Energy Balance is a number puzzle. You have to swap power units in such a way that their sums form correct chains both vertically and horizontally. The game is easy to learn, but very hard to master. So, are you ready to peep under the hood of an alien spaceship?
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (84 reviews) - 76% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2015

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“Energy Balance is an awesome game. It's simple but it is taking. The graphics are very good and the music is absolutely huge (I let run the game with the music in the background).”
GRAAL

“Energy Balance is, at its core, a game for math puzzle fans, and that’s about it.”
The Mad Welshman

“Energy Balance endeavors to bring storytelling and Sudoku together into a seamless gaming experience.”
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About This Game

During a mission your spaceship encounters an unknown anomaly and all system fail. You have to balance the energy in order to get them running again and to get home safely.

Energy Balance is a number puzzle. You have to swap power units in such a way that their sums form correct chains both vertically and horizontally. The game is easy to learn, but very hard to master. So, are you ready to peep under the hood of an alien spaceship?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 320 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: 8.1
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 320 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 370 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 370 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (84 reviews)
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Thug Life
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
I think I played a game? Not sure. My dad was here.
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nonfrager
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
I really liked this game, and i would recommend it to people who like math and/or think.

It\'s quite addictive and serves it\'s purpose to make you think, despite it\'s following minuses:
- repetitive music (had to turn it off after like ~30 mins)
- plot kinda makes no sense, although it\'s not really needed here, but still (our ship doesn\'t work - lets fix one system, now another, now next one - meow(confused) )
- tiles color should be either changeable or a bit less dark (sometimes background has same color with tiles)

Now one math related issue: +0 and -0 make no sense, could you change it to just 0, or empty tile?

Thanks for your game and keep going.
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LAST
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Serious workout for brain muscle!
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Yella 🎓
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Energy Balance is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- it has a good price
- it has trading cards
- it is indie & casual
- it is a good puzzle game

Enjoy!
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Salarn
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
https://youtu.be/VkNA6yfOEqs

Floating lost in deep space isn't the best way to go through life, but at least the cat is friendly. This puzzle game tasks the player to reconnect the broken ship systems represented with math puzzles.

Part crossword, sudoku and deduction the puzzles in this game ramp up very quickly creating a jagged learning curve that may easily frustrated players. Visuals are rather lackluster but the sound track helps make up for that small flaw.
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Hazel Meade
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Energy Balance takes a fine math puzzle and wraps it in some of the most pathetic graphics and in-game dialog ever created. It's as if the designers actually sat in a room and said, "How can we make this even dumber? Cool, let's do that!" In addition, it has a really limited set of puzzles, and doesn't take very long to complete. A rather disappointing affair.
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Toast
( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
I hate maths!

Yet this game gets me to sit down, actually use my brain and surprisingly I enjoy it.

The basic concept is easy to understand, but that doesn't mean that the actual puzzles are anywhere close to easy. Especially in later levels you really need to think every move through or you'll get stuck pretty fast.

As everytime you close a level it will be reset to a new configuration you will not be able to copy the puzzle and think about it during your commute or the like, but this also means that once you do get stuck you can simply try again and maybe get something that's easier for you.

There's some story to this, though I must confess that after the first slow text scrawl I started skipping it altogether, so I can't comment on the quality of the plot.

Altogether I quite enjoy the game :)
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Drunk Shirtless Guy
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
Pros: Easy to pick up and play, Simple mechanics, Easy badge (only 5 cards, you get 3 from drops) and the soundtrack is pretty cool. Good atmosphere, a smart robot and a cute space cat. :3

Cons: This is a logic/math puzzle game and there is no real logic to solving the puzzles. Restarting to generate another set of random numbers in hopes of getting a better set seems to be the way to win. When you finally get one that doesn't take 20 minutes to solve 1 part after completing all other parts you'll praise RNGesus. I'm serious, this game requires so much backtracking it's not even funny. RNG and blind guessing at it's finest. Don't bother buying it at full price, it's not even worth $1.99 let alone a dollar more.

