If there's one thing I've learned about life, it's that lasers owe allegiance to no man. Sure, lasers might be useful for blasting extraterrestrial invaders, but chances are those same aliens are also armed with human-frying laser weaponry. Lasers are dangerous! Chromatronix, a puzzler from Lyngo Games, is a great example of this: you'll need to practice proper laser safety as you match colored beam-emitting Chromas to their proper Power Cells.
Make sure to wear gloves as you click and drag the unhappy little colored Chromas into place. Chromas can have nozzles on any of their four sides, and if a Chroma's nozzle is aimed at a Power Cell of the same color, a beam of the appropriate color connects the two. The goal of each level is to power all of the Power Cells along with connecting all of each Chroma's nozzles. Each level has a "par" number of moves that represents an ideal solution.
It almost goes without saying that this is going to be more complicated than it sounds. Chromas can only be dragged in the four cardinal directions and you can't drag a Chroma through a beam or any other solid obstacles. There are also a variety of gadgets in each level, including Chroma-warping teleporters and glass blocks that allow beams, but not Chromas, to pass through.
Analysis: Chromatronix was created by Heather Stancliffe, one of the co-founders of Nitrome, and it shows. The adorable graphics and accessible gameplay on display here are Nitrome staples. Chromas also can't be destroyed or killed, so players have as much time as they need to solve a level.
The difficulty of this game ramps up steadily, so while some of the later puzzles are head-scratchers players will be ready to take them on by the time they get there. New gizmos are introduced over time, but there's always a tutorial explaining their use. All in all things are very user-friendly which is vital for a puzzle game.
The only real complaint here is that the proceedings are all fairly slow. You can only move one Chroma at a time, so even if a solution is obvious it still might take some time to properly arrange the pieces. This can become a bit irritating, but it's not a game-ruiner by any means.
Chromatronix hits several of the most important marks for a Flash game. It's not overwhelmingly difficult, it's playable for small bursts at a time and it's just complex enough to keep one's brain working without becoming confusing. It's defintely worth a shot for anyone who likes puzzlers.