TurnOn Review

Turn on is a puzzle platform game which shows the journey of a single alien electric spark restoring electricity to a city in darkness known as Blackout World this is all due to an accident at the power station which is shown at the introduction of the game in a comic book style animation with simple noises coming from the characters.

  • Developer: Brainy Studio
  • Publisher: Brainy Studio
  • Release Date: 1/6/2016
  • PEGI Rating: 3
  • Players: 1
  • Download size: 4.48GB
  • Genre: Platform, Puzzle
  • Price: £11.99
  • When playing Turn On you’ll find 2 types of game modes throughout the levels, one is more of a puzzle type level scheme where you can wonder freely around an area restoring power to buildings and lights etc, in this mode you can find secret areas, you also have to collect little blue lightning bolts which reflect on your score at the end of each level, along with that you can also help people in despair for example on one of the levels a dog had a member of the public pinned into a corner, by restoring the electricity tot he lights and buildings around it you manage to frighten to dog away which allows the citizen to continue their journey, i also came across a similar setup in which you had to reunite a couple at a cafe who were lost in darkness since the blackout, the instructions to this were shown in the same comic book style animation as the introduction, this game was developed to show just how much we all depend on electricity and what lives could be like without it, as well as playing as a hero repairing the problem it’s showing you how desperate some people can become to rely on electricity to survive!

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    The platform styled levels in the game are more automatic, where as in the puzzle side you move freely and use A to jump up and B to jump down, left thumb stick to move left or right and your right thumbstick to again jump up or down, the platform style automatically moves you in the direction you need to go and at what speed you need to be travelling, in this you would only use A and B or your right thumbstick up and down to jump between the wires, it kind of reminded me of Rock Band where you have to hit certain buttons to reflect the string on the guitar, in this you have to be on the blue lit wires or you will fall to your death and restart the level or are your previous checkpoint, one of these levels had a out of control tram chasing you where you had to jump between the wires collecting the blue lightning bolts without falling to the ground to eventually bring the tram to a stand still by taking out it’s two electricity boxes personally i found these levels quite difficult at times but with a little determination you should get through them in no time at all! the only frustration when playing these levels is the response in jumping myself and Russ noticed when pressing A to jump on the platform automatic levels it wasn’t very responsive at times you wouldn’t even jump at all which is why it became increasingly difficult.

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    The Graphics in Turn On are brightly coloured basic 3D graphics with a 2D backdrop, in the mission select menu it is mostly 3D, for the game that it is i can’t see any other way i personally would have it, when you turn the lights on it shows off some vibrant colours which lighten a dark world. The game is based on visual storytelling, when you’re playing through levels you don’t get annoying dialogue over the top whilst you’re playing with that being said the audio in this game was great, the puzzle levels had very relaxing music in the background which helped concentrate whilst playing, alternatively when playing the platform styled levels the music is ramped up to something more energetic to get the blood pumping for that level type, for a game that is based on visual storytelling the background audio is excellent, it might not be to everyones taste but i personally enjoyed it.


    A download code was provided for this review
    Gameplay 7.5
    Graphics 7.5
    Audio 7
    Replay Value 6
    Value for Money 7

    Summary: Turn On is an addictive little platform puzzle game which will open your eyes to the dependencies we have on electricity and technology if you're a fan of puzzle platform games you'll enjoy the difficulty changes and challenging levels

    • Laid back gameplay
    • Challenging levels
    • Repetitive
    • Jumping isn't very responsive on the side scrolling levels

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    Gaming since the early 90's enjoys playing platformers, survival and online co-op games.

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