An unflattering angle.
Perfect Angle is a game all about perspective, you’ll shift your point of view on objects until they resemble other objects – it’s that simple.
The game offers numerous puzzles of this ilk ranging from simply lining up circles across walls to forming a chess piece utilising changing water levels. The game, to its credit, attempts to vary up the puzzles with occasional gimmicks, for example using missiles to clear some of the scenery. The game could do with a deeper dive into some of these mechanics as they are few and far between, the game often goes through stale spells that could benefit from these gimmicks.
The game also suffers from the occasional obtuse puzzle element, you’re not given an indication of what you’re looking for in each level so it always begins with some mindless fumbling. Some levels are more frustrating than others and can feel too obscure to get without hints. Thankfully the hint system is helpful in this regard, you’re given a limited number of hints to use, each time you use a hint the game offers more and more help finding the object. It starts with telling you the object you’re looking for and progresses to even let you know when you’re close to the solution without necessarily spelling it out. It’d be nice to not have to use a hint just to make the puzzle feel fair but it seems that for those more frustrating puzzles the hint system is up to the task.
This isn’t a long game either, just casually playing through the game only takes a couple of hours and the story is a feeble stretch to join the puzzles together, each item you find and area you visit is loosely related to the story. Whilst each of these areas looks interesting and is pretty well presented there’s nothing overly memorable here. From sewers masking chess pieces to city streets hiding musical notes it’s borderline nonsensical at times but thankfully the story here is not the main attraction. With little reason to revisit aspects of the game you’ll be done with this in a single afternoon at best and unfortunately, it’s a largely forgettable experience.
The general ideas on display in Prefect Angle are interesting, utilising various perspectives to find hidden objects is a novel idea, but unfortunately, it struggles to hold up as fun throughout an entire game. Some obtuse puzzle designs and a weak story mean that it can be hard to keep going but some keen puzzle fans might find some enjoyment for an afternoon here.
Perfect Angle looks to provide a short compelling experience and the interesting perspective mechanic is novel at first but the game quickly runs out of ideas and some minor design decisions only make some of the puzzles even more of a drag.