Infinight, a light-challenged puzzler from LambdaMu Games, is now available from the app store. An atmospheric little title that leaves your searching through the darkness for answers and the exit, Infinight is a fun path-finding game that kept us engaged.
- Clean presentation and fun art style across 5 environments
- Tension-inducing background music
- Simple controls
- Campaign, Multiplayer, and Free mode
- GameCenter integration for achievements
- Random crashes
- Some lag or unresponsiveness in d-pad controls
- No auto-matches found in Multiplayer mode
- Lack of voice acting
Infinight contains a 50-level Campaign mode, a Multiplayer mode, and a Free Play mode. The Campaign takes you across 5 environments, starting with the Hospital. You wake up unsure of who you are or how you got there. You must make your way through the darkened rooms, searching for the exit while collecting tape recorders that will unlock the mystery you’re trying to unravel. The only obstacle standing in your way is a smattering of vortexes on the floor. They are only visible during brief periods of light, and each environment uses a different mechanic to illuminate your surroundings. The Hospital uses lightning flashes to show where not to step, while the street contains light pads that brighten your world while you stand upon them. You can make a single mistake and step on one without penalty, but your second mistake will end the level. It’s a fun mechanic that gives the game a unique feel. The Multiplayer mode pits you against another player via GameCenter in a race to the exit. Unfortunately, the Auto-Match function was unable to find another player when we tried, so we were unable to test this out. Free Play puts you into various randomized situations and tasks you with finding the exit.
Graphically, the game has an appealing style, from its top-down view and fairly simple presentation to its lighting effects and art style. Objects that can be picked up are easily identifiable, as are the vortexes to avoid. You move via a 4-button d-pad that can be placed on either the left or right side of the board. Your inventory button resides in the upper left and gives you access to any items you’ve found. The soundtrack does a great job of creating tension and uneasiness in the gamer using a handful of instruments. It was reminiscent of the music you’d hear in an escape scene in a thriller movie. There is no voice acting, as the story unfolds via text boxes. We felt that this was a hugely missed opportunity that really could have enhanced the game. Even if the voice acting wasn’t great, the fact that much of the exposition is presented via tape recorder was a perfect way to mask a lack of professionalism while staying true to the game. The controls are simple to use, though we felt there was some unresponsiveness, especially when tapping the buttons for short steps. Unfortunately, this is the preferred method of moving around in order to avoid accidentally stepping in a vortex.
Replay value is decent, especially given the multiple game modes, the desire to find all of the recorders to unlock the full story, and the GameCenter integration for achievements. With no timers or points to earn, you can play at your own pace and enjoy the experience. We did have a few random crashes that booted us from the game, so there are a few kinks to be worked out. Still, it’s a clever puzzler that can get its hooks into you easily and compel you to finish. For an introductory price of $0.99, it’s worth snagging this 4-Dimple gem while it’s still cheap.