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Lazy 8 Studios (through Chillingo) has just released an iPhone version of their 3D mechanical puzzle game Cogs [App Store]. The iPhone release is an adaptation of their PC original, which is currently a finalist in the IGF 2010 Excellence in Design category.

Cogs is a mechanical puzzler that challenges you to bring to life a series of increasingly complex machines by way of arranging sets of tiles, gears, pipes, and the like in such a way as to connect varying energy sources to their ultimate outlets across 50 different 2.5D and 3D environments. And the whole thing is done up in a lovely steampunk motif (the best cogs are, of course, brass). There are carts to set rolling, balloons to inflate, helicopters to build, and rockets to launch. The sliding tile mechanic makes it feel something like Puzzle on (brass and mahogany) steroids.

cogs screenshot-chime-pyramidCogs presents you with three different modes of play. Inventor Mode, which is really the core gameplay mode, takes the player through all of the game's 50 puzzles, starting with the easy and moving towards the maniacal. The other two modes are Challenge modes that provide access to any puzzles unlocked in the Inventor Mode and are great for getting off a quick round or two on the go. Time Challenge presents any unlocked puzzle in an easier-to-solve configuration than Inventor mode…but each puzzle must be completed within 30 seconds. Move Challenge mode, in contrast, is all about taking time to decide the most efficient route to a puzzle's solution -- each puzzle must be solved in 10 moves in this mode.

Score rankings and achievements are tracked through Chillingo's own Crystal game network.

cogs screenshot-silenceThe game features a well-done touch system that takes the iPhone's screen out of your way and puts you in simple control of these seemingly real objects. It's a simple tap (or swipe) to move a tile -- and you can move more than one at a time by tapping on the first tile in a row to move. Two fingers on the screen allows for drag-based rotation of the various puzzle objects. Although the original is a PC title, Cogs was definitely meant for a touchscreen.

Cogs is addicting, brilliant, and frustrating. A casual puzzler, it is not. Oh, the game takes it easy on you for the first few puzzles in order to instill within you a false sense of mechanical mastery. Shortly thereafter, however, the puzzles get downright cruel. You'll discover that the next level, a mere flat board of pipe tiles, has pipe pieces on not one but both sides. Or try your hand at ringing an array of bells in perfect synchronicity with a wildly varying array of hammer cogs to deal with. It's a case of "must...defeat...this...game..." where one might not always call achieving victory "fun," but rather "necessary -- for sanity's sake." It can be maddening, but in the loveliest sort of way.

I've spent significant time with various pre-release builds of Cogs over the last few weeks and I can say that it's, at the moment, my favorite iPhone puzzler and one of my very favorite iPhone games in general. I really can't imagine much in the way of a negative that a puzzle fan could posit against this game. But if my praise doesn't convince, grab the free PC demo version and give it a try to get at least a feel for the game.

Cogs is being sold in an interesting way in that you pay as you go, buying incremental packs of ten levels for 99¢ a pop. For the initial 99¢ you get the first ten levels, which basically amounts to the puzzles that make up the Cogs tutorial. Beat that, and the next ten levels are 99¢, beat those and ten more are 99¢, and so on. If you buy the game and all four DLC packs, Cogs will run you $4.95 and should take around 10 hours to complete if you try to beat every challenge in the game.

App Store Link: Cogs, 99¢ (Plus 4 DLC Packs @ 99¢ each)

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  • 1337brian

    Awesome game, and well worth $5 if it matches it's PC counterpart! I'll try out the first pack @$0.99 and if it fits I'll get the rest! WTG on the DLc not a bad idea at all!

  • 1337brian

    Awesome game, and well worth $5 if it matches it's PC counterpart! I'll try out the first pack @$0.99 and if it fits I'll get the rest! WTG on the DLc not a bad idea at all!

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Finished the 10 levels all golds in about 20 minutes. Not sure im liking the "buy 10 more levels" deal... You do the math.

    Otherwise a nice game.

