Laser Chambers ($0.99) by James McIlveen is a puzzle game that stars a mad scientist known as Professor Mattalino.
Professor Mattalino has created a potion that is powerful enough to change the world, but it has been stolen by Dr Tuso. The potion is now stored in a secure vault, and the only way break into that vault is to point a powerful laser beam at it.
Your job is to use the tools you have to guide the laser beam towards the vault.
Personally, when I think of puzzle games that involve mad scientists, I think of Cut The Rope. The graphics and sounds used in this app don’t quite match the quality of what you get with Cut The Rope, but the gameplay is just as intuitive and addictive.
You have a set of tools that allow you to control a laser beam. You can drag the tools around the screen, or tap on them to rotate them. To pass a level, you have to point the laser beam towards the exit as fast as you possibly can. The faster you complete the level, the more stars you earn.
Each level has a target completion time, but I found that they became nearly impossible to achieve. You don’t need to hit the targets to pass the levels, but you score more points if you do.
The levels are fairly easy to begin with, but you soon have to deal with bombs and objects that automatically rotate. If you start to struggle, you can use hints. If you’re really having a hard time, you can spend $0.99 on an in-app purchase that lets you skip the level completely.
For a bit of extra humor, there are “scientific anomalies” hidden in boxes throughout the game. They contain things like left handed screwdrivers and lost marbles, and are presented with funny questions or comments.
The puzzles in Laser Chambers are well thought through. Some of them are easily solvable, while others take longer to figure out. Although the app’s design isn’t perfect, Laser Chambers is intuitive, fun, and even addictive.
You can get Laser Chambers for iPad for $0.99 in the App Store.