The Architect is the twisted sci-fi abstract labyrinth game at the edge of Creation, which makes you ponder every move you'll make.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (18 reviews) - 66% of the 18 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 4, 2015

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“Challenging, fun and extremely fair puzzle game with a great fuel mechanics and elegant level design.”
8.5/10 – Colton&Zack

“Should be as simple of a game as you can imagine, and if you play on the “Super Easy” difficulty, that’s the case. But when you take the jump to normal difficulty, you lose the infinite number of platform modifiers, and the game suddenly goes from casual thinker to strategic minefield.”
Haogamers

“The Architect is a fun little puzzler when you’re up for it. And you have to be up for it because to complete the game in the hardest difficulty, you’ll have to spend some serious time figuring out all your moves. Thumbs up for developer Spooky Star for creating one of the better puzzlers we’ve seen recently.”
7.5/10 – http://3rd-strike.com/the-architect-review/

About This Game

In the beginning there was nothing. There was only silence. Then a tiny object appeared...

The game follows the story of a mysterious, yet insignificant object set to bring a world to life. The player will take control of the mysterious, yet insignificant object in it's quest.

The Architect is the twisted sci-fi abstract labyrinth game at the edge of Creation, which makes you ponder every move you'll make.

Key Features:

  • twisted labyrinths where getting out is a great challenge!
  • optional levels with additional details to the story
  • use space modifiers to change the labyrinth around you!
  • step into magnetic distortion fields for fast travels!
  • beautiful 3D outer space world
  • controller support
  • full featured level editor included
  • create custom levels: share levels in Workshop and test your friends!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel® Atom™ Z3735G, 1.83GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 230 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo 7300, 2.53GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 3850/nVidia GTX 560
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Intel® Core 2 Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Storage: 230 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.10
    • Processor: Intel® Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 3850/nVidia GTX 560
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 32 bit linux distro
    • Processor: Intel® Atom™ Z3735G, 1.83GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • Storage: 230 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64 bit linux distro
    • Processor: Intel® Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon 3850/nVidia GTX 560
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (18 reviews)
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Lothy
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Product received for free
The Architect is a puzzle game of varied difficulties by Spooky Star. In order to understand how the difficulties work, you must understand how the game is played: You find yourself on a translucent board made of blocks, all of which are on different levels. You can’t jump up but you can drop to a different level. Gathering certain objects of one color allows you to bring a block one level up per object. Gathering objects of another color allows you to bring a block down one level per object.
Difficulties, then, are based on whether you need to gather all the objects or not before you exit the level.

Larger, harder levels are labyrinth-like, so that even in the easiest difficulty you will have to consider your moves carefully – after all, you have only a limited amount of objects in the board meant to raise or lower blocks, and you might end up walking yourself into a dead end.

The puzzles themselves are pretty great if you’re into harder puzzles that make you think through each step, particularly on the higher difficulty settings.

The controls weren’t too bad but they weren’t overly good, either. I feel like they could’ve put a bit more thought in them, and while it’s hard to describe precisely why, I’ll just say the combination of mouse and keyboard felt a bit awkward sometimes.

There was an attempt to put a bit of a story on the puzzle, but I don’t feel it’s that good nor that it was needed. I do appreciate the effort in trying, though. The basic idea of it is: you’re just a mysterious object tasked with bringing a world to life. It’s interesting and gives it a nice touch, but there was no need to try and add depth to it.

The graphics were probably what bothered me the most. They weren’t bad, but they were confusing. I do understand the need to make the blocks translucent so as not to block the view of lower levels, yet at the same time this made the puzzles much harder. It’s probably also part of it – to add difficulty to the puzzles – but at some pints it was just annoying, as most of the angles on larger levels became confusing – was that at the same level or lower? – more than once I fell on a lower level because of this and locked myself out of moves, or even lowered/rose a platform thinking it was going to be at the right level when it really wasn’t – or when I was really seeing one beyond.

All in all, The Architect is a really nice puzzle game but I found it far from relaxing, and relaxing is how I like my puzzles best.
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supalupi
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 16
If you like puzzles this game will suck up all of your time.
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Krazedlion
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
The Architect is plagued by frustrating controls and boring gameplay.
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Richbags
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 22, 2015
It's a bit boring and believe it or not, to lower and lift blocks is actually quite annoying because sometimes the cursor selects a different block when you try to lower or lift another one.
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Terracorex
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: November 21, 2015
Quirkly puzzle game. Not quite a platformer since there is not actual jumping involved. There certainly are platforms in abudance though. You can raise and lower them as you accumulate either blue or green energy balls. Those balls can lower or raise, respectively, any platform cell by one level per energy ball consumed. This leads (somewhat) to a planning element where you navigate the maze of platform cells at various levels, while attempting to not run out of energy balls. If you do, and get in an area from which you cannot escape, you have to restart the whole level.

