Category Archives: Puzzle

While the last open-world puzzle adventure I reviewed had the torches and pitchforks out for me, I do love the concept of like, a Metroidvania style puzzle-adventure. Take Pan-Pan [$3.99], a weird little game that has you crash-landing on a strange planet. The parts of your ship that can be used by your crew to repair your jalopy and get back into flying are scattered all about. So, you have to set out and discover just what's going on, solving weird puzzles along the way in an open world. It's a game that is rather charming, and can be a bit frustrating due to some design decisions, but it's a fun experience to check out...

I must have played billiards a hundred times as a kid before I truly understood what it was about. The mathematical calculations that go into each shot, the finesse and nuance involved, it blew past me while I was hitting a fun looking ball with a stick. Like a lot of sports the finer points were actually taught to me by way of video games, which highlighted the trajectory of the cue and where it would bank. It was an enlightening experience for sure, and one that I would apply to countless amounts of real life and digital games over the course of my lifetime.Incidence [$1.99] might look artsy, but at its heart it's basically a fancy version of pool or mini golf...




Puzzle Strategy Hybrid 'Ticket to Earth' Riding to the App Store on March 15th

Almost exactly a year ago to this day, we first experienced Robot Circus's interesting puzzle and turn-based strategy mash up Ticket to Earth at GDC 2016, and while the game was still in a relatively early stage, the promise of this unique amalgamation of mechanics was clear to see. While its tentative release date of late 2016 came and went, a later showing at PAX Australia in November got us particularly excited after a substantial year of development under its belt. After much fervent anticipation, Ticket to Earth is finally launching this Wednesday, and has a brand new release trailer that showcases the inventive gameplay elements and futuristic sci-fi setting in action...

This one's for all the Barbie fans out there, both those who flaunt it and those who hide it. As part of Barbie's 58th birthday celebration, Mattel has just released Barbie Sparkle Blast [Free], a game that combines your typical match-3 gameplay with the ability to dress Barbie to your liking. The coins you earn when playing the match-3 part of the game can be used to unlock and collect outfits, which is a good way of drawing in players interested in different things. The outfits aren't just cosmetic; each of them has power-ups that affect the match-3 part of the game, which is a cool gameplay loop...

Video games are the best form of artwork there is, because the unique aspects of the form create for interesting works. Like, Milkmaid of the Milky Way [$3.99]. It's a point-and-click puzzle adventure by solo developer Mattis Folkstead that pays homages to the initial heyday of the genre in the 1990s. And he does so in a game about a milkmaid in 1920s Norway that has to save her cows from aliens. While all the dialogue is written in rhyme. Oh, and the story has a certain melancholy to the whole affair, about time passing and losing loved ones. Also, you ride a hoverbike. Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a unique affair...

The Room series is one of the most prestigious and well-loved franchises on the App Store to date, as Fireproof Games' meticulous and mysterious approach to the puzzle genre is perfectly suited to mobile devices, and puts an emphasis on premium, quality experiences that truly are one of a kind. While The Room 3 [$4.99] released back in 2015 to universal critical acclaim, Fireproof have been particularly quiet about their future projects and what they may be working on next. Thankfully, we have finally got an answer - the Guildford based developers today confirmed that their next game, titled The Room: Old Sins, is set to launch on mobile in late 2017...

I'm still not fully sure what to make of Strange Telephone [$3.99], a surreal adventure game from Japanese indie developer Yuta Yamamoto. I had a chance to speak to the developer several months ago, and he told me that he was inspired by the now-classic Japanese indie game Yume Nikki. Even if he hadn't directly said so, though, the connections are obvious. This is an odd adventure game about a young girl exploring what appears to be a bizarre dimension where nothing really makes much sense. Boiled down to its essence, this is a point and click adventure that throws in both a random component and a limited amount of moves to solve everything. The presentation makes it more than that, but only just...

'Hidden Folks' Review - Seek This Game Out

While Game Oven Studios, the collection of maniacs behind Fingle [$1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], Bam Fu [$0.99 / Free], Bounden [$2.99], and Jelly Reef [$0.99], is no more, developer Adriaan de Jongh is still out there making games. And he's back with another fantastic and unique experience that you have to try. Hidden Folks [$3.99] is a collaboration between him and illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg that takes a very simple concept of being a "Where's Waldo" game. Then it makes everything happen in a monochromatic world, with huge canvases to explore as folks wander around, and you have to find a certain bunch of these folks. It's a simple idea, but the work that the team behind the game has done with the art, sound, and playability, makes this a fantastic experience. ..

UnWorded [$3.99], an imaginative narrative game where everything is built from actual letters, has finally moved from iTunes to Android today. The game takes a dive into the damaged brain of a writer and lets players uncover his creative world. In terms of mechanics, the game is all about taking letters and punctuation signs and arranging them into objects that are connected to the ongoing narrative. You'll have to let your imagination free and try and figure out how words can mean more than just their dictionary definition. Pretty much my cup of tea...

'Causality' Review - Destroying Your Brain and The Space-Time Continuum

Is your brain working properly? Are things in the world making too much sense? If you answered yes to these questions, and you desire that your brain be thrown into the washing machine, and then crushed with a hammer, then Causality [$1.99] is the game for you. It's a puzzle game for people who like their games to make sense...kinda, sorta. It's a fun game, but one that will threaten your sense of perception and time...

