Do you think you're pretty smart, do you? Smart enough to out-wizard McDuffin, the greatest mage in the Western Kingdoms? He's been having a little bit of difficulty with his experiments at transmitting spells over long distances.
As every student of life knows, there are three types of matter: reading matter, doesn't matter and old grey matter. Unfortunately it is in the department of the latter that the old wizard is deficient - he needs someone to help direct his spell casting activities.
Spell-casting over long distances can be a bit tricky, as we all know. No sooner have you conjured and impressive maelstrom of magic to defeat a rival at a neighbouring castle, than it runs into some itinerant gnome twixt A and B and spends its force.
Now, it is widely held that spells travel in a straight line, rather like a beam of light. The corollory to this is that a beam of spell can be redirected by means of mirrors and so forth. This is what the old wizard is set to test.
Setting up an elaborate array of mirror-
Some obstructions are to be negotiated, like the polarisers which allows spells to pass through at one angle only, whereas some are to be completely avoided, like the odd bomb lying around the place. It is also to be appreciated that feedback is highly undesirable because the old duffer-
Other things to watch out for are walls of ice, amoebas, prisms and evil gnomes who have an appetite for cauldrons. Extra fuel can be picked up - old McDuffin can't keep churning out forever without assistance.
The puzzles get progressively harder, up to level 50, after which point you are expected to design your own. They vary in style from being mad dashes against time to the sort of logical enigma that could even perplex a reviewer.
The more cunning of you will have already noticed that this is in fact the sequel to Deflektor, dressed up with a bit of Pratchett.
Graphically it is a lot more cute and friendly, with some nice animated touches, though with a game such as this, frills mean very little when the old cogs of cognition are revolving. The puzzle is all. In that respect Mindbender excels.