The Spectrum Retreat is a puzzling game. It’s a puzzle game, sure, and that means solutions are the great reward. But there’s an overarching story that’s slowly unraveled, and answering its mystery is the greatest reward.
The problem is that both parts — all the puzzle stuff and the narrative exposition — are almost mutually exclusive. The puzzles serve as a way to space out the bread crumb trail of clues. They’re obstacles and that’s exactly what puzzles should be. However, the pacing can feel out of sync when the yearning to learn more about this story is overshadowed by the number of brain-teasers left to overcome.