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      It seems to me that one of the fastest growing segment of games is puzzle games.  Everything from hidden object, match three to more trickier games are starting to come out more regularly for consoles.  Final Boss Games has just released a puzzle game with a touch of platforming tossed in called VESTA.


    You play as Vesta, a plucky, bright 6-year old who lives in a desolate underground maze – the ruins of a once bright city inhabited by humans and machines.  Humans vacated the facility over a hundred years ago and now Vesta is venturing from the depths of the facility to visit M.U.M. – the computer that runs the complex.  Accompanying you on your journey are Droid - a large droid for fighting and heavy lighting and BOT – a floating computer screen that doles out information at the start of each level.


      As you begin to travel through the 1st level you realize the facility is starting to fall apart.  Doors don’t have power, platforms don’t work, and terminals are on the fritz.  For you to make it through you are going to have to grab energy from canisters where it is no longer needed and transfer it to more vital systems.  The further you get, the more items will require power and you will have to switch between Vesta and Droid to complete puzzles.


      There are 4 chapters that you must work through, each consisting of 8 levels followed by a boss fight.  As you progress the puzzles get a lot more difficult and may require a few tries to get them right.  Not only will you have to solve the puzzles, but there are also up to 5 secrets hidden on each level – except boss levels of course – for you to find.  Some of the secrets take you out of your way just for a little something extra toward full completion.  Luckily if you die, the secrets that you have found should stay on your profile. After I completed the 1st chapter I went back to collect all the secrets and saw that the secrets I had found had been lost.  I had to recollect all of them, but since that point things seem to have stuck.  It seems that iffy saves are not an isolated problem.  Hopefully this is an issue that will be fixed with a patch.  


      The graphics in Vesta are beautiful.  Cut scenes are shown in the form of comic books rendered in bright, vivid colors.  In game graphics are fluid and well defined.  Each floor is well designed with interesting lighting, complex dynamic elements and shows a progression as you move through the complex.  Background music is lively enough to draw you in, but not so distracting that it becomes frustrating when you are trying to solve puzzles.


      VESTA is out now for XB1, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.  With a price tag of $14.99, you will more than get your money’s worth out of this title with its thought provoking puzzles mixed with some platforming action.




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