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PUSH Buttons (iOs) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: iOs
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
1 total rating

 

We liked?


Challenges your memory in a unique way.

Not so much?


Music gets a bit annoying after prolonged exposure.


Final Fiendish Findings?

It all makes for a very challenging memory game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. PUSH Buttons is presented in a quirky, colorful style that is for the most part quite enjoyable (the music does get a little annoying after a while, but that’s easily muted). This is a memory game like you’ve never seen before, and it’s well worth a download for fans of the genre – or anyone who wants to improve their memory in an engaging way.

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Posted August 4, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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Allow me to introduce you to Professor Buttons, your stereotypical mad scientist type. He wants to create a perpetual unstoppable synchronization hub, which is a ridiculously complicated machine that performs a quite simple task – with style.  In order to build said machine, you’ll need to collect a variety of unlikely objects, one level at a time, that will make up your finished machine. In a nice touch, you can access your machine at any time and hit play, just to see the progress you’re making. It’s a fun concept, and one that ties the levels together rather nicely.

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The gameplay in PUSH Buttons requires your dexterous use of memory in a rather unique way. Each level has a variety of objects shown, at times just a few, other times many. For each object on the screen, there is a red button in the row below it. For instance, if there are five items, there are also five red buttons. The catch is that you have no idea which button coincides with each object. The screen will show you the sequence the items must be activated in, and they must be in the correct order – any mis-steps will have you starting the sequence again. You need to figure out which buttons coincide to which items, and then push them in the correct order to collect the item you need for that level.

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That alone can be tough enough, especially if you don’t have a particularly good memory, but even with an upsurge in difficulty the game play would likely get stale quickly if that’s all there was to it. So PUSH Buttons gives you even more to keep charge of, all while trying to keep the right sequence of buttons in your poor memory. There are blue buttons, which will swap the items around on the screen – important both for getting the item you need to collect in the correct position, and to move poorly charging items to energy conductors before time runs out.

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But even the blue buttons are not straightforward – they swap items in specific ways, and you’ll need to figure out the correct sequence to push the swap buttons in order to get them in the correct place. In top of all that, you have energy overload bar, which can overload if you activate too many things in the wrong order, making you have to start the level over. It all makes it much more difficult to both remember which button corresponds to which item, and deploy them in the correct order. Don’t worry if you’re the easily frustrated type though, as you can earn a variety of hints to help you along whenever you get stuck.  The De-Confuser Panel (accessible any time by pressing the “Items” button at the bottom of the screen) offers eight different types of hints, earned by performing certain achievements. These range from showing you the next button, to showing you all the buttons (for a short time), showing which swap button to use. They can be helpful in a pinch, although some are more helpful than others – for instance, if there are eight items on a screen, being shown the right sequence of buttons for just a few seconds will likely be too much to memorize so quickly.

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It all makes for a very challenging memory game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. PUSH Buttons is presented in a quirky, colorful style that is for the most part quite enjoyable (the music does get a little annoying after a while, but that’s easily muted). This is a memory game like you’ve never seen before, and it’s well worth a download for fans of the genre – or anyone who wants to improve their memory in an engaging way.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)