Chip is a very good puzzle game that requires you to plan out your strategy on a grid while utilizing reflecting mirrors and other mechanisms like magnets.
If you like puzzle games that challenge you to plan your moves carefully, then you will enjoy this game.
The aesthetics are good - the artstyle is cute and refreshing. The background is simple, and you can add cosmetics to change your character's appearance (there are also 3 characters to choose from, two of which must be unlocked). The music and sounds are decent, however, within 15 minutes I decided to mute all sounds in favor of my own. The story is very basic, as the focus of the game is more on puzzle solving.
The controls are easy to pick up since you will only be using the mouse. One problem, however, is the needlessly large hitboxes when clicking on items - if you don't click right on the middle of an item, you risk clicking a neighboring item that you may not have wanted (can be particularly annoying when you are trying to finish a level under the time limit and accidentally click the wrong item). The learning curve is minimal to moderate - the levels get progressively difficult, and new mechanics are introduced after a number of levels have been cleared. There are also challenge levels that can be quite the brain teaser, but are very rewarding if you can solve them. The tutorial is quick and helpful, and whenever new mechanics are introduced, they are always explained.
Gameplay consists of you getting a cannon to shoot an electricity ball at your player character. As the game progresses, you will have to use mirrors (switching the angles) to manipulate the pathway of the electricity ball. There are also things like batteries (which act as barriers) and magnets (which pull/push metal items), adding extra layers of complexity to the game.
Each stage has three clear points (lightbulbs) - you get one for clearing the level, one for finishing under a certain time limit, and another for completing the stage with x moves. The game even tells you that some levels require you to play a level again, as sometimes meeting the time completion requires you to use more moves (or vice versa). There are also items in some stages that provide you with extra money or a new item in the store if you can shoot it and send it to your player character.
Overall, the game is quite fun and can be a challenge. The puzzles increase in difficulty at a steady pace, and many of the challenge levels require a lot of trial and error to find a solution. If you like this type of puzzle-solving, then you should really enjoy Chip.
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews