Islands of Insight Review: Puzzle Perfection

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ISLANDS OF INSIGHT

Sometimes, a game comes along that does what it is meant to do and nothing more. Islands of Insight was designed to be a beautiful puzzle-solving experience, plain and simple, and that isn’t a bad thing.

Islands of Insight starts with you creating your Seeker that you’ll use to travel the islands, solving puzzle after puzzle at your leisure. There are a few options for head, body, etc., and you’ll have the opportunity to unlock more as you progress through the game.

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I really mean it when I say Islands of Insight is beautiful. Everywhere you look, the landscapes are bright and vibrant; the detail in the grass, water, and sand is surprisingly exceptional, and the visual appeal of the map itself is excellent. If you climb high enough on the pyramid that centers the overworld, you can see pretty much the entire map and how good it looks, even for things far off in the distance.

WOLFENSTEIN RPG The core gameplay is the same, but Wolfenstein’s story, style, and lore help to put the game over the top.

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I wouldn’t say it is as stunning as a stellar RPG like Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, but for a puzzle game, Lunarch went above and beyond. Oh, and you can glide eventually…because why not?

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As for the puzzle part of Islands of Insight, the player is absolutely spoiled for choice. Lunarch Studios has put in well over 10,000 different puzzles to solve, which is a ridiculous number when you think about it. They range across six categories: Movement, Environment, Hidden Object, Logic, Perspective and Action.

These puzzles were designed by the team at Lunarch Studios, made up of MIT PhD students, math Olympiad champions, and more. From their website, they describe themselves as, “We’re nerds from MIT.You will have completed the daily quest once you reach the top of the third waterfall.

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On top of that, each puzzle in the overworld resets itself after some time, so there will always be another puzzle to solve each time you turn the game on.

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The game is, at its core, a leisurely puzzling experience. There isn’t a whole lot of story to speak of. Lunarch Studios wants you to complete the game at your own pace, allowing you to go pretty much anywhere you want to right from the beginning.

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