    • Deewin

      "should take around 10 hours to complete if you try to beat every challenge in the game." I wonder if the writer actually knows this from beating the pc version or is it part of the developer's description? I bought the game anyways but I really wish TA would is know if that's a developer description.

      • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

        I guess its all about perception. They could have just sold a full game for $5.99 and i probably would have hesitently bought it and would have been happy in the end. The way it is now it makes it seem like your paying $3 an hour with no real replay value once all is solved.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Finished the 10 levels all golds in about 20 minutes. Not sure im liking the "buy 10 more levels" deal... You do the math.

    Otherwise a nice game.

    • Deewin

      "should take around 10 hours to complete if you try to beat every challenge in the game." I wonder if the writer actually knows this from beating the pc version or is it part of the developer's description? I bought the game anyways but I really wish TA would is know if that's a developer description.

      • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

        I guess its all about perception. They could have just sold a full game for $5.99 and i probably would have hesitently bought it and would have been happy in the end. The way it is now it makes it seem like your paying $3 an hour with no real replay value once all is solved.

  • Symbolist

    Would have bought the full game.

    • SalsaMD

      you can do so. Just buy all of the DLC.

      • Symbolist

        Taking money for the tutorial crosses the line for me.

      • Symbolist

        Bought the complete DLC. Was way too weak to resist :.D
        Such a wonderful game!

    • mat

      +1

      this is really nasty!!
      it's just too much paqying for the "light version"

    • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

      Exactly, I'd rather have the easiest first 10 levels free, plus maybe one or 2 of the cruel ones and then pay 5$ for the full game. Looks awesome either way, I just hate microtransactions.

      • starmonkey101

        OMG! this is EXACTLY was i was saying in the forum, but everyone was bashing me for being "cheap" gosh!

  • Symbolist

    Would have bought the full game.

    • SalsaMD

      you can do so. Just buy all of the DLC.

      • Symbolist

        Taking money for the tutorial crosses the line for me.

      • Symbolist

        Bought the complete DLC. Was way too weak to resist :.D
        Such a wonderful game!

    • mat

      +1

      this is really nasty!!
      it's just too much paqying for the "light version"

    • http://www.allan-lee.com Allan

      Exactly, I'd rather have the easiest first 10 levels free, plus maybe one or 2 of the cruel ones and then pay 5$ for the full game. Looks awesome either way, I just hate microtransactions.

      • starmonkey101

        OMG! this is EXACTLY was i was saying in the forum, but everyone was bashing me for being "cheap" gosh!

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  • iPodgamer123

    Hmm- I highly recommend to try out the PC demo first. While there may be a promising concept at first glance, at its core it's slider puzzles with bells and whistles and time pressure. And I still have to find the app to convince me to spend money on in app purchases. Make the first 10 levels a free demo and the rest as one full game, not this bit-by-bit stuff.

  • iPodgamer123

    Hmm- I highly recommend to try out the PC demo first. While there may be a promising concept at first glance, at its core it's slider puzzles with bells and whistles and time pressure. And I still have to find the app to convince me to spend money on in app purchases. Make the first 10 levels a free demo and the rest as one full game, not this bit-by-bit stuff.

  • Jas

    Not happy with he DLC model at all.

    So those who have an iPhone + iPod Touch (and soon perhaps iPad) will have to buy the DLC three times!

    • Yetea

      What planet are you on? DLC is at worst re-downloadable, you'll never nee dto buy it again.

      • Jas

        Clearly a different planet from you!

        DLC is device specific!

  • Jas

    Not happy with he DLC model at all.

    So those who have an iPhone + iPod Touch (and soon perhaps iPad) will have to buy the DLC three times!

    • Yetea

      What planet are you on? DLC is at worst re-downloadable, you'll never nee dto buy it again.

      • Jas

        Clearly a different planet from you!

        DLC is device specific!

  • Imon

    Sadly, the graphics seem to be quite unpolished - no 3gs quality at all (shaders, jaggyness) - Toy Mechanic (even though not being perfect in this aspect too) has better visuals, in my opinion + optimalization is not great either (fps are deffinately not as high to be considered absolutely fluent).

