Become a real physicist by guiding light beams in this enlightening physics-based puzzle game for PC
- Simple core mechanics, controls and gameplay
- 180 levels to play through
- Place squares, triangles and prisms correctly to guide your beam of light and make your coins rotate
- Challenging puzzles requiring a great deal of thought
- Three expansion packs and a level editor
- English version only available
Aargon Deluxe is a free optics-based puzzle game for PC, developed by Red Marble Games, in which you must navigate beams of light through a series of colored coins using reflection, refraction, filtering, polarizing and other processes. The game is available here in its free version, offering a large selection of levels. The full version is available to download externally.
Become a Master of Physics
Physics-based puzzle games might tend to put players off at the outset, but I assure you with Aargon it shouldn't be the case. The game is incredibly easy to learn, with very simple game mechanics writ large. The free version of the game offers 180 levels to try, with mind-boggling puzzles and an array of objects to master. If you were previously unfamiliar with optics and the behavior of light, you'll learn a lot from this game.
Core Gameplay and Mechanics
If you are unfamiliar with physics, not to worry. An in-depth tutorial will explain everything to you to help you get started, explaining each piece, objectives and controls. In each level, the player is presented with a grid filled with a light source and some coins of different colors. Using the items provided to you on the left-hand margin, the main objective of each level is to set up the grid in such a way that the beams of light pass through all of the colored coins. Not only this, but the beams passing through the coins must be the same color as the coins. This makes things particularly difficult.
A beam of light can be modified using various objects. Rather than getting technical, the end result will be splitting a beam of light into its component colors or redirecting it in some way. Objects provided include triangles, squares and prisms of various combinations, each of which will affect the light source differently. It's better that the player experiment for themselves to see the outcome. The game is very much about trial and error.
Controls in the game are limited to simple point-and-click. The user interface includes your available items as well as a set of buttons on the bottom of your screen used for controlling objects and moves (moving, rotating, undoing, etc.). A color spectrum in the form of a Venn diagram also details how light will behave in the system. Since these buttons never change, picking up the core mechanics is the simple part. Intuitively, they are quite easy to understand, and are demonstrably simpler once you start solving puzzles. For each part that is added to a puzzle, however, thousands of new possibilities could potentially emerge. This, for me, is where the game shines in its simplicity (no pun intended). In its entirety the game is graphically minimal, placing all of its focus on game mechanics and puzzles. This is hardly a negative point, though. The beams of light, as expected, are well defined.
Some Light Expansions
If you have mastered the first set of levels on offers, the game also features a fully integrated level editor which will allow the user to create their own levels using a range of objects and obstacles. It is difficult to create the perfect puzzle but it can be highly rewarding. In addition to this, if you want to tackle even more challenging levels the game also offers the player three additional expansion packs - Classic, Science Fiction and Smooth Sailing - which can be downloaded elsewhere. These are for the true veterans of the game, so only take them on if you're an experienced player.
If you have mastered the first set of levels on offers, the game also features a fully integrated level editor which will allow the user to create their own levels using a range of objects and obstacles. It is difficult to create the perfect puzzle but it can be highly rewarding
If you're ready to flip your head upside with the amount of thinking you'll be doing, then this highly intelligent physics-inspired puzzle game is definitely worth checking out. The game is simple to learn, but very difficult to master. The controls and UI are basic at their core, but despite a limited set of objects being available, there are literally hundreds of ways to configure them to get all of your coins rotating. Play through the 180 levels on offer or download one of three expansion packs available for the game. The game even contains a built-in level editor allowing you to create your own levels. Master the physics of light and guide your beams to safety in this original and enlightening puzzle game. Well worth downloading.