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Lazy 8's debut is a puzzle game that is more than the sum of it parts.

Posted by stenchy on Apr 26th, 2009
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On the surface, Cogs may appear to many as just another average puzzle compilation. A closer look, however, will reveal that this Lazy 8 Studios creation is more than just the sum of its parts. A full 3D puzzler in every sense, Cogs combines various familiar puzzle mechanics presented in an original and elegant packaging. It's the orchestration of all these elements in perfect synchronization that ensure you'll be turning your own gears for hours on end.

Cogs ScreenshotBlast off! The more interesting puzzles involve making things fly.

From an aesthetic viewpoint, Cogs establishes a fully 3D interface with impressive craftsmanship. Menus convincingly rotate into place with steam-powered machinery, gears whirring and clicking along the way. It's all put put together with the same love and care you'd expect from a professional clocksmith and the atmosphere it creates makes it feel like you're sitting at a tinkerer's workbench. There's not many a game that proves a delight to just navigate the options menu. The fact that developers have taken the time to realize this demonstrates how they have taken every aspect of the game into account.

At the heart of the matter, Cogs incorporates puzzle elements that have been present in many other games. It's the way that the game combines all of these elements together within a 3D environment that makes it shine. Many levels will have you racking your grey matter in order to find an efficient way to complete a double-sided, cubed or even cylindrical puzzle. If there's anything to complain about at all, it's the feeling that the developers maybe didn't explore those aspects enough. Though they do a great job of mixing the puzzle elements and managing the difficulty curve, the twists on old favorites that they do introduce seemed to be short-lived and don't pop up often enough.

Cogs Trailer

Whether you're connecting pipes to route steam to it final destination or shifting around cogs to construct a simple melody, the puzzles themselves employ enough of a variance to keep you playing. It's subtle, but the differences from one puzzle to the next are enough of a hook to generate a “just one more” state-of-mind. With over 50 separate ones to unlock and added challenge modes, there's more than enough to keep you busy for a few extended sessions. Add to that the ability for users to create, and share, their own 3D puzzles and you have a game that presents a great value for anyone not afraid of a cerebral challenge.

Purchase Cogs on Steam or try out their demo.

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Desumilk
Desumilk Apr 27 2009, 3:31am says:

Eye candy fo' shuh. Looks really neat.

Ha, actually, it reminded me some puzzles from Myst.

"Add to that the ability for users to create, and share, their own 3D puzzles". Some great little bonus there.

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Captain828
Captain828 Apr 27 2009, 6:36am says:

Great gameplay, dirt cheap, lots a levels + modding support.

Buy it and I promise you won't regret it! I didn't..

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amogan
amogan Apr 27 2009, 7:21am says:

This is looking pretty promising, deserves a try!

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Dremth
Dremth Apr 27 2009, 11:43am says:

i played the demo and it's awesome. i'm not one for puzzle games but, i must say, this is the best there is.

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Alfrodos
Alfrodos Apr 27 2009, 12:11pm says:

Brilliant Game!

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lastrixion
lastrixion Apr 27 2009, 6:20pm says:

shiny :)

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CSB
CSB Apr 29 2009, 1:03pm says:

Elegant, beautiful, brilliant, very shiny! All words to describe Cogs.

I've always envisioned a game like it, and it really couldn't have been done any better. In my opinion it is one of the best puzzle games ever. I can see elements of the game play mechanics from Cog sneaking it's way into all types of games. Like in an FPS where you might have to move giant cogs into place in order to turn on the steam, then moving steam valves to open a door. Just a thought...

It's just really solid physics based puzzle solving. Everyone interested in supporting indie games should buy Cogs, support the developer, because it truly is amazing.

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Lakazeyy`
Lakazeyy` Apr 29 2009, 5:10pm says:

Looks very well planned, exciting and looks great overall :)

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Firetock
Firetock Apr 29 2009, 9:38pm says:

so, lemme get this straight, its a mod where you try to make something based off of your goal in a certain amount of time? if so, sounds cool, but my question is, does it allow the user to make stuff of their own?

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb Apr 30 2009, 12:17pm says:

I want this so bad.

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_Fungus
_Fungus May 4 2009, 1:18am says:

reminds me of The Incredible Machine. only 3d. must download now!

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