or mastery of a world's features, and this is where the real challenge lies. Honestly, the main game can be beaten in no time by just sticking to the easy route, but most of the fun lies in the harder paths. There are very clever solutions to some real brain scratching puzzles.

That said, there is a handful of puzzles where the solution only really comes from trial and error. FILMECHANISM offers a quick restart mechanic which is great because it is very easy to make one small wrong move and lose all progress. Most puzzles are not too long, but for the ones that are it can be annoying when that happens. A quick save feature feels like it would have really benefited this title with no detriment to the overall game design.

Screenshot for FILMECHANISM on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

FILMECHANISM feels like a classic puzzle platformer at its finest. It is impressive how many clever and genuinely difficult puzzles are in it just based around one simple mechanic; it truly pushes the concept's boundaries in the best of ways. Each world adds a new gimmick that makes the puzzles more complex and challenging, and the difficulty curve is done in such a way that almost anyone can beat the main game if they put their mind to it. While some quality-of-life features could improve the game, what is already present is a great experience and is a snapshot worth remembering.

Developer

Chemical Pudding

Publisher

Phoenixx

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

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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