Jeff Minter’s latest creation, Deflex [$1.99], a psychedelic puzzle game inspired by a previous Llamasoft release for pre-1985 machines like the VIC-20, is now available on the App Store.

As Blake discovered when he got his hands on a pre-release build a couple of weeks back, Deflex isn’t the easiest game in the world to pin down. The goal in each of its 52 levels is to take a ball and ‘absorb’ on-screen objects and characters with it. That's simple, but the core mechanic makes this a trickier task than it appears on paper.

Here's the rub: the ball needs to be controlled like a pinball does in a machine, so you’ll need to put down flippers to propel it into objects. The more flippers you add, though, the more intense and mind-boggling the action gets. Blake spent many a word describing this and the game’s constituent parts, so check the write-up out if you’re interested.

I’m continually fascinated by the ideas and visuals used in Minter’s games, so I’ll be checking this out alongside those of you who choose to dig in now. Also, we’ll be doing more with Deflex in the future, so stay tuned if you’re on the fence.

  • Tino

    Is this one controllable?

    Unlike his last few games...

  • Jeffrey

    Minotron 2112 COULD use an update to address some control issues.  But Minotaur Rescue isn't that bad, though it does take some getting use to.

  • bones boy

    I will purchase any of Jeff's games in order to support his psychedelic vision. But I'm not feeling Deflex so far. Maybe it's because I suck royally at it.

  • Theinty

    Well i like the look of this. I tried his other two games and really didn't think too much of them after all the hype behind him. Retro yes - but enjoyable? Not so much for me.

    This one looks nice and I like the initial sound design here. Its nice how playing the game creates music. The only thing that put me off is that the music never seems to change. To make the game really be something each level should have had a different musical theme and style.

  • Shar

    not feelin this, trippy graphics aside its a boring game.

  • MarcG

    Loving this it has a real chilled out vibe to it.

    But I'm a big fan of their other games too. Control on Rescue is superb with a little effort. Minotron has various options and is a lot of fun.

  • Scottish_usa

    Just downloaded this as I always like llamasoft's quirky retro styled games, this one has a nice ambience to it, definately more relaxing than the other titles.