Some of these levels can be quite huge and its easy to get disoriented, since the main problem with the game is the lack of control of the camera in terms of being able to easily move it to where you need it. This can be VERY frustrating. Yes, you can hit Q or E to rotate the screen 90 degrees, and you can hit F or R to tilt the camera, but what is desperately missing is any keyboard command to shift the camera left, right, up or down. Instead, you have to move the mouse to the edge of the screen, which makes it difficult to control exactly which angle you end up with. Sometimes, I had to zoom the camera out (using the mouse wheel) just to be able to shift the screen to the point where I could see my little guy again.

Just adding keyboard commands to control the camera without the depending on the mouse would help immensely. Two other gripes I had while playing were also mentioned by other reviewers. First, it can be difficult to select the particular cell you want to raise or lower. And even when you do, then you have to be very careful when you try and select the up or down arrow without accidentally selecting another cell, the wrong cell, which can really screw you up. It's entirely possible to accidentally raise or lower and cell in this way, and then have to restart the level.

Second, the levels while fairly large and somewhat challenging, seemed haphazard in their construction. There seemed to be more attention paid to how the level looked (like a tree for instance) than on having a focused solution that you would need to follow to complete the level. Other planning puzzle games like Tori Tori have this essential element that this game mostly lacks--namely the element of having to figure out the right order to go where and do what. Here, any level has many possible solutions, and you mainly only have to worry about not running too low on energy balls. Using a simple greedy strategy of going where there are more balls that won't cost you a net loss once you consume the next ball seems to always work.

Honestly, I quickly tired of this game after not finding a real mental effort to grab my attention. The game seemed to depend on throwing large levels at you where you are trying to gather all the balls and not really adding much challenge beyond that. As a result, the gameplay became tedious, and not very fun.

Do I recommend this game then?

Well, this was a tough one, since I do think the game has some interesting dynamics and a lot of potential. The camera problems could be mostly fixed by adding some more keyboard controls. The levels could be more carefully designed and crafted to really require thinking ahead. So on a scale of 1 to 10, I might be very generous in giving this game a 6. Very generous, indeed. Since 6 is slightly more positive than negative, I guess I "recommend" this game, but with all the cavaets stated.
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zastroph
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
Could have had potential, however, the operation of raising and lowering blocks needs work. You click on the block that you want to move then a choice appears, all good so far, problem is to make the choice you have to click to the left of the chooseable options. It would be better to actually click on the options instead of trying to guess where you are supposed to be clicking!

I will be happy to edit this review if the developers can find a way to make this problem go away!!!


The developers have now solved this problem, so I am changing this review to positive!

I will do a full review at a later time, now that I can actually play the game!
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bamgrinus
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 7, 2015
On a mac. Controller doesn't work at all. 100% unplayable. Complete waste of money and time. PROTIP: Don't port a game to mac if you're not going to bother to make it work. AWFUL. DO NOT PLAY.

There is simply no excuse for saying a game works on mac but obviously not bothering to playtest.
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Mongoloid Mike
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2015
Nope
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Product received for free
The Architect is a puzzle game of varied difficulties by Spooky Star. In order to understand how the difficulties work, you must understand how the game is played: You find yourself on a translucent board made of blocks, all of which are on different levels. You can’t jump up but you can drop to a different level. Gathering certain objects of one color allows you to bring a block one level up per object. Gathering objects of another color allows you to bring a block down one level per object.
Difficulties, then, are based on whether you need to gather all the objects or not before you exit the level.

Larger, harder levels are labyrinth-like, so that even in the easiest difficulty you will have to consider your moves carefully – after all, you have only a limited amount of objects in the board meant to raise or lower blocks, and you might end up walking yourself into a dead end.

The puzzles themselves are pretty great if you’re into harder puzzles that make you think through each step, particularly on the higher difficulty settings.

The controls weren’t too bad but they weren’t overly good, either. I feel like they could’ve put a bit more thought in them, and while it’s hard to describe precisely why, I’ll just say the combination of mouse and keyboard felt a bit awkward sometimes.

There was an attempt to put a bit of a story on the puzzle, but I don’t feel it’s that good nor that it was needed. I do appreciate the effort in trying, though. The basic idea of it is: you’re just a mysterious object tasked with bringing a world to life. It’s interesting and gives it a nice touch, but there was no need to try and add depth to it.

The graphics were probably what bothered me the most. They weren’t bad, but they were confusing. I do understand the need to make the blocks translucent so as not to block the view of lower levels, yet at the same time this made the puzzles much harder. It’s probably also part of it – to add difficulty to the puzzles – but at some pints it was just annoying, as most of the angles on larger levels became confusing – was that at the same level or lower? – more than once I fell on a lower level because of this and locked myself out of moves, or even lowered/rose a platform thinking it was going to be at the right level when it really wasn’t – or when I was really seeing one beyond.

