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Good Games Buried Deep #9 – Test Chamber – Mind-bending Puzzles

This one is the epitome of a good game buried deep, a hidden gem in every way.  Test Chamber – Mind-bending Puzzles (by Shark Jump Studios) needs to be downloaded and played immediately.

Test Chamber Easy Level 2

Right now you’re thinking this looks easy. Right now you’re wrong.

Quick description:

A highly inventive and creative puzzler.  Very challenging puzzles.  Characters as mysterious as their world.

Why this game is worth playing:

The creativity.  These puzzles are truly “mind-bending.”  They are complicated, intricate, challenging, and you will by no means solve them quickly.  But, wow, is it ever fun to try and figure them out!  Take a look:

Test Chamber World Wrapping

Yes, that’s you standing on the number 11.  Yes, both of you.

The, ahahahahaha, basic idea is that you need to build a bridge by pushing blocks to fill in the gaps between your platform and that other platform with the blue-shaded hole.  Which one you ask?  Well, uh, that… one…  You see, they’re actually the same hole.  In Test Chamber, the world wraps on itself.  Not only is this a cool visual effect, it’s also critical to solving these puzzles.  You’ll have to come at these blocks from different angles and different directions to get them into the desired position because as you step from one world into the… same… yet… different…. world, it might enable you to then better maneuver another block in the other… yet… still… the… same… world…  I think?

I wish I had a portal gun.

Test Chamber 4

Circumvention?  You mean like how my brain is currently crawling out my ear?

The creativity doesn’t end with the puzzles, though.  The characters and the world surrounding those puzzles are equally as fascinating.  You’ll be as curious to learn about the characters (and their existential quest) as you are anxious to solve the puzzles.

Extra goodies:

For those of you who like to find the most optimal solution, this game also comes with three targets (bronze, silver, and gold) for the number of moves it takes you to solve the puzzle.  It’s an extra challenge for an already challenging task.

Test Chamber 1

Uhhhhhhmmmmmmm, yeah.  Hahahahahahaha.  Baby, you’d better hope time wraps in this world, too, because that’s going to take me a LONG time.

Try it out:

Just try it!  You won’t be disappointed.  Test Chamber – Mind-bending Puzzles (by Shark Jump Studios) is available for free on iOS.


-If you like the first 15 levels, I highly recommend upgrading ($2.99) to the full version. You get 13 more puzzles that are even harder than the first batch!

-It’s a lot of fun trying to find the most optimal solutions. It turns out there’s a fourth target award called Special Award that you can get if you solve the puzzle in fewer steps than it takes to get the Gold Award. There are quite a few of these; I found one in half of the levels, and there might still be more.

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