PUK – play one of the most irresistibly casual & addictive games
Sep 18, 2013 8:54 AM –
PUK is a minimalistic yet gorgeously addictive action/puzzle game. Like all top puzzle games it’s simple to play, but also requires patience, accuracy and more than a little dexterity to progress through. The game is delightfully casual and very challenging once you get through the early levels.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Slick minimalistic graphics!
- Fun and aggressively addictive gameplay!
- 1000 levels of action!
- Cool soundtrack!
Hands down, PUK is one of the most irresistibly casual and addictive games I think I’ve played on Android. It’s stupidly difficult to put down and great fun. You essentially have to flick small pucks at larger circles to destroy them. You have a short time limit and controlling the pucks is a case of pulling them back and letting them go, slingshot-style. The screen is split into two areas- the space where the larger circles are and a free space where you can flick pucks from. Once the puck goes over the line you can no longer control it. However, if it comes back- you can flick it a second time.
The secret in PUK lies in the simplicity. The graphics, the controls, the objectives… it’s all incredibly easy to play. However, with the clock running down fast, you have to be very nimble to accurately fire the pucks and take out the circles before the time expires. You have to be very quick and the game forever tests your dexterity and accurate shooting.
There is, quite literally, more than 1000 levels in the game and even multiple stages of difficulty. This means every level feels significantly different from the last. Levels will fly by as you progress, meaning you can rack up several complete levels in a very short space of time. One perhaps small negative is that, each tie you lose, you have to start all over again- it’s not like your progress is saved in any way. This means that if you get far and fail a level, it’s right back to the start. This can be very frustrating, but it adds to the excitement and jeopardy. It also means scraping through a level with only a shred of time to go is very rewarding.
There are essentially three difficulty levels, and these are displayed with a different theme. The Light theme is the easy setting while the orange theme is ‘Normal’. If you want a really hard challenge, the Dark theme is the higher difficulty setting. These produce initially subtle differences, but the themes are pretty cool.
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PUK – Turorial
PUK – Start page
PUK – Normal difficulty setting
PUK – Pull back, aim and fire
PUK – Gameplay is fast
PUK – Destroy the circles before the time runs out
PUK – More than 1000 levels to progress through
PUK – Level complete
PUK – Easy difficulty level
PUK – Hard difficulty
PUK – Share your score with friends
PUK is amazingly easy to pick up and play. You can scoot through dozens of levels in just a few minutes and it’s hugely rewarding to beat your previous best. It’s a game that has you on the edge of your seat almost as soon as you start playing and doesn’t really let go until you’ve switch it off…
… the problem is however, that switching it off isn’t easy! The game is compulsively addictive and offers a very high level of engagement. Due to the fact that it is so casual to get stuck into and that, will power permitting, it’s a game you can play whenever wherever, you’ll find yourself getting into blazingly enjoyable sessions at different times.
What might make it even more addictive is if friends get involved. You can share your scores on Twitter and Facebook meaning some gentle rivalry could keep you going back for more and more.
It’s a minimalist dream, very 2D graphics with just basic two-tone colours. The animation is extremely slick and what it lacks in complexity, the visuals make up for in buttery smoothness.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The soundtrack is epic. Really cool dance/ambient beats and great sound effects. Definitely a game you can slap in some ear buds for and enjoy the tunes.
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