Title Deflektor Game Type Puzzle Publisher Prism Players 1 Compatibility OCS (WHDLoad patch available) HD Installable No (WHDLoad patch available) Submission Tom Waddington (email@example.com) Review Deflektor is one of the oldest, creakiest-looking, sub-Atari ST ports that the Amiga has ever seen. It looks almost identical to the C64 version, it's full of the kind of metallic graphics that were popular in the days of Red Sector Demo Maker and the sound is pitiful. Fortunately, the presentation doesn't get in the way of the gameplay. The idea is to rotate various mirrors scattered across the screen so that a beam of light is deflected from the starting point to the end point before your energy runs out. There are walls and various other objects which hinder this task and other objects that the beam has to cross for the level to be complete. Now, normally I hate puzzle games, particularly games like this that at first glance seem too overcomplicated to be enjoyable. After all, the best puzzlers (Tetris, Atomino, Puzznic and so on) gain much of their playability from the myriad possiblities that can be created from a handful of easily understood concepts. A game like Deflektor, which constantly throws up new things for you to deal with, would appear to have messed with that formula too much. Thankfully, that is not the case. The game has been well thought out, so that each puzzle is made up of many smaller puzzles (in much the same way as Lemmings, say). This means that you have a constant sense of achievement even within a single level as you get that bit closer to directing your beam towards the goal. Of course, on later levels what you think is the next task often takes you in the wrong direction, encouraging lateral thinking. Rather than overcomplicating the game, the occasional new element has you bouncing your beam off it just out of curiosity, then trying to fit its behaviour into your strategy. The early levels are simple, but challenging enough to whet your appetite and before you know it you're addicted. Best of all, since I bought it as a re-release on the Prism Pocket Power label, it only cost 2.99. I've bought PD games that cost more than that. Fantastically addictive and a bargain into the, er, bargain. Admittedly, Deflektor is no Tetris or Gem'X but it's a damn fine little puzzler none the less.