All in all, The Architect is a really nice puzzle game but I found it far from relaxing, and relaxing is how I like my puzzles best.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
I rarely have the time or patience to play puzzle games on the PC. However, this game was recommended for me, and I decided to give it a go.
Despite the deceivingly simple controls, where you can move around and - if you have the correct resources - raise/lower platforms, the game requires a lot of consideration from the player. You need to be able to plan ahead and keep in mind which part of the level you change and how - so that you can correctly plan your way to the exit.
The first levels are simple - tutorial like - but they gradually become harder and bigger. There are quite a few optional levels too, and there is something I am yet to try that looks like a level editor. I expect to play this for a while.

All in all, The Architect is a really good game for puzzle fans.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2015
Pros:
- challenging (some levels even on easy setting)
- some amazing level design (the tree, for example)
- custom levels and editor - if workshop support is added, we can expect a plethora of well-thought out levels
- a nod to FTL in a level :)

Suggestions:
- smoother horizontal movement
- with full camera movement support, the cubes could be textured/themed, as it wouldn't impede visibility

Cons:
- some uneven difficulty between levels on easy setting
- can't raise or lower platforms with single click

I heartily recommend this game for a brain-workout!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
If you like puzzles this game will suck up all of your time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
It's a bit boring and believe it or not, to lower and lift blocks is actually quite annoying because sometimes the cursor selects a different block when you try to lower or lift another one.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
Could have had potential, however, the operation of raising and lowering blocks needs work. You click on the block that you want to move then a choice appears, all good so far, problem is to make the choice you have to click to the left of the chooseable options. It would be better to actually click on the options instead of trying to guess where you are supposed to be clicking!

I will be happy to edit this review if the developers can find a way to make this problem go away!!!


The developers have now solved this problem, so I am changing this review to positive!

I will do a full review at a later time, now that I can actually play the game!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Great puzzle and awesome idea!
I recommend it to anyone looking for a good logic game.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Quirkly puzzle game. Not quite a platformer since there is not actual jumping involved. There certainly are platforms in abudance though. You can raise and lower them as you accumulate either blue or green energy balls. Those balls can lower or raise, respectively, any platform cell by one level per energy ball consumed. This leads (somewhat) to a planning element where you navigate the maze of platform cells at various levels, while attempting to not run out of energy balls. If you do, and get in an area from which you cannot escape, you have to restart the whole level.

Some of these levels can be quite huge and its easy to get disoriented, since the main problem with the game is the lack of control of the camera in terms of being able to easily move it to where you need it. This can be VERY frustrating. Yes, you can hit Q or E to rotate the screen 90 degrees, and you can hit F or R to tilt the camera, but what is desperately missing is any keyboard command to shift the camera left, right, up or down. Instead, you have to move the mouse to the edge of the screen, which makes it difficult to control exactly which angle you end up with. Sometimes, I had to zoom the camera out (using the mouse wheel) just to be able to shift the screen to the point where I could see my little guy again.

Just adding keyboard commands to control the camera without the depending on the mouse would help immensely. Two other gripes I had while playing were also mentioned by other reviewers. First, it can be difficult to select the particular cell you want to raise or lower. And even when you do, then you have to be very careful when you try and select the up or down arrow without accidentally selecting another cell, the wrong cell, which can really screw you up. It's entirely possible to accidentally raise or lower and cell in this way, and then have to restart the level.

Second, the levels while fairly large and somewhat challenging, seemed haphazard in their construction. There seemed to be more attention paid to how the level looked (like a tree for instance) than on having a focused solution that you would need to follow to complete the level. Other planning puzzle games like Tori Tori have this essential element that this game mostly lacks--namely the element of having to figure out the right order to go where and do what. Here, any level has many possible solutions, and you mainly only have to worry about not running too low on energy balls. Using a simple greedy strategy of going where there are more balls that won't cost you a net loss once you consume the next ball seems to always work.

Honestly, I quickly tired of this game after not finding a real mental effort to grab my attention. The game seemed to depend on throwing large levels at you where you are trying to gather all the balls and not really adding much challenge beyond that. As a result, the gameplay became tedious, and not very fun.

Do I recommend this game then?

Well, this was a tough one, since I do think the game has some interesting dynamics and a lot of potential. The camera problems could be mostly fixed by adding some more keyboard controls. The levels could be more carefully designed and crafted to really require thinking ahead. So on a scale of 1 to 10, I might be very generous in giving this game a 6. Very generous, indeed. Since 6 is slightly more positive than negative, I guess I "recommend" this game, but with all the cavaets stated.
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful