October 18, 2016
Steam is likely the biggest gaming platform on the market right now. It features thousands of games, some big and some small, which can be purchased and downloaded with ease, and they have been. But in some cases, quality games go unappreciated right when they launch. Fortunately, we’re here to remind you that a good video game can go a long way in unleashing your best ideas.
Security Hole is a great example of this. It is a game designed to make players think, and it’s based on spatial puzzles, focusing on a “cyberpunk story.” In it, players become hackers passing 3D blocks containing computer viruses, and the game mechanics resemble a workout tool for spatial thinking. As one might expect, levels become increasingly harder along the way.
The reason for it’s “ugly duckling” label from Steam is that a lot of gamers like to play and have fun, but they’re not huge fans of having to think a lot when playing. Pacman, Call of Duty, and even intellectual games like Assassin’s Creed rarely require much thought outside of the standard gameplay. This is not the case with Security Hole.
Similar games, like Neuronation or Lumosity, are completely focused on brain activities for spatial reasoning improvement, requiring spatial reasoning skills also known as mental rotation skills. This causes their audience to be on the older side, since they are the ones looking to sharpen their minds, and young children (up to 11) are known to be less proficient in these areas.
The problem is that Security Hole cannot be labeled as a “true brain workout” because, unlike those games, there is not a true team of scientists behind it. These other games already have a solid user base and feature “minimalistic” graphics.
Research carried out during the development of this game shows that children around 8-9 years old found the game interesting, including the difficult levels – something that is not available in most brain teaser games, which they find boring and disengaging. You can get Security Hole on Steam or on Android.
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