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Thursday 3 April 2014

CLARC review - Captivating Puzzle Game with Partying Robots!

As a reviewer I have a unique chance to play great games that I would normally miss. And I am glad that CLARC was submitted for review by its makers from GoldenTricycle, because it's absolutely awesome.

CLARC is a puzzle game about a little robot (called CLARC) that can pick up and move boxes around using a tractor beam. The description makes it sound very easy. But soon you will realize that this game will stretch your brain to the max.

The puzzles are smart and the difficulty increases exactly at the right pace. First your task is to simply move a box from A to B, then you need to maneuver yourself into a narrow passage while carrying the box...

... and soon you find yourself between killer beams keeping an eye on a small drone being carried away by a conveyor belt trying not to get yourself or the drone killed!

There are 25 levels and around 100 puzzles to beat and I am sure it will take plenty of time to complete them all. The setting changes from a factory through Martian landscape to an alien ship. And I must say it all looks beautiful.

CLARC is a 3D game in a cool cartoonish style which suits the game just right. Each character has a detailed model and there are many of them. The main character is very cute. Not just because how it looks but how it behaves and talks. CLARC is simply lovable. It reminds me of Wall-E or Number 5.

And that's another thing, most of the characters in the game have their own personalities and you can interact with them in many ways. There's plenty of dialogues and witty humor which makes the game both fun and funny. You will meet sexy missiles...

... drunken lazy robots that party all the time...

... and many other characters.

CLARC soundtrack is amazing. The music changes according to the environment from a non-intrusive tune when you are alone to a funky robot disco when you enter the party area.

Controls are very well designed, too, and soon they feel very natural. The fact that the robot can move in all four directions by strafing and rotate at the same time is actually an important puzzle element!


CLARC is one of the best puzzle games I had a chance to play and probably the best on Android. It's smart, witty, funny and it looks and sounds great. The game was also nominated for awards in two categories by Deutscher Computerspielpreis 2014 (German Computer Game Awards) and rightfully so. CLARC is not free, but it's definitely worth the money. There is a demo with an in-app purchase that contains three regular and one bonus level, so you can try first and pay only if you like the game without losing your progress.

Google Play store link:
Full version
Demo with in-app purchase

Martin Varga is a Czech software developer who likes pygmy owls (hence Kulíš), running, ramen, travelling and living in foreign countries. He is also known as smartus or sm4 on the internet (read as smartass, but there are too many of them). He currently tries to make games in AndEngine like Mr. Dandelion's Adventures and hangs around a lot at the AndEngine forums.