Conculsion: If you want to waste time, it would be better wasted on something else. If you want an easy badge, buy this with a coupon or if it goes on sale. I'm considering buying the soundtrack though...
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AuttoMatta
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
It is just bad. A bad gameplay. A bad UI. Only sound is good but when you apply your brain on this game, the sound is also annoying.
0/10 would play again.
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Bustrodux
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
game so evil i might just gift a few to some high school kids who can't even do basic math

10/10 will ♥♥♥♥ with you if you don't even slope

in all seriousness though, i'm just bout done with the game. got 2 levels to go, i would complete them right now but it's 4:28am and i haven't slept in like 46h hours or so, and looking back at when i beat the first level i kinda hoped it would keep me trying to figure them out a bit longer. most say that there's no "logical" way of beating them but there actually kinda is, but do worry cause i'm not gonna spoil anything >:D

i will give this piece of advice though. if your close, instead of saying "aww screw it imma reset it", don't. and don't just blind fire, cause from what some people have said it seems like thats what they do, instead try the hit-n-miss strategy meanwhile switching up your targets.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
I really liked this game, and i would recommend it to people who like math and/or think.

It\'s quite addictive and serves it\'s purpose to make you think, despite it\'s following minuses:
- repetitive music (had to turn it off after like ~30 mins)
- plot kinda makes no sense, although it\'s not really needed here, but still (our ship doesn\'t work - lets fix one system, now another, now next one - meow(confused) )
- tiles color should be either changeable or a bit less dark (sometimes background has same color with tiles)

Now one math related issue: +0 and -0 make no sense, could you change it to just 0, or empty tile?

Thanks for your game and keep going.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I think I played a game? Not sure. My dad was here.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
If you like puzzles
If you like math
This is a game for you!
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2015
I would describe this game as a cross between sudoku and crosswords. If this sounds interesting to you, read on!
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Energy Balance takes the standard minimalistic approach as other recent puzzle games do - light on explanations, yet simple in mechanics. The basic levels are also part of a vague story, which I found helped to break up the gameplay and give it a bit of a setting. Your spaceship is in trouble and you've got to fix all the components (engine, cloaking device, etc).

Levels consist of rows and columns of numbers - all linked together. The numbers in each row and column have to add up to the value specified at the end of the line of numbers. The object of the game is to select a number in a row (or column) that doesn't tally correctly, then switch it with a number that will help bring the tally closer to what is required. While this is all you can do, there is actually a lot to it at later levels, often requiring a great deal of thinking on your part.

Normal levels consist of single digits in the +8 to -8 range, but hardcore levels could possibly ask for rows/columns to tally +/-100. (Hardcore #2 was exceptionally hard for me, taking around 2 weeks before I finally got it.)

Various strategies can be employed to make number swaps work for you. A row that adds correctly, linked to a column that doesn't, may benefit from a swap of the number in the shared square with another from the row, effectively only altering the sum of numbers in the column... whereas a row out by -2 and another row out by +2 might better benefit from a direct swap from one to the other. You might find yourself more likely to be out by +1 though, and in only one spot, making swaps entirely useless.

Perhaps the most fun feature I discovered is that it is impossible to go online hoping to find a solution. Why? Because every time you quit without finishing a level, the numbers will randomise into a new puzzle when you go to try again.

So when you see someone has 100% achievements for this game, you can be pretty confident they earned it.

I digress though. I have mentioned normal and even hardcore levels, but while they are relatively few in number, they will take time to complete, and there are still further puzzles that are perhaps a bit less taxing and a bit more fun - a kind of reward for getting through hardcore. There is no story accompanying the hardcore or bonus puzzles, but they can still take time to complete, and fill out the game to make it worth its cost.

