Cogs is an innovative puzzle game where players build an incredible variety of machines from sliding tiles. Immersed in a steampunk world with stunning visual design, Cogs is pure eye candy. Players can choose from 50 levels and 3 gameplay modes. New puzzles are unlocked by building contraptions quickly and efficiently. - Inventor Mode: Starting with simple puzzles, players are introduced to the widgets that are used to build machines — gears, pipes, balloons, chimes, hammers, wheels, props, and more. - Time Challenge Mode: If you finish a puzzle in Inventor Mode, it will be unlocked here. This time, it will take fewer moves to reach a solution, but you only have 30 seconds to find it. - Move Challenge Mode: Take your time and plan ahead. Every click counts when you only get ten moves to find a solution.

Today is launch day! Cogs is now available for download on Steam.

Posted by BMauro on Apr 14th, 2009

Hey all! Cogs went live on Steam about an hour and a half ago. I dunno about Rob but I can report that I am positively jittery. Big official-sounding press release to follow, it's all dressed up for the press big-wigs so I hope you'll excuse some shamelessly self-promoting adjectives (Rob is much less modest when he writes than I am :P ).

Lazy 8 Studios™ Launches Cogs Puzzle Game
Rich steampunk look sets a new standard for casual games

San Francisco, CA – April 14, 2009 – Independent developer Lazy 8 Studios announced today the worldwide release of Cogs, their debut puzzle game. Players can download Cogs for the PC via Steam, the online game distribution service from Valve, Inc. A demo version is available for free with the full version priced at $9.99 (£6.99 or €8.99).

According to Lazy 8 Studios founder Rob Jagnow, Steam was their first choice for online distribution: “With an audience of more than 15 million worldwide, a high threshold for game quality and a strong reputation for customer satisfaction, Steam stands out as a great choice.”

In Cogs, players interact with a 3D environment, using sliding tiles to build machines. The 50 puzzles have a surprising variety. As players advance through the levels, they build helicopters, inflate hot-air balloons, compose music, power rocket ships, and more. Cogs has three gameplay modes: when players complete puzzles in Inventor Mode, they can further challenge their skills by racing against time or working with a limited number of moves.

Cogs was created by the two-man team of Lazy 8 Studios founder and graphics engineer Rob Jagnow and digital artist Brendan Mauro. As Jagnow explained, it has taken some time for the game to become a reality. “From conception to completion, I've worked on Cogs for more than five years. In that time, it has evolved substantially based on user feedback. It's become something far more than I originally imagined.”

Jagnow credits Mauro with the polished steampunk look that gives the game much of its appeal. “This is one of Brendan's first major game projects. He came to Lazy 8 Studios with a creative vision about where he could take this game and he's really followed through. One of our early testers described the look of Cogs as 'just delicious.'”

The refined appearance makes Cogs stand out in the casual game market. As Jagnow explains, “we wanted to leverage the graphics hardware that is available on most modern computers. We want the player to feel immersed in the mechanical world that we've created.”

About Lazy 8 Studios™
Lazy 8 Studios, LLC, is an independent game studio in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 2008, Lazy 8 specializes in casual games.

Rob Jagnow
Founder, Lazy 8 Studios
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Ennui Apr 14 2009 says:

Sweet! Looks awesome, I'm getting it now :)

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awesomepossum Apr 14 2009 says:

Just played the demo, pretty neat!

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iMoo Apr 15 2009 says:

Really fun!

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bomblol Apr 15 2009 says:

Haha, as soon as i finish cramming for chemistry I'll buy this, it would be too tempting otherwise ;D

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source011 Apr 15 2009 says:

Looks cool, but tell me, is it really worth 8,99 euro? :)

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moci Apr 15 2009 replied:

Why wouldn't it be? I'm sure there has been a lot of work on this project. People still have to make a living right? And €9 is really nothing for a decent game that will keep you busy for a good amount of hours.

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Bird_of_Prey Apr 15 2009 says:

Definitely going to give this one a try.

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medve Apr 16 2009 says:

based on the old pipeline thing dosgame, but on a new level. this is the very few excellent games on steam.

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Setis Apr 21 2009 says:

the game looks really neat! loved the demo.. but I can't get the game (yet) as I don't have a credit card and steam doesn't seem to accept my debit cards. And my bank doesn't accept paypal or click&buy. Should get my credit card in a month or two tho :) Guess I'll have to wait hehe

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