The light is lost. Only one thing can bring it back: Help us, Orbox! You're our only hope! Game Balance's series of sliding-block puzzles is back with a shiny new coat of sparkles in Orbox C! Get prepared to control a little box who is big on bravery, if not so much with the momentum control.
Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to direct the Orbox around the play field. Orbox will keep moving in the inputted direction until an obstacle blocks his path. Completing the given task, or making your way to the red exit box will complete each level. In addition, a number of special blocks are scattered about the play space: Timer Blocks which, when tapped, will start counting down to disappearing in a harmless explosion, Angle Blocks which will deflect Orbox's path 90 degrees, collectible Stars, Teleporters which will transport your to the portal of the same color, Gate Blocks, two separated halves which, when intersected, will merge into a single new block, Grow Blocks, empty spaces which will grow into blocks when intercepted, Sensors which activate the creation of other blocks, and so forth. There are 30 levels in all, with your score determined by how quick you solved each puzzle, and how many unique moves were used.
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Where the previous iterations of the Orbox series had an elegant simplicity in their presentation, Orbox C is something of an assault on the senses. Not that you can deny that swirling sci-fi animations and thumping techno audio will probably attract a larger audience than quiet puzzling. Still, it gets a little distracting, and one gets the feeling that the dev team is trying a little too hard to make box-sliding a tad more intense than box-sliding has any right to be. That said, Orbox C is as cerebral as its predecessors in its puzzle creation, and most of the changes are definitely for the better: the new block elements makes for interesting set-ups, autosave replaces clunky passwords, and the inclusion of a level editor promises new levels from developers and players alike. Orbox C may be a bit heavy on the glitz, but it is a worthy installment in the series, and should charm players both new and old.