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Magrunner: Dark Pulse


06-27-2013

Magrunner: Dark Pulse

Unless I've missed most of them, there hasn't exactly been a glut of first-person puzzlers post Portal. Here to help fill that niche is Magrunner: Dark Pulse, a colorful puzzler mechanically centered around magnetism and narratively centered around H.P. Lovecraft's mythical, octopus-faced monster-god Cthulhu.

It begs to be loved. Cthulhu is perhaps more "in" right now than since its inception, particularly among videogame fans that overlap so fluidly with genre fiction and Lovecraft's tales. To developer Frogwares' credit, the almost shrewd amalgamation works surprisingly well at times, yet is rent asunder when the incompatibilities of the written and interactive mediums are exposed. 

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