Author Archives: Nissa Campbell


'Out There' Review - The Lonely Joy of Being Lost in Space

Dying alone in space doesn’t seem so bad now that I’ve played Out There [$3.99] from Mi Clos Studio. I’ve exploded a few times, been stranded without fuel a few dozen and suffocated on at least one occasion. On the way, though… On the way I discovered the mysteries of the universe...

Monster Loves You! [$2.99] is the story of a monster, a story your choices help tell. The first collaboration between Radial Games and Dejobaan Games lets you decide how monsters live their lives: rampaging, caring for each other, or just plain old causing a fuss...

Sure, you love your iOS device. All that inviting metal and glass—who wouldn’t? But do you love your device? Do you want to make it happy? If you do, consider Luxuria Superbia [$3.99], the first iOS release by Tale of Tales...

Out of all the possibilities in time and space, Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] is a gem-matching game. It's the sort of gem-matching game where you don't simply swap gems, you drag them around for a good five seconds leaving as many little matches in your wake as you can. It’s the sort of matching game where you build up a party of characters and match gems to make them fight Daleks and Weeping Angels...

'Duet' Review - Meditating on Deaths

As much as it might punish me for it, I have difficulty putting Duet [$0.99] down. As it did with both Bean's Quest [$1.99] and Time Surfer [$0.99], Kumobius has tapped into a potent combination in its new game, this time exploring simple action, electronic music and death. Quite a bit of the latter...

'Incredipede' Review - This Physics Puzzler Has Legs. So Many Legs.

Quozzle lacks most of what we might call heroic virtues. She hasn't got a body, or even much of a face. She's an eyeball, a few exposed bones and some scraps of flesh and muscle. A monster. But as the hero of Incredipede [$3.99], she has heart. She has tenacity. She has everything you give her. She might not look like a hero, but she'll have you feeling like one...

'Solar Flux HD' iPad Review - Setting Suns on Fire

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August 25th, 2013 12:00 PM EDT by Nissa Campbell in $3.99, 4 stars, Game Center, Games, iPad Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Solar Flux HD [$1.99] sends you off into space, alone on a mission to refuel the many stars of the galaxy. Over the course of 80 levels you go out, leaving the safety of your space station with a gentle slingshot, collect fuel (called flux), and shoot it into dying stars. You keep them from going nova, keep them from collapsing, keep them from burning out...

Travel can be a hassle. A few tacky trinkets and impersonal photos don't always seem worth dealing with airport security, lost baggage and language barriers. But that's nothing compared to what Petey Pendant, hero of Alexander Lading's Sky Tourist [$1.99], goes through for his souvenirs and snapshots...

Running a call center can be hell. If your employees aren't complaining that the toilets are too far away, they're calling in sick. If their computers aren't exploding, the building is decaying around them. And that money you'd saved up to hire a handyman? It's gone to cover salaries and make up for your failure to meet quotas...

'Gentlemen!' iPad Review - Lucky Frame's Field of Honor for Modern Duellists

If there's one thing that proves that society has gone all to pieces in recent centuries, it's how uncivilized we've become with regards to matters of honor. It's almost as though two wealthy landowners of equal social stature can't face each other with rapiers or pistols without it becoming a whole thing, you know?..

We've been collecting coins for a long time—well before the days when they did much of anything, we've been running and jumping and stuffing those shiny gold things in our pockets, rewarding ourselves with their happy little collection noises. ..

Tiny little puzzles make up Block Block Block [Free], a couple hundred of them. None of them take much longer than it takes to describe the game—you just slide blocks into lines of three or more and clear them away. That's it. But it doesn't really need anything else...

'Home' Review - Exploring the Horror of Perception

I can't tell you what your experience of Benjamin Rivers' Home [$2.99] will be like. Not really. It's not exactly a matter of player choice, either. We might both pick up the same gun, visit the same rooms, tap the same spots, but in the end we will discover that our experiences were not the same. Our choices were not just concrete— they are subjective. ..

'Ending' Review - A Rational Roguelike

Ending hits all the right notes. Half of it's a puzzle game, half of it's a roguelike, and either would be fantastic alone. Or, at least, that's mostly true: without the puzzle levels the roguelike may leave you lost, alone and scared. Depends on whether you're into that sort of thing, I suppose...

By all rights a game that's billed as an arcade game, a mathematical puzzle game and a rhythm game all in one probably ought to be a mess. Those don't seem like things that should jive. That's the cool thing about Σ12 (Sigma12) [$0.99] though: it makes it work. Those aren't three separate parts vying for attention, they're one entertaining whole. ..

If you've heard of ustwo as a gamer it's probably thanks to Whale Trail [Free], a psychedelic flier starring the darling Willow the whale. Since that hit in 2011 the studio's been fairly quiet on the game front, focusing its attentions on apps that showcase interaction and user interface design. Now ustwo has returned to the gaming world with Blip Blup [$1.99 / Free], a game that might be even better suited to its specialities...

'Sword & Glory' Review - To Die For Family, Clan or Pieces of Silver

Living for glory kinda went out with dying by the sword: there just isn't much of it in the daily struggle to work a desk job, handle your homework or get your kids in bed on time. Sword & Glory [Free] is an outstanding game that imagines a time when life was all about the struggle to raise yourself and your family for nothing, earn a reputation for great deeds and pass that down through generations. ..

Role-playing games are almost universally about becoming the big damn hero, playing the one central character or party that changes the whole world. No one wants to play the innkeeper, shopkeeper, or that old guy who hangs out in a cave waiting to give the hero his sword. ..

Dig down deep enough and you'll notice that most matching games target the parts of us that want things tidy, want to clear a whole color right off the board or line up all the gems into nice little rows. The game messes things up, and we go about tidying after it. Go Round [Free]toys with this instinct, forcing players to clear out only the things that truly matter...

Rootwork [$1.99] bills itself as a Sophisticated Card Game, but what that means is left open to interpretation. It isn't a deck building game, a collectible card game or even a multiplayer experience. It's a solo game about being lost in the woods and staving off fear while you find your way home...