Perfect Balance 3
Perfect Balance 3
Balance: it's a pretty hard thing to achieve in all aspects of life and living in general. Emotional balance, balance between work and play, and balance between friends and family, all difficult to maintain and all part of what defines out character. You don't have to have a particular kind of character to engage in the other kind of balancing however. The other kind of balance is physical balance, though not in reference to standing up straight but to the highly entertaining genre of balance games.
There's a reason that balancing items is so satisfying: the idea is hugely simple yet the satisfaction is quite substantial when it is achieved. Games of Jenga can be fun, but if you're after a more modern balancing challenge, Perfect Balance 3 should be the first place you turn, even before its predecessors as well. Why is this? Well, a process of refinement and increasing perfection has been unfolding since the original, and by this third title, what you have is one of the best balance games out there which funnily enough gets the balance just right.
If you have played Jenga before, then the concept of Perfect Balance 3 shouldn't be alien to you. Like all great balance games, the concept is kept simple with a very basic brief: to balance the provided shapes so that they remain on screen for a minimum amount of time in their final structure. All you need to do is use the mouse to place the shapes and the A/D keys to rotate the shapes at your discretion. If you topple the shapes, you don't get top pass the level, and if you manage to balance them, you do. It's so simplethat one would wonder why it's entertaining at all, that is if the game wasn't so well put-together and finished with some impressive touches and additional rewards to strive for with view to making things that much more interesting. These touches make it superior to most other standard balance/puzzle games out there of the ilk of, for example, StickyLinky.
The format of Perfect Balance is also similar to your standard puzzle games, with five different level packs to choose from, each of these containing twelve increasingly difficult levels. The fun doesn't stop at simply stacking various shapes and moving on however: this is where a few of these aforementioned touches and flourishes specific to the Perfect Balance series come in. The most noticeable of these nuances is the fact that in addition to the regular awkward shapes that obey regular physics, there are a few special kinds that behave a little differently. You'll encounter floating shapes, dense shapes that fall with great speed,directional shapes which move in a direction that you determine, and also shapes that are subject to gravity as soon as you click and release them.
Completely unique to Perfect Balance 3 in particular is the introduction of gems. Once you have stacked all of the shapes given to you at the beginning of a level, a row of gems will appear at the top of the screen. These gems can be placed on top of your existing structure just like any other shape, but balancing them well can earn your bonus points. These gems are also a clever way of unlocking new level packs.
The visual touches are also noticeable with Perfect Balance 3. This is as far from your basic flash game as you could possibly imagine, with a distressed-texture background adding to the 3D feel, a variety of well-designed shapes that are both challenging and entertaining to balance, and an enclosed playing area in the style of a game from this game's sister genre (stacking games), Tetris. To top it all off, you've got some tense music underlying the whole thing and some pretty life-like physics underpinning the experience. It's more of a level pack than a true sequel, but this can't be held against it: as far as balance games go, this is one of the best.