    All of this is sad, annoying and dissapointing in a way... Such a good game, such a bad example of "taking care"..

    • MrMuesli

      Except that according to some reviews Toy Mechanics is too easy. Nice looking but easy is definitely the wrong way round for me. I'm enjoying the challenge of Cogs and honestly think it looks pretty darn good too...

  • Imon

    Sadly, the graphics seem to be quite unpolished - no 3gs quality at all (shaders, jaggyness) - Toy Mechanic (even though not being perfect in this aspect too) has better visuals, in my opinion + optimalization is not great either (fps are deffinately not as high to be considered absolutely fluent).

    All of this is sad, annoying and dissapointing in a way... Such a good game, such a bad example of "taking care"..

    • MrMuesli

      Except that according to some reviews Toy Mechanics is too easy. Nice looking but easy is definitely the wrong way round for me. I'm enjoying the challenge of Cogs and honestly think it looks pretty darn good too...

  • Yetea

    In all honesty, I don't trust Blake one bit when it comes to puzzle games.

    Rebounce, anyone?

    • Symbolist

      Blake is completely right. It is a great game! Controls work fine. Beautiful in design and functionality. Everything polished. Professional piece of work. But you need the first pack of DLC at minimum - cause the standard version consists of ten levels of rather easy structure and takes not very long to complete; less than twenty minutes in my case. Those easy levels are part of the tutorial, thats why. The DLC is of better quality in terms of complication. If You are into puzzles this game is a must; it is the new standard of its kind. If You are buying all thge levelpacks (like I did) You will have paid a cheap price for a wonderful game!

    • MidianGTX

      Rebounce was awesome.

  • Yetea

    In all honesty, I don't trust Blake one bit when it comes to puzzle games.

    Rebounce, anyone?

    • Symbolist

      Blake is completely right. It is a great game! Controls work fine. Beautiful in design and functionality. Everything polished. Professional piece of work. But you need the first pack of DLC at minimum - cause the standard version consists of ten levels of rather easy structure and takes not very long to complete; less than twenty minutes in my case. Those easy levels are part of the tutorial, thats why. The DLC is of better quality in terms of complication. If You are into puzzles this game is a must; it is the new standard of its kind. If You are buying all thge levelpacks (like I did) You will have paid a cheap price for a wonderful game!

    • MidianGTX

      Rebounce was awesome.

  • Mark

    oh my god i cant believe the amount of bitching that goes on in these forums, its such a turn off.. people complaining about having to spend 99cents, its ridiculous, are you this much of a pain in the arse in real life too?
    For anyone into puzzle games this game is a very safe and very worthwhile purchase, it has great graphics, wonderful high quality sounds and fx, it is relaxing yet challenging at the same time, and very close to the PC version of the game. You can tell they pushed the graphics as much as they could. The great thing is you can just buy the first 10 levels of the game for 99cents and see if you like it. If you get hooked you can pay for more levels, if you dont like it well you just saved $5 by not having to pay for the full game. This is a great game, try the PC demo, if you like it, definitely get this and dont listen to any of these sour people on the forums!

    • Symbolist

      Hope You are not the developer.

      • Mark

        no i am not but i know a good thing when i see it, i have played the PC version of this and have been waiting for the iphone version to come out, i genuinely love this game and to see it ripped to shreds on here is very upsetting... and its all because some idiots are too cheap to pay $1!!!!!!!!!!

    • Symbolist

      Do You think You make more people buying this game by making insulting comments?
      Do You understand how badly you bring down this games reception with your aggressive and premature behavior?

      • Jas

        Agreed, Mark comes across like a schoolground bully unable to accept that others have different points of view. Get a grip Mark.

