1000 Amps – The Brief

Time to get amped! (Just watch the voltage)

You are a plug. Not an innie, but an outie. Although more accurately, you might be an inside-out outie. Navigating a charming black and white world, it is your duty to turn on all the lights and defeat the evil chap who turned them all off in the first place. Charging these lights gives you power, and with this power you can save the world… or at least make it a brighter place.

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This black and white game is at its heart a simple puzzle platformer. It is one where death is not something that you fear, and the worst enemies can do (until the final boss) is knock your lights out. As you progress through the game you encounter various utility unlocks which give you help while moving through the maze.

One of the more obvious things about the dark, is that you need light to see through it. When you first enter every room they are pitch black, only by interacting with the walls, floors and ceilings will you discover their presence or absence. The map is a maze. There are a whole heap of rooms and getting the lights on in all of them is no small challenge. The lights give you extra power, within their local vicinity, allowing you to jump higher or teleport. These, combined with the unlocks, expand the map and your progress to the only boss.


This mismatch of various puzzle elements combined with the fantastic art style makes this a really enjoyable game to play. I did not expect to play through the entire thing a two sittings… but I did. It is suitably challenging with a well balanced difficulty curve. It was well worth my time.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...