Quantum of Light
Ever wonder about light? Most of us know the basics: it's super fast, it's got something to do with rainbows, and it's dangerous to drive or cook bacon without it. Well, the folks at Foumart Games want to teach you a thing or two about this mysterious force that illuminates our world, and lucky for us they've created an extremely addictive puzzle game with which to spread the gospel. Quantum of Light isn't a strict educational game, more a brainteaser that rewards you with some cool textbook facts. Gameplay revolves around rotating square tiles a 2D grid to better reflect the streams of photons towards the crystals at the end. The game tosses some creative obstacles in your path like black light streams that cancel out your photons, so patience and intuition are a must. It's great fun watching the colorful patterns take shape as you guide your light streams towards the crystals, and seriously, who doesn't like to learn?
Quantum of Light does a great job developing its simple gameplay hook in a variety of ways, better even than most light reflection games. It's got a familiarity to it but it separates itself from the crowd. There are unique tile shapes you'll come to recognize as useful and others you'll come to loath, similar to Tetris pieces, and as mentioned, the obstacles get deviously tricky. There's no time limit nor any scoring system so you're left to ponder the pathways of your light beams at your own pace. Is that strong casual game design or a bit dull? Your mileage might vary. What we do know is that if you're looking for a solid puzzler that draws you in and keeps you there, Quantum of Light is your game. Who knows? You might even learn something.