Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap ($10 or less) game.
Want to see me panic? Ask me to decorate a room, hang some artwork, or park a car in a tight spot. My spatial reasoning skills are the pits. So unsurprisingly, Sokoban-style sliding block puzzles are not normally my jam. Crates are for taking cover or hiding medikits, not shoving around. And yet somehow, Corrypt got its pushy little mitts all over me, transforming the genre into an atmospheric adventure that encourages exploration instead of frustration.
That isn’t to say it’s not frustrating. Holy hell, some of these puzzles are tough. Corrypt ramps up the brain-melt factor by throwing in an additional twist: Not only does your toadstool-headed character push blocks around, he pulls them as well. Touch one and it fuses to you like a magnet, shifting other boxes along with it. Suddenly, wide open passages that looked easy become arrow-key-mashing exercises in getting out of your own way.
Hair-pulling aside, Corrypt is a pleasure. It’s a challenging mind-bender, enhanced by its clean layout and creepy subterranean vibe. Plus, you don’t have to worry about clipping some dude’s side mirror.