If you’re looking for a cheap new puzzle game to dive into indie publisher Eastasiasoft and developer Naoka Games may have the thing for you. Their latest game is called Rayland and it has a simple concept that any puzzle game fan should be able to wrap their head around.
Rayland is a game all about bouncing lasers around to hit their target. There are over 40 levels in the game to play through with the puzzles getting gradually more devious the further you get. There is no real story to speak of presented within the game itself so it’s just you, lasers, and a bunch of mirrors for the most part. Every level will have the laser, various mirrors placed around that you’ll be using to redirect the laser, and things like cubes that you may need to shoot the laser through. The controls are relatively simple too with the right analog stick letting you rotate your view, the X button letting you grab mirrors and move them, and the Circle button letting you rotate them.
With the basics down you’ll play level after level trying to guide the laser to the end point. Not a much changes as you go other than you will end up having more lasers and end points introduced and may even have to combine beams in order to have them shoot in the direction that you want. I did get stumped a few times and there is no in-game help system at all to assist you. I eventually figured the solutions out though and ultimately finished with this game in a short time. There isn’t much to speak of when it comes to the visuals and audio either. The art style is simple and has a futuristic look but you are always looking at a purple grid cubes with lasers and mirrors placed atop them. The same music also plays for pretty much the whole game so there is no variety there either. Trophy hunters will of course find a very easy list of 13 trophies including a Platinum. All you have to do is beat up to 12 different levels to earn them all so not even close to the full game.
Rayland is a perfectly fine puzzle game about bouncing lasers around with mirrors and that’s about it. Many of us have done this same thing in other games and this game doesn’t do anything to set itself apart. If spending a few dollars to do that while earning some easy trophies sounds up your alley than Rayland may be for you.
*Rayland is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.