  • Mark

    oh my god i cant believe the amount of bitching that goes on in these forums, its such a turn off.. people complaining about having to spend 99cents, its ridiculous, are you this much of a pain in the arse in real life too?
    For anyone into puzzle games this game is a very safe and very worthwhile purchase, it has great graphics, wonderful high quality sounds and fx, it is relaxing yet challenging at the same time, and very close to the PC version of the game. You can tell they pushed the graphics as much as they could. The great thing is you can just buy the first 10 levels of the game for 99cents and see if you like it. If you get hooked you can pay for more levels, if you dont like it well you just saved $5 by not having to pay for the full game. This is a great game, try the PC demo, if you like it, definitely get this and dont listen to any of these sour people on the forums!

    • Symbolist

      Hope You are not the developer.

      • Mark

        no i am not but i know a good thing when i see it, i have played the PC version of this and have been waiting for the iphone version to come out, i genuinely love this game and to see it ripped to shreds on here is very upsetting... and its all because some idiots are too cheap to pay $1!!!!!!!!!!

    • Symbolist

      Do You think You make more people buying this game by making insulting comments?
      Do You understand how badly you bring down this games reception with your aggressive and premature behavior?

      • Jas

        Agreed, Mark comes across like a schoolground bully unable to accept that others have different points of view. Get a grip Mark.

  • Greg K

    I agree that the graphics could use more polish... but I love the game regardless. For 99 cents I thought I'd give it a go... but now I'm addicted. It's a great game, and I'll be downloading all the DLC asap.

  • Greg K

    I agree that the graphics could use more polish... but I love the game regardless. For 99 cents I thought I'd give it a go... but now I'm addicted. It's a great game, and I'll be downloading all the DLC asap.

  • http://www.marketing-alchemy.com Seamus L.

    "oh my god i cant believe the amount of bitching that goes on in these forums, its such a turn off.. people complaining about having to spend 99cents, its ridiculous, are you this much of a pain in the arse in real life too?"

    Nicely said, Mark.

    And to people complaining about his remarks --- maybe it would do good for a few people to get a jolt of a blunt remark. So they'd think, "Wow, you know what --- he's right. Here I am whining and complaining about a couple of bucks. I gotta get some perspective."

    It boggles my mind too, the amount of complaining all over forums and iTunes about this. The amount of it is staggering. Sometimes going so far as to say, "99c is too much. This should be free." Ridiculous nonsense!!!!!

  • http://www.marketing-alchemy.com Seamus L.

    "oh my god i cant believe the amount of bitching that goes on in these forums, its such a turn off.. people complaining about having to spend 99cents, its ridiculous, are you this much of a pain in the arse in real life too?"

    Nicely said, Mark.

    And to people complaining about his remarks --- maybe it would do good for a few people to get a jolt of a blunt remark. So they'd think, "Wow, you know what --- he's right. Here I am whining and complaining about a couple of bucks. I gotta get some perspective."

    It boggles my mind too, the amount of complaining all over forums and iTunes about this. The amount of it is staggering. Sometimes going so far as to say, "99c is too much. This should be free." Ridiculous nonsense!!!!!

  • Shane

    This game is awsome!!! All of you whining about the in-app purchases need to cram it. So what if you have to make 5 seperate payments. Some people might not want all 50 levels. If you don't want all 50 levels then you don't have to pay fir all 50 levels. No matter how you look at it this game is well worth the $5 or however much you decide to buy. I think it's a great way to sell the level packs. So for all you cry babies I say if you don't like go play something else. You giving this game a bad rep over something stupid. It's funny you think the game sucks but you can't find anything bad to say about except for the way the in-app purchase is used. If you want a great puzzle game that is well worth the money and has great replay value, this is it!!

  • Shane

    This game is awsome!!! All of you whining about the in-app purchases need to cram it. So what if you have to make 5 seperate payments. Some people might not want all 50 levels. If you don't want all 50 levels then you don't have to pay fir all 50 levels. No matter how you look at it this game is well worth the $5 or however much you decide to buy. I think it's a great way to sell the level packs. So for all you cry babies I say if you don't like go play something else. You giving this game a bad rep over something stupid. It's funny you think the game sucks but you can't find anything bad to say about except for the way the in-app purchase is used. If you want a great puzzle game that is well worth the money and has great replay value, this is it!!