Take one look at Smash Puck and you might think you’ll have it mastered in no time. After all, you just have to smash one puck into another to get it into a hole, right? The game starts off with simple mechanics, but with new challenging elements being introduced in every level, your confidence will constantly be kept in check.
At first, you’ll think the game is all about angles, but then the hole you’re shooting for will start to move and you’ll realise it’s also about timing. Or you’ll have to force your way over a slew of little yellow speed bumps and it becomes about getting just the right force as you draw your finger back to shoot the puck. And sure, you may be able to bounce your puck around an obstacle, but how will you deal when a magnet is drawing it away from where you want it to go?
All the new twists would be frustrating if they weren’t so much fun. The electro soundtrack, psychedelic colours and cool graphics (like a giant lollipop, a bubble-blowing fish or an eyeball that follows your movement around the board) keep the atmosphere light, even when you accidentally land in a pit of lava or your striker falls into a hole and a cluster of skulls announce your failure.
Nothing’s more satisfying than finally conquering an obstacle after trying again and again. But, if you really get stuck, you can skip a level. At least, the game will let you do it – your ego might never let you live it down.