If you’re a fan of the abstract or simply like to put your brain to the test then Dissembler by prolific Melbourne based indie developer Ian MacLarty is definitely something you should be putting on your gaming wish list. Specialising in the abstract and bringing gamers a kaleidoscope of visual experiences, his latest project Dissembler is a more minimalist experience featuring a beautifully chilled soundtrack.
Upon opening the game I wasn’t greeted by any menu screen, instead I simply found myself already faced with my first puzzle. The premise seemed simple enough, similar to a match-3 style of game, you flip over pairs of tiles to make matching colour groups. This however is where the comparison to a match-3 style of game ends as your end goal here is to vanish all the tiles thus removing everything from the screen and leaving behind a clean slate. Like most games, Dissembler will increase in difficulty as you progress, leading you gently from basic puzzles to the more complex and at times mind-boggling. Soon it will require careful planning and lateral thinking to continue through the games many levels.
Dissembler encourages players to relax into a focused mental state, considering every move and planning ahead. I’ve spent the last few days playing and have found that it’s encouraged me to become more thoughtful of the moves I make, planning steps ahead of myself and becoming more calculated. In Dissembler you have freedom of thought and are not pressured by rapidly paced countdown music designed to ensue panic either. This is a nice change of pace when it comes to puzzle style games for me as previously I’ve always found myself racing that ticking clock.
- Beautifully-presented minimalist puzzle game with chilled original soundtrack
- Every one of the 120+ puzzles is a hand-made work of art with no randomness
- Experiment freely – undo any number of moves at any time without any penalty
- Buy once and enjoy forever – no in-app purchases necessary!
- Free daily puzzles, plus step-by-step solutions revealed the next day
- Infinite mode offers an endless play mode with online leaderboards
- Color-blind mode makes Dissembler accessible to more players
Due out Thursday February 22nd, Dissembler will be available on both Steam and iOS via the Apple App Store for a one off purchase price and is a must have for fans of the puzzle genre.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with Dissembler and have found it not only a great way to expand my mental ability but also a wonderful way to simply relax and even chill out whilst still playing and enjoying gaming.