Circuits Review

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Overview

You’re presented with a tune which has been chopped up into parts. You place the sections in the right order to reconstruct it. The challenge comes from having multiple instruments playing simultaneously so you can either use the layer tool to separate the strands, or try to do it without separation for the Golden Ear achievement.

Difficulty

Two advanced mechanics are introduced: looping, where you repeat single parts or whole sections; switching, where you have to select between a number of set paths – I found this tricky and I admit to using trial and error on a couple of occasions.

I have no musical training but I think I have a good ear. I didn’t find any of it too difficult but it was a comfortable mental workout; the Golden Ear playthrough became quite hard towards the end. I didn’t feel tempted to give in and google solutions at any point, which is always my acid test with puzzle games.

Graphics

Clean visuals; good use of colours to separate the instrument classes; nice logical layout.

Music

It’s all synthesized crap with not a sniff of any guitar. It may be all the rage with the kids these days but it’s not my cup of tea at all – the auto-tuned vocal parts in particular made me want to vomit. All I can say is thank God for the fast-forward option.

Value

25 levels in normal mode and then you can replay for the Golden Ear.

There is also a Composer tool which is integrated with Steam Workshop. There are 400+ projects so plenty of extra content to be had. I was not able to load any of it but the discussion threads are busy so I suspect this is due to me being on Linux.

I would say the full price is about right but I think it will regularly be on sale due to the upcoming Circuits 2 so it might be worth waiting for a price drop.

Steam

5 trading cards (so an easy badge) and 15 achievements, quite respectable.

Verdict

As a puzzle game I recommend it. As a musical experience, not so much, but that’s a matter of personal taste.

Good

  • Decent challenge but not too difficult
  • Something different to tickle your fancy

Bad

  • Music tracks demonstrate everything that's wrong with music these days
7.2

Good