The accompanying puzzle music is surprisingly good - I found myself leaving it on more often than not. It has an outer-space feel to it that is enhanced by the background behind the puzzles - a moving, travelling-through-space backdrop that consists of stars passing you by, and a nebula in the distance. It is easy on the eye and doesn't detract from you trying to concentrate on your sums.

In short, it's a good game for anyone that likes puzzle games, the achievements aren't too difficult and it makes a nice break between larger games such as rpgs. It could benefit from additional puzzles, and perhaps an artwork gallery. 8/10
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
While I really like number puzzles, they all have some sort of logical trick to them that you learn, and use to solve them. You don't beat a Sudoku or a Kakuro with blind guessing, you have to eliminate the alternate possibilities until only one logical conclusion can be drawn...

This game doesn't do that. At least, there's no logic underlying it that I've been able to find. You really can't do anything but put together things that add up to possible answers, with no idea of whether you're screwing yourself over down the road. In short, it's blind guessing-and-checking until eventually you win, which defeats the purpose of a logic puzzle, since there's no real logic to it.

Reading the other reviews, even the people who were giving this positive reviews said it was easier to just keep quitting and retrying the puzzles (the numbers are rerandomized each time you start a level) until you get numbers that tend towards extremes to make the possible permutations easier. Thanks to that, the game largely revolves around "brute force tactics" of just rerolling until you get good numbers, then trying every permutation until one fits. It makes the game feel frustrating; Rather than like some puzzle you feel clever for solving, it's just something you beat your head against until the puzzle broke first.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I hate maths!

Yet this game gets me to sit down, actually use my brain and surprisingly I enjoy it.

The basic concept is easy to understand, but that doesn't mean that the actual puzzles are anywhere close to easy. Especially in later levels you really need to think every move through or you'll get stuck pretty fast.

As everytime you close a level it will be reset to a new configuration you will not be able to copy the puzzle and think about it during your commute or the like, but this also means that once you do get stuck you can simply try again and maybe get something that's easier for you.

There's some story to this, though I must confess that after the first slow text scrawl I started skipping it altogether, so I can't comment on the quality of the plot.

Altogether I quite enjoy the game :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
game so evil i might just gift a few to some high school kids who can't even do basic math

10/10 will ♥♥♥♥ with you if you don't even slope

in all seriousness though, i'm just bout done with the game. got 2 levels to go, i would complete them right now but it's 4:28am and i haven't slept in like 46h hours or so, and looking back at when i beat the first level i kinda hoped it would keep me trying to figure them out a bit longer. most say that there's no "logical" way of beating them but there actually kinda is, but do worry cause i'm not gonna spoil anything >:D

i will give this piece of advice though. if your close, instead of saying "aww screw it imma reset it", don't. and don't just blind fire, cause from what some people have said it seems like thats what they do, instead try the hit-n-miss strategy meanwhile switching up your targets.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Math simulator with a throwaway story about a robot alien and his robot cat trying to fix their ship.

Warning: if you don't like math and/or don't want to randomly throw tiles around a board until everything lights up, skip this.

The 'story' levels aren't too difficult, and seem to have multiple solutions, as I was able to finish them without too much effort. However if you want to complete the hardcore levels, be prepared to whip out some note-taking materials and do some number crunching (and DON'T CLOSE THE MAP). The one walkthrough for this game is basically "how to take notes and use a calculator".

On the upside, if you DO like to math, the numbers on the puzzles are randomized, and so each map is technically infinitely replayable. This can be frustrating if you have to leave and come back, as the numbers will be reset upon reopening the selected level.

Otherwise, basically sudoku crosswords.

Edit: I would like this a lot more if it had some more inbuilt tools for notes/number/combination tracking like Everyday Genius: SquareLogic (which I loved).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Serious workout for brain muscle!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
A very simple number puzzle game. The later levels provide a bit more of a challenge, but the first few are pretty easy. If you like this sort of puzzle game, then there's no reason you won't like this one. And I admit I found the cat amusing.
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