โพสต์: 23 มกราคม
Auditorium is a game based around some very simple mechanics that affect how various colored particles move and change color. The game consists of 15 levels of 4-5 stages each. Each stage requires the player to direct particles of specific colors toward each "container" or sensor. Each sensor is associated with one color (or more, in later levels), and the player must find a way to fill the bars of all sensors on the stage at the same time.
Despite the straightforward mechanics of the game, the difficulty of the puzzles lies in the ways the different mechanics interact; it's easy enough to get one stream of particles to go towards one sensor, but when you're dealing with 2 streams, 5 sensors (several of which are multi-color), and a black hole, and you only have a few items to work with, things can get a little tricky. These complex interactions can be a little unpredictable, so later levels may involve a lot of trial and error - even if you look up a solution online, being a few pixels off can throw a wrench into the works.
Despite ostensibly being a game heavily involving music, the soundtrack is not that great. All the stages consist of short repeating loops of music; each sensor, when filled, causes one element or instrument of the music for that level to play. When the stage is completed, the screen changes to indicate this as the music continues to play. Because the music consists of short loops, however, even the best music gets old quickly.
This game is probably best played in short bursts. I decided to sit down and beat most of the game today (I'd probably finished the first two levels years ago), and just finished it. Overall, Auditorium is more of a webtoy than a proper game, but it's still quite enjoyable and challenging for what it is. There's probably not much replay value once you beat it; though theoretically you could mess around and find alternate solutions for each stage, there's no real motivation to do so. I would probably not have paid full-price for the game, but I would recommend checking it out if it's on sale. Plus, you can always check out the demo online first if you're unsure about buying.