I have a thing for certain aesthetics, so booting up Neon Junctions I was pleased to see this puzzle game infused with the aesthetics of synthwave. I was then left disappointed as it had the same background and style throughout this short game. It’s a very bland experience.
Whilst it does have 34 levels which boast to get increasingly difficult as you progress, do not expect to be left wondering on how to finish a level. Solutions are often immediately obvious to the point where it becomes less of a puzzle and more of just tidying blocks in your way. You are connecting circuits, to open a portal to the next level. Place blocks to complete the circuit, turning it orange and then skip on over to the next level. There’s not much more to it, it’s a very simple and bland design.
I found controlling my avatar around each level a clunky affair, even altering the sensibly I often found myself not been able to move as freely as you’d expect. Luckily with how quickly you’ll go through each level you won’t be getting frustrated for too long.
If you’re into a trophy hunting then Neon Junction is a good candidate for the platinum to pop in the corner of your screen, I’d be very surprised if you weren’t able to claim that virtual metallic item in your first playthrough. Most of the trophies ping as you finish a certain number of levels, and even dropping off the side of the level.
For the low price of £3.99, you can have an OK time for about an hour or so with this simple puzzle game, and while they is no real challenge I suppose it’s still a nice feeling to have that eureka moment of figuring out the solution even if it happens very quickly.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*