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  • Summary: Cogs is a puzzle game where players build machines from sliding tiles. Players can choose from 50 levels and 3 gameplay modes. New puzzles are unlocked by building contraptions quickly and efficiently. Inventor Mode: Starting with simple puzzles, players are introduced to the widgets thatCogs is a puzzle game where players build machines from sliding tiles. Players can choose from 50 levels and 3 gameplay modes. New puzzles are unlocked by building contraptions quickly and efficiently. Inventor Mode: Starting with simple puzzles, players are introduced to the widgets that are used to build machines - gears, pipes, balloons, chimes, hammers, wheels, props, and more. Time Challenge Mode: If you finish a puzzle in Inventor Mode, it will be unlocked here. This time, it will take fewer moves to reach a solution, but you only have 30 seconds to find it. Move Challenge Mode: Take your time and plan ahead. Every click counts when you only get ten moves to find a solution. [Steam] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Cogs can best be described as kind of cyber punk style meets Leonardo Da vinci. Looks simple enough at first, but you soon find there is some real brain benders involved.
  2. 85
    It's a gorgeous curio, well worth the asking price.
  3. The game has three game modes and 50 levels, so even when you’ve beaten the ever-increasing-in-difficulty Inventor Mode (basic puzzles and mechanics) you can take them all on again in Time Challenge Mode (30 second time limit) and Move Challenge Mode (ten moves only).
  4. A unique but challenging puzzle game that is best left to the patient.
  5. 73
    The extreme difficulty, coupled with the lack of a hint system, makes Cogs more of a diversion that you'll probably move on from quickly than something that you'll sink a lot of time into.
  6. 70
    Overall I had a fun time with Cogs, it's a fresh spin on puzzle games, and while some puzzles are scream-inducing hard, in the end you feel a huge sense of victory when you solve a super hard puzzle, and who out there doesn't like to see a rocket ship take flight, after you've connect a system of pipes to its 6 engines!
  7. AceGamez
    60
    I highly recommend trying out the demo to see if you can live with this flaw before making a decision; Cogs still deserves our respect for creating an unusual and very well thought out puzzle game, but sadly the restrictions of its chosen medium gets the better of the gameplay at times.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    10
    I had no idea that Cogs, a somewhat random pick up I obtained in the Humble Bundle, would entrap me the way it did. I don't exactly know howI had no idea that Cogs, a somewhat random pick up I obtained in the Humble Bundle, would entrap me the way it did. I don't exactly know how to review this title, after all it really is just a sliding puzzle game. All I can tell you is give it a chance, the game is beautifully executed. Expand
  2. DerekP
    Jan 2, 2010
    10
    A brilliantly inventive game with stunning visual aspects. It combines the beauty of the standard sliding puzzle with the complexity of the A brilliantly inventive game with stunning visual aspects. It combines the beauty of the standard sliding puzzle with the complexity of the steampunk inspired mechanics. Not only that, but after you've completed the game you have the option to better your scores through using less moves and less time. Lazy8 studios must also be commended on their friendliness and support to modders of the game as seen in their forum. Top marks guys. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2012
    9
    It made me think and it excels in inventing a rich variety on a simple formula. Worth it for the graphics alone, the designers did a wonderfulIt made me think and it excels in inventing a rich variety on a simple formula. Worth it for the graphics alone, the designers did a wonderful job. I have no idea how to further improve on the genre. Only the gameplay's root in one singly type of puzzle keeps Cogs from a ten in my book. But one could choose to see its focus as a strength. Expand
  4. ilas
    May 23, 2009
    8
    We need to see more of games like this.
  5. Jul 27, 2011
    8
    If you like puzzle games, you will probably love Cogs. It's a mixture of classic sliding puzzle mechanics and spacial awareness... all tied upIf you like puzzle games, you will probably love Cogs. It's a mixture of classic sliding puzzle mechanics and spacial awareness... all tied up in a nice steampunk package.

    Puzzles are generally accomplished by normal sliding block mechanics.. trading pieces around to put the correct ones in the correct space. The real trick comes as you progress through the levels... the puzzles become 3D... rotated around a cube, or placed back to back... where sliding one piece changes both puzzles' layouts... or having to connect various pieces to make different parts of a machine work on different sides of a cube.

    The graphics and sound effects are spot on (although I would have liked widescreen support, I didn't notice after a while). Graphics are smooth and well done... sound effects are minimal and subtle so as not to get annoying... while still adding to the atmosphere. Even the menus are fun.

    Not the most original puzzle game I've ever played, but presentation and fun factor are top notch.
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  6. Dec 1, 2011
    7
    Wow, lovely puzzle game! .. And believe me, normally i hate puzzles ! Cogs is a perfect game for a 15 minute session.. just to exercise yourWow, lovely puzzle game! .. And believe me, normally i hate puzzles ! Cogs is a perfect game for a 15 minute session.. just to exercise your brain;) Levels are well designed, smart and pleasure to watch. Specially when you finish the task and see the outcome - e.g steam moves a little toy helicopter ;) There's plenty of levels and special challenge mode, so you would not be bored. I can imagine that all puzzle fanatics will really enjoy Cogs, for me it's a nice distraction - so, 7 points out of 10. Very decent game, bravo Lazy8 Studios! Expand
  7. Apr 16, 2013
    5
    This is an average puzzle game that will offer you some fun moments, but nothing spectacular. The graphics are good and the puzzles areThis is an average puzzle game that will offer you some fun moments, but nothing spectacular. The graphics are good and the puzzles are challenging in this game, but unless you're a die-hard puzzle game fan, you won't be overly enjoying it. It's fun for about 30 minutes at a time, but anything more than that and it starts to become boring. A well made game that offers nothing new to the genre. Expand

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