Category Archives: Puzzle

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...




Despite their overabundance in the formative years of the App Store's existence, I'm always incredibly excited to try out new match three games on iOS, as the sheer popularity of the genre forces developers to go the extra mile to stand out amongst the crowd. Swap Sword [$2.99] is one such title - while you are still tasked with matching similar tiles, you must also move the protagonist around through the eponymous sword swipes and a whole range of alternative lethal abilities at your disposal. With some stunning pixel art to boot - one would expect no less from the graphical geniuses behind Sunburn [$2.99] - this match three and roguelike amalgamation looked incredibly exciting when we first took a glimpse at it last week. While a December 1st release date was suggested, those who have been eagerly anticipating Swap Sword will be glad to know the game has launched early, and you can now slay creatures and competitors alike on the App Store...

A few weeks ago, we wrote that Candy Crush [Free] was going to become a TV game show, and now it seems CBS is ready to recruit players for it. The network has sent out a nationwide open casting call today, so here's your chance to be on TV. Contestants will be playing in the Candy Crush Arena in teams of two, and you can either apply on your own (and get matched with someone you don't know) or apply with a teammate. You and your teammate will take on the obstacles of the Candy Kingdom that will be, unsurprisingly, all about match-3. The game's executive producer said that they are looking for fun, outgoing Candy Crush players who want to compete on the "biggest, swipeable, interactive board game ever created." And just in case you were wondering, there will be a big crash prize at the end of all that candy...

'Yankai's Triangle' Review - A Game with Kaleidoscope Eyes

Yankai's Triangle [$2.99] is weird. It seems to have a never-ending number of stages. Sometimes it looks at you. The colors are subdued one level, then shockingly bright the next. The scoring system is hard to make sense of. Everything is a little grainy. The eyes are watching. You might run into an absurdly difficult level followed by an astonishingly simple one immediately after. Before each level there are some symbols that mean something, but it's hard to say what unless you really watch carefully. Sometimes there are teeth. The game also introduces each and every level with a title card saying the level number followed with "by Kenny Sun". Perhaps the weirdest thing of all is that you're not doing much more than spinning triangles around, trying to match colors to make bigger triangles, and yet it's nearly impossible to put down...

When Lumines Puzzle & Music [$2.99] launched in September, we were big fans - the rhythm-centric block puzzler was a fitting tribute to the original PSP game that won over so many gamers back in 2004, while still being relevant in 