Not-so-hot off the heels of the first two installments of Mindfields comes Mindfields 3, the latest in the tile-based puzzler series. The folks at Gamesheep and WitchHut are back, bringing joy to puzzle lovers everywhere!
As enduring as government corruption and pepperoni on pizza, nothing about the gameplay has changed. But for those for whom two-and-a-half years is ancient history, here's a refresher. All of the tanks on a level would like to get to the transporter. Unfortunately, all of the tanks on a level are also incredibly stupid on their own, and will keep on chugging in one direction until they're told to stop. Your job is to place tiles that tell them exactly where to go and what to do. Not only must the tanks navigate the terrain, but they'll have to open gates and destroy mines and lasers, too. Luckily, there are tiles which tell the tanks both to teleport and shoot. You're usually just provided with the bare minimum of tiles necessary to complete each level, so some ingenuity will be required to get the most out of each and every one.
The most obvious improvement to the latest in the series is the spiffy new graphics. Going back to the originals, I had to cringe at the bulgy tanks and clashing palettes. I was a little disappointed to find that Mindfields 3 doesn't add any new puzzle elements to the mix. (I'm also disappointed that there still does not seem to be any actual mind agriculture taking place, but I'll shelve that complaint for the time being.) Despite the lack of novelty, I found myself just as taken as when I played the first two games. While none of the puzzles are mind-knottingly difficult, each has its own unique challenge to be overcome, and there are enough bafflers to provide a healthy challenge for most people.
Unfortunately, I found that the trickiest puzzles were neither saved for the end nor spread out nicely across the whole level set, meaning that if you graphed out the difficulty ramp, it would look something like a cardiograph. This could be a little off-putting to some who might give up early, not realizing that they've been working on the hardest level of the entire game. But ultimately, Mindfields 3 provides a solid, if familiar gaming experience sure to quell your puzzle cravings. If the original 25 levels just doesn't satisfy you, check out the hundreds of custom levels from players like yourself, or sign up for a free Gamesheep account to make your own.