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Energy Balance (Nintendo Switch)

For my first ever Nintendo Switch review, I have had the pleasure of reviewing Energy Balance!

Developed by Sometimes You, Energy Balance was initially released on PC (Steam) back in 2015 for £1.99, on PS4 in 2017 for £3.29 and is now available on Nintendo Switch for £2.69.

Energy Balance is a number puzzle game where you have to swap the numbers given to you on the board in a way that creates a chain both horizontally and vertically adding up to the correct totals at the ends. The controls are incredibly simple to pick up and you’ll be swapping out tiles to your heart's content in no time!

During a mission, all of the systems have failed and it is up to you to balance the energy in order to make a safe return home. For a game that costs just £2.69, I was very surprised that there was any kind of a story at all. 

There are three modes to play through: ‘Puzzle Mode’ which is where you start out, then once you have completed that you’ll unlock ‘Hardcore Mode’ and then ‘Square Mode’ which is where the difficulty really begins to ramp up. 

Energy Balance starts off as a fairly relaxed game which gives your brain a little bit of a workout but it really doesn’t take long before you’re staring blankly at the screen wondering how its all gone wrong. Of course, if you happen to be a maths genius then you’ll no doubt be in your element until you reach hardcore. In the hardcore levels, if you leave the screen then you’ll lose the puzzle and on your return, you’ll notice that all of the numbers have changed so you’ll have to start it again. Seeing as these puzzles can take a long time, you’re probably best off not leaving until you’ve solved the puzzle or try and keep it on the screen if you need to take a break.

One frustration I do have with Energy Balance is that not all of the puzzles you face seem to be solvable. As you go through higher levels the puzzles become far more complex and you can find yourself investing a huge amount of time trying to work it all out. There is absolutely no kind of hint system to give you a nudge in the right direction when the puzzle you're working on feels essentially, like an impossible puzzle. Energy Balance is not the kind of game you'd really be able to sit down and play all day (for me, at least) because sooner or later you'll find your brain slowly turning into mush as you stare blankly at all the numbers.

You will have to reach a breaking point and reset the puzzle manually (which will issue new numbers for that puzzle) or you can go online and use a puzzle solver to make sure it's solvable. It goes without saying that using an online solver negates playing the game at all so it may be lucrative to give yourself a time limit when playing before you opt for a new puzzle so that you don’t end up wasting too much time. 

Overall, Energy Balance is a pretty fun game to play if you’re in the mood to give your brain a workout. I think it is also a perfect game to get the kids playing- especially if they happen to have a flair for maths. I will certainly be directing my son in the direction of this game the next time he tells me he’s bored! If I had to give it a score it would be 7/10. A decent little game.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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