We are living in the Age of Information. All the accumulated knowledge of the greatest minds of history are at your fingertips, any time of the day, instantaneously, for only the price of a Wifi connection. Sometimes this can be overwhelming. But developer Science Museum is here to teach us all a thing or two with Transmission, a game about the web of electronic synapses that makes our connected world possible, and also available free for iOS and Android. It's a puzzle game that has you connecting various receivers and transmitters with glistening streams of information via the mouse. Each circle can transmit and each square can only receive. It's up to you to juggle corrects amounts of information, represented with glowing cubes, between each circle and square. There are some optional objectives you can fulfill for some extra credit, like using the fewest connections possible or leaving info cubs on the right circle. All of it combines to create a brain teaser with a capital B.
Transmission isn't an educational game per se, though it certainly inspires its fair share of wonder at the information-soaked world which we all share. It offers the odd bit of trivia between levels and it's full of links to the Science Museum's various educational projects, so you if you've got the urge to study up this isn't a bad place to start. On the art side, it's spare but attractive, with a shiny, lag-free aesthetic and some excellent sound effects that can occasionally feel a bit overbearing. The puzzles continuously evolve, with each leg of the game offering a new communication-related concept, from the telegram up to broadcast Wifi. The difficulty curve is sometimes inconsistent; you can breeze through four levels in a minute and then become irretrievably stuck on the fifth. But the whole concept is inspired enough that it saves itself. Check out Transmission and marvel at the wonder of the Information World, one puzzle at a time.
Walkthrough video All levels 1-70 - 145/146 stars: