Review / Paradoxion (PC)

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle

This is one of many quotes given after the successful completion of a puzzle in the addictive game Paradoxion for PC. It also happens to be the perfectly chosen quote because this game takes some practice to get the hang of.

Paradoxion by VSBgames is an advanced logic game where the player tries to clear a board of all elements, like orbs and gems, using a limited number of spare elements. Each type of element behaves differently and has to be arranged a specific way to disappear. As the final element is placed to complete a group they all blast. This blast can actually shift adjacent elements which is part of the whole puzzle. You nip away at certain elements, moving others by the blasts into the perfect set up, then arrange a few more pieces to line up a chain reaction of blasts that clear the whole screen.

The puzzles start out easy enough using only a few orb elements. Then, every 10-15 levels, a new element is thrown in and the puzzles increase in difficulty. After all of the elements come into play, there are even “tools” like teleporters and disintegrators that make the puzzles even harder.

Players can expect to stare at the screen for minutes at a time before they even start to move pieces around for a first attempt. If you forget how an element works, just put your the mouse cursor over it and the rules pop up. There is also a helpful tip for each level and all puzzles have an online solution for the stages that completely stump you.

Paradoxion features a cool outer space environment with ambient background music to relax the mind for the challenges ahead. With 90 puzzles, players need to focus. Also, for the true puzzle enthusiast, Paradoxion includes a full level editor to create and share your own creations through the developer’s website.

If it weren’t for the tips, online solutions and the ability to share your own stages online, I’d say this game was just for the puzzle enthusiast; and with a $19.99 price tag (you can also try a demo first, direct link) it still might be. If you really get into logic games though you should check out Paradoxion. Just remember one of the level failure quotes. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett