Category Archives: Puzzle

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 EST 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...

Do you like your wrestling matches done using Match-3 mechanics? Then you're in luck because WWE: Champions [Free] has just released globally after a soft-launch period. WWE Champions is a puzzle RPG with all of WWE's old and new stars. The game includes wrestlers like The Rock but also the likes of Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. For fans of wrestling's history, WWE: Champions will be a trip down memory lane for sure and a chance to make all kinds of fantasy matchups that time didn't allow...

'Bomb Hunters', the Explosive Endless Puzzler by Craneballs, Has Soft Launched

Back in December, Czech developers Craneballs announced Bomb Hunters, their latest game that cleverly merged Crossy Road-esque endless puzzle action with frenetic bomb defusing mechanics. With a back catalogue of strong releases such as Overkill [Free] and Splash Cars [Free], Craneballs had set a precedent that made Bomb Hunters one to look out for, however no explicit release date meant we were left guessing for when we'd be able to experience the interesting amalgamation of game mechanics present in the title. Thankfully, the wait wasn't that long, as today Bomb Hunters has soft launched for gamers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand, or The Philippines and all their respective App Stores - if you're outside of these regions, use our soft launch guide to not miss out on the bomb defusing action...

Amidst the current political climate around the world, there have been an abundance of games on the App Store that have attempted to capitalise on the personalities of certain prominent figures in the form of low effort throwaway apps. However, such circumstances also give numerous creators across all forms of media to make their own message, and hopefully put an interesting and informative twist on matters outside of the world of gaming. Developers Dozen Minds are looking to make such a statement with their upcoming game Cryptocracy, which combines interesting match-three mechanics reminiscent of Triple Town with city-building elements amidst a dystopian backdrop that attempts to highlight how the developers believe modern society is truly being run. If you're in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, you can download the soft launch release of Cryptocracy now, otherwise Dozen Minds are looking for beta testers of the game on our forums...

'Super Gridland' Review - A Set of Matching Swords

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January 25th, 2017 11:33 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Arcade, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Gridland is a really nifty browser-based puzzle game from Michael Townsend, the original creator of A Dark Room [$0.99]. It merges aspects of survival games, clickers, and match-3 puzzlers into one neat package that will likely absorb at least a couple of hours of your time before it feels like its hand is fully played. It's free, saves your progress, and it even works in mobile browsers. Super Gridland [$1.99] is the same game, albeit considerably gussied up in terms of presentation. It's just as fun as it ever was, even if it doesn't really make a strong case for itself as a separate app from the browser version...

World-Shifting Puzzler 'Splitter Critters' Set to Launch Next Week on the App Store

The beauty of the App Store is that, every once in a while, you'll come across a game that has such remarkable and unique mechanics it will still impress you, even after you think you've seen it all when it comes to mobile gaming. Splitter Critters is the latest upcoming iOS release that has shocked me in such a way - the ability to slice and manipulate the environment to help your Lemmings-esque characters find their way back to their spaceship is extremely clever, and perfectly suited to touch screen controls. We first heard about Splitter Critters back in October, and while the game missed its initial late 2016 release date, developer RAC7 has confirmed on their Twitter account that their latest title is set to launch next week on the App Store...

It's been over two years since we were initially enamoured by the iOS port of A Dark Room [$0.99]. Having started off as an open-source release on PC from Canadian developer Michael Townsend, A Dark Room's eventual transition to the App Store by Amir Rajan managed to capture a cult following with its incredibly basic and minimalist take on the RPG genre, culminating in a stint as #1 paid game on the UK store. However, A Dark Room was not the only product of Townsend's abundant talent - Gridland also released on PC in 2014, and was a quirky match-three title that entrusted you with the task of lining up resources to grow your town during the day, while fighting off beastly creatures at night. While Gridland was initially playable within Safari, it never made the same transition to the App Store as A Dark Room. Thankfully, over two years later, we got something even better - Super Gridland [$1.99] has today showed up on the App Store, and retains the compulsive charm of its predecessor, whilst revamping the graphical style and presentation to result in one of the first essential puzzle titles for the iPhone in 2017...

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