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Circuit Dude marked a first for me. This was the first time that I ever had someone reach out to me and ask me to review his game on my blog. Crait, the game's dev, even sent me a Steam code for the game to review it, so first and foremost, I'd like to extend a personal thank you to him as well as an apology for how long it's taken me to get this review written.
Circuit Dude is an extremely simplistic puzzle game that spans 100 levels. You play as Circuit Dude, and you have to navigate the game's puzzles to help him build his new invention. The game starts off ridiculously easy, but by level 40 or so, it gets challenging, and it's just plain hard from there on. Normally having seriously challenging levels in a puzzle game is a good thing, but unfortunately, Circuit Dude's gameplay isn't engaging enough to hold my interest through the increasingly tough puzzles. It's not that the game sucks by any means, but it gets repetitive and monotonous after a couple dozen levels, and I just wasn't enjoying it enough to justify the time commitment to keep progressing through the second half of the game.
The visuals are reminiscent of a later MS-DOS or early Windows 95 game, and while that's not a bad thing, it's probably not going to hold most folks' attention for 100 levels in 2018. The audio is similarly simplistic. They get the job done, and they're not bad, but they are - and I know I'm repeating myself, but I don't know how better to describe it - simple. For a game made by one guy, however, I really can't criticize it too harshly; it's not like I could make anything even remotely decent.
Circuit Dude is a cute albeit extremely simplistic puzzle game. The character it really likable, and the puzzles really are quite clever, but the gameplay is just too repetitive for me to want to power through the increasingly difficult levels. If you really love puzzle games or have a lot of patience, then this one might be up your alley, but while I feel bad saying this since the Steam code was freely given and this review was requested by the dev, it just didn't hold my interest.
My Rating - 2 Neps
I'm a teacher.
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.