Binaries

Binaries: A Puzzling Platformer That Might Break Your Brain

Do you like challenging platformers? Do you have a lot of patience? Do you love a good puzzle game? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Binaries—from Ant Workshop—might be the perfect game for you. But if you answered “no” at least once, Binaries might not be your cup of tea, especially if you tend to be an impatient gamer.

Binaries is a puzzle platformer that has you controlling not one, but two characters at once. These characters are tiny glowing balls, one orange and one teal. The teal ball is completely safe from all orange perils, and the orange ball is safe from teal perils. For example, the teal ball can coast right over orange spikes, and the orange ball can bump into blue projectiles all day long.

The teal ball is sitting on the orange spikes and is A-OK!
The teal ball is sitting on the orange spikes and is A-OK!

Each level is split into orange and teal parts, and you’ll need to guide both balls safely to “the chequered area.” This will be easy at first, but as you progress, you’ll find yourself dying many times in each level. But don’t worry; the game expects you to die often. After all, your death toll shows up in the upper-right corner of the screen!

Here, we've died 14 times already. (We won't tell you how many times we'd died when we finally quit for a while.)
Here, we’ve died 14 times already. (We won’t tell you how many times we’d died when we finally beat it..)

Binaries knows it’s frustrating; it even jokes about it! (You may or may not appreciate the jokes.) But honestly, Binaries does want you to succeed (we think), even if it takes you forever to do it, and it even gives you tips as you play. In this way, the entire game functions as a sort of tutorial, and you learn new skills as you play new levels.

This game likes to talk to you.
This game likes to talk to you. It also likes to make you laugh. (Binaries certainly made us laugh!)

As you progress, you’ll find yourself quite proud of what you’ve accomplished—but you’ll also face levels that seem almost impossible to beat, and you may very well reach a point where you simply want to give up. But hey, that’s okay—maybe you’ll want to come back to Binaries after you’ve calmed down a bit and learned new skills from other levels. And if you think you never want to look at this game again, you very well may change your mind in the future.

Even when you're mad at this game, it's still quite loveable thanks to its personality.
Even when you’re mad at this game, it’s still quite loveable thanks to its personality.

Also, we should note that you don’t have to beat all the levels in sequence in order to progress in the game. Instead, you get to choose your own path—to a certain extent. You generally have a number levels to pick from at any given time, so if you get stuck, choose to focus on a level that you think you can actually beat.

This shows the game's non-linear progression. Here, there are several levels the player could work on beating.
This shows the game’s non-linear progression. Here, there are several levels the player could work on beating.

Overall, we can’t recommend this game to everyone because we know it’s not something that everyone will enjoy. But again, if you’re patient and up for a challenging puzzler, you really might like it. And even if you don’t like the gameplay, we think everyone can appreciate the game’s sharp, bright visuals; fitting soundscape; and modern, sleek feel. Binaries offers a ton of content for just $9.99, and if it sounds like something you may enjoy, we encourage you to check it out here today!

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