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SOLAS 128

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

83%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchJan 25, 2021
PCJan 25, 2021

Developer: Amicable Animal

Publishers: Amicable Animal, Armor Games Studios

Genres: Music, Puzzle

At its heart, SOLAS is a beam deflection game. Rotate and reposition mirrors to connect light sources and unlock adjacent puzzles. Every pulse is moving to the beat at all times, and each puzzle is connected to the next. Explore this strange interconnected space, learn its rules, and discover the surprises that dwell within. Rather than ordinary light beams, however, these pulses can and will collide with each other. Create new colours, deflect them in new directions, and pay attention to their timing to unlock the path to new puzzles. Along the way you'll encounter a wide array of components which interact in unique and surprising ways. You might even discover you can pass pulses and components between puzzles. Prisms, glitches, new types of mirrors, and more lurk in the depths. For example, the filters which remove colours from pulses that pass over them. To match the otherworldly, retro, neon aesthetic, SOLAS is scored with a one of a kind synthwave soundtrack to which the entire game is synchronized. - Over 150 interlocking puzzle screens - A beautiful synth-inspired visual style with a story where music powers everything - Designed from the ground up to be colourblind-friendly - A seamless world to navigate - changes in one room will affect those that follow - An original synth/chillwave soundtrack - Hidden areas to discover, and secrets to decypher - No text or dialogue: the visuals and music speak for themselves SOLAS is a game based around the combination and separation of these pulses, but has been designed from the ground up to not be reliant only on colour. SOLAS’ glyphs each have a unique shape and profile, and there are customisable contrast settings, making it accessible to colour-blind players.

SOLAS 128 Critic Reviews

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SOLAS 128 takes mirror puzzles to a whole new level, with a host of different light-based mechanics and a sprinkle of synth magic.

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An excellent puzzler that is let down only by a mediocre port onto a screen that it is doing no favors for. The game plays fine when docked onto a bigger screen, but then the controls let you down that much more when you lose the touchscreen to doodle on. There is a rhythmic, difficult challenge unlocked behind the awkward interface played across a level design that beautifully weaves the very canvas of each problem into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Solas 128, if only I could shake the feeling I would have loved it more were I playing it on a PC.

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Solas 128 is an intricate sprawling mass of puzzles, slowly building in intricacy from managing a single beam to untangling multiple colors and filters with only a handful of reflectors.

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8 / 10.0
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Solas 128 doesn't hold your hand, and has some insanely hard puzzles. The pure visual and auditory style alone makes it worth struggling through though.

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