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Review: Loopindex

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They say that living in a virtual world is thwarted by dangers. Predators, viruses, and more can prey on the weak. What I don’t think they had in mind were endless puzzles filled with traps. This is the idea behind Loopindex, an ingenious puzzle game set in a virtual setting.

Developed by Somepx and published by Ratalaika Games, this small indie title takes logical thinking and quick reactions. A game that can be played solo or couch co-op with a friend. You must move from stage to stage, solving the problems and escaping using the lift. It appears straightforward in concept, but new mechanics are added regularly that complicate matters and muddy the waters.

Push the frog and see where the arrows take him.

Loopindex tests many abilities.

Most puzzle titles focus their efforts on logic-based challenges. Loopindex does this also but adds extra layers to increase the difficulty. You must use observational skills to avoid traps and plan the correct route. Timing and precision must be practised to overcome obstacles, and you also use Robo pets to trigger switches. None of it will blow your mind, but it makes for a challenging experience with each element combined. 

You take control of two robots who exist in a virtual world known as Loopindex. This land comprises 70+ tricky levels, each with unique designs and problems to overcome. You will use each robot to trigger switches in the correct order, kick bombs, or move boxes. If done correctly, spikes will retract into the floor, walls will break, and new paths will be formed. None of the challenges was difficult, it simply took planning and foresight to complete each stage. 

Robo pets and bosses. 

You and your robot pal aren’t alone in this mysterious place. No, you are joined by Robo pets and enormous bosses. The frogs and mice are controlled in different ways, and learning their quirks is essential to being victorious. The frogs enjoy being pushed around and only leap in a straight line. Any obstacle they hit will stop them, so using the environment or your teammate is essential to manipulating their movement. The mice, however, run away as you approach them. You scare the skittish rodents to force them to sit on pressure plates. This took patience and was the most frustrating element of the whole game. 

Everyone loves a boss fight! Proving your worth against monstrous beasts shows how great you are. Loopindex uses its boss battles to piece together each element. You must dodge attacks, kick bombs, trigger pressure plates, and use the pets to overcome the bosses. It was manic, but once you understood what was expected, it wasn’t particularly challenging. It would have been nice to have been tested more, but victory felt rewarding and showed you had mastered every element.

Use that pesky rodent to solve the puzzle.

Loopindex has a classic indie look. 

With its fixed screen top-down perspective, it’s easy to study each stage and plan your approach. Using garish colours and pixelated graphics, Loopindex has the standard indie game look and approach. With limited details and basic sprites, its simple style won’t amaze many gamers. Though it wasn’t great to look at, I liked what I saw and importantly its visuals didn’t detract from the core concept of puzzling. 

Like the graphics, the audio is also standard fare. With a low key synthesised soundtrack you almost forget it’s playing in the background. This isn’t a bad thing, as its unobtrusive nature allows you to focus on the job at hand. 

Neither the audio nor the graphics did anything to surprise me. Both stuck to a tried and tested formula and this produced an OK but safe result. It was enjoyable to play, but it never wowed me.

Can the frog solve the puzzle?

Easy to play solo but better as a team. 

How the developers ensured the game could be played solo and co-op was ingenious. Flitting between characters was smooth (as long as you remembered the button), and moving items was a cinch. However, sometimes the controls failed to respond. This caused many issues and usually resorted in the level being reset. Queue many huffs, sighs, and tuts of annoyance. This issue was removed when playing co-op, as you could take your time and focus solely on your task. Solo play was enjoyable, but this excelled as a co-op title. 

70+ levels are a lot of bang for your buck, especially when new mechanics are added regularly. Though the puzzles aren’t the toughest compared to their peers, the use of other elements made the gameplay challenging. There is some replay value because of the number of stages, but the simple achievement list won’t draw you back to play again. 

Loopindex delivers a pleasant indie experience. 

I wasn’t wowed when playing Loopindex, but I thoroughly enjoyed my indie puzzle experience. Combining lots of simple mechanics has created a fun and slightly challenging title. It’s much better with a friend, but still worth the investment if you are a solo gamer. I liked it, so I recommend you to buy it here! Virtual worlds are dangerous, so work together, solve the problems, and get out alive. 

SUMMARY

Loopindex is a fun but well-trodden indie puzzle game. Play it solo or with a friend where you must avoid traps, flick switches, and use Robo pets to exit each stage. More than just a logic-based game, you need dexterity, good reactions and observation skills to be victorious.

+ Unique stage designs.
+ Solo or co-op gameplay.
+ An interesting combination of mechanics.
- A lack of replay value.
- Delivers what's expected and little else.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com
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Loopindex is a fun but well-trodden indie puzzle game. Play it solo or with a friend where you must avoid traps, flick switches, and use Robo pets to exit each stage. More than just a logic-based game, you need dexterity, good reactions and observation skills to be victorious.<br/> <br/> + Unique stage designs.<br/> + Solo or co-op gameplay.<br/> + An interesting combination of mechanics.<br/> - A lack of replay value.<br/> - Delivers what's expected and little else.<br/> <br/> (Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)<br/>Review: Loopindex