Indie Corner: Energy Balance

Welcome to our review of Energy Balance, a very feisty puzzle game that has your brain run at full speed!

During a mission, your spaceship encounters an unknown anomaly and all systems fail. You have to balance the energy in order to get them running again and to get home safely.


Energy Balance is a number puzzle. You have to swap power units in such a way that their sums form correct chains both vertically and horizontally. The game is easy to learn, but very hard to master. So, are you ready to peep under the hood of an alien spaceship?


So far the official introduction, the game itself is quite basic with awesome graphics in between. But basically, this is a basic maths idea in a very surrealistic decor. It is also very hard!

The tutorial is basically just 1 screen which I included below and despite the simplicity portrait, it is all you need to know, but a small “trial” level would have been a very welcome addition. You are basically thrown into the game without any pointers or hints on how to play this game, you are basically on your own…


While the first few levels are not that hard, it does pack quite a punch and as you progress, you slowly learn tricks to manipulate this small math-based puzzle game. It literally gets harder every level too and to be blunt, I will not keep playing this game, I think it is too hard and well, with the big amount of awesome games out there, I doubt this one will get a lot of my free time. I would have loved a more spread out difficulty level and not just the instant pain you often encounter. Sure, you start off by one row or column and slowly but surely work towards the final goal. It is just not always clear where your problem is and certain levels can cause serious headaches.


The big upside to this game, by far even, the joy of finishing a level by skill and not by luck. That feeling, it’s damn near impossible to describe. It’s a real high, especially in the later levels!


In conclusion, this game is more for the advanced player and in my humble opinion, not for the casual gamer, though its low price point might make it an easy pickup! It is hard though and it provides quite the challenge if you are up for it, really do go for it! Part of me would want this game on mobile for the occasional session when I am stuck in a waiting room or so, but yeah…

My rating is set at 60%