'Slayaway Camp' Review - A Killer Puzzler

The first thing that drew my attention to Slayaway Camp [$2.99] was the horror theme. Designed as a pastiche of 1980s horror in all its cheesy glory, combined with a voxel look that allowed for some gory slasher action with a comical feel. And then the game released on Steam first. After some work to make the game acceptable for Apple, we finally have Slayaway Camp on mobile, and what I found wasn't just a game that was over-the-top in gore and humor. I also found a great sliding puzzle game, that also managed to integrate its theme in a masterful way. This is a game that's fun to play and experience the little world it has created...

Have you ever had a great idea for a game, and could see no reason why it wouldn't work? Ask anyone who has to turn ideas into reality, it doesn't always work out that way. Ideas that work on paper aren't as viable in real-life. Songs that sound good when you hum them don't have the same feeling when you play them on an instrument. Even for a writer, I've had ideas for articles that didn't work out because the ideas I had in my head didn't quite work out on paper. Now, sometimes these ideas still get pursued to completion. I'm not going to put words in Cobra Mobile's mouth as to Red's Kingdom [$2.99], but it certainly feels like an idea that someone had that was really cool, and I liked it too! Combine sliding puzzles with a Zelda-style adventure with upgrades to collect? Sounds like it has potential! But at least for myself, and in this particular format, it does not work...

Square Enix's GO Trilogy, which includes Lara Croft, Deus Ex, and Hitman, offers some of the best puzzles on the App Store while also leveraging three famous franchises, and now the trilogy is on sale for 2 bucks. This is a great opportunity to either buy all three of the games, if for some very weird reason you haven't bought at least one of them up until now, or just patch any holes in your collection. If you do own at least one of the games, you can get the other ones for very, very cheap, and you definitely should...

Good news, with Valentine's Day about to roll around, there's a game with heart just for you. And by heart, I mean hearts getting ripped out. Slayaway Camp [$2.99] has released worldwide on mobile after its PC release. There were some worries that the game wouldn't release due to Apple regulations, but those got cleared up (not calling the victims in the game "teens" in the horror movie tradition is one of the key changes), but I assure you: the game is still full of slasher action. Seriously, this game is incredibly gory, though you can customize some of it through the options. There's even a slider for how many sliders you have available, no joke...

Last week a very interesting-looking puzzle game coming to Steam caught our eye, and through a little bit of digging we were very happy to learn it was destined for mobile as well. Best of all is that the wait was incredibly short as just this morning that game, Causality [$1.99] from developer Loju, landed on the App Store. Causality is about guiding a group of stranded astronauts to safety using directional cues, portals, and time manipulation. Messing around with time is tricky though, and you'll actually need to utilize your past selves in order to solve all the puzzles in Causality. Check out the trailer...

TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month January 2017: 'Red's Kingdom'

While the TouchArcade staff attempt to draw attention to what we perceive as the most noteworthy titles in our Game of the Week feature, the sheer quantity of releases mean that often our views contrast greatly against those of the awesome mobile gaming community that resides on our forums. Although there is occasionally a common ground reached - such as Crashlands being both the forums' Game of the Year, as well as the official TouchArcade award winner - this isn't always the case, and the excellent Game of the Week and Game of the Month voting polls, which are organised entirely by members of our community, allow readers to have their own say on what releases really resonated with them. Thanks to the hard work of long-time community legend Andy C83, and his efforts in relaunching the awards series for 2017, we have our first official TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month for January - congratulations Red's Kingdom [$2.99]!..

Classic Reload: 'World of Goo HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we goo what we want. Each month, we take a look at a classic game from the annals of iOS history to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the King Slime, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know by posting in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list for future consideration...

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so a game with the name Candy Crush Saga [Free] couldn't stay away from a season all about having a crush. So, in celebration of the day of buying expensive gifts for your better half, Candy Crush will run an event called Cupid's Challenge, which will be live from February 10th to 15th and February 17th to 21st. What's extra fun about this event is that it's the first time Candy Crush players will get to compete against other players, which sounds like fun to me. During Cupid's Challenge, you'll have to help Dexter the Whale, who has donned a Cupid costume, collect 10 Striped Candies and win a Lollipop Hammer...

'Splitter Critters' Review - Splitting the Difference

'Splitter Critters' Review - Splitting the Difference

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February 7th, 2017 10:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Splitter Critters [$2.99] is a cute Lemmings-style puzzle game with a clever gimmick and a gentle difficulty curve. From the developers behind the intriguing Dark Echo [$1.99], this game sees you trying to help adorable little aliens reach their UFO and escape each stage. They'll move around on their own, with each type exhibiting slightly different behaviors, so you'll have to herd them to where they need to go. Your only means of doing that particular task is by tearing the screen in half with a swipe and moving the pieces to create a path to the goal. As you progress into the later stages, you'll often need to slice the world into pieces a few times to get things where you want them. Since you're limited to three cuts at any given time, the stages aren't meant to get too complicated, making this a pretty enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels...

3 Sprockets' Upcoming Endless Driller 'Digby Forever' Gets an Explosive New Animated Trailer

I'm a big fan of 3 Sprockets, as their work on App Store classic Pac-Man 256 [Free] and the beautiful minimalist puzzler Outfolded [Free] exemplifies their dedication to quality, well thought out experiences on mobile devices. As a result, when I first saw the announcement of Digby Forever, I was instantly smitten. Combining the evocative nostalgia of games such as Mr. Driller with a modern intensity perfectly suited to the iPhone - all the while retaining 3 Sprockets' elite production values - is an incredibly compelling mix, and with a February 16th release date set in stone, there isn't too much longer to wait for any drilling devotees to try out this newest digging game. To help us get through the two weeks of impatient anticipation, the developers have today released a brand new animated trailer for Digby Forever, which goes some way in encapsulating the charm and character within the game...

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