If Light-bot had babies with a 2D sliding block puzzle, those babies might look a little bit like this deceptively simple new puzzler, Botiada by industred. Your job is to unite all the bots on the page and, while you're at it, try to hit all of the charger spaces as well. While the zen nature of this game allows you to move on to the next level without a single charge lit, where the real puzzle comes in is finding a way to both connect all the bots and turn on all the charges at the same time. Lighting one, two, and all three charges has value, as each provides you with voltage to open the next ten levels in the game. In all, the 40 levels can be played through in a few short minutes if you are only interested in finishing. But real puzzle lovers will find many levels that challenge them to think through their moves to try to accomplish the ultimate goal.
As you move through the levels, there is little in the way of tutorial. The game is set up in such a way that you can easily figure out what each new bot, slider, or block does. Blue bots each move independently, green bots all move together, and red bots can push a stationary block by one space. Some spaces can only be slid across vertically or horizontally, and some change the direction of the slide. Ice cube blocks disintegrate, blue bumpers push you back one space in the direction you just came, and red blocks are controlled by a button in the floor. As the game progresses and these items are added together into more and more contorted puzzles, it becomes more entertaining to figure out how to both connect the bots and light up the charges. And don't forget the little sleeping bots that are scattered throughout--they need to be connected as well! While the game could definitely benefit from more levels that combine more options, it's a perfect casual gameplay experience to jumpstart your creative juices on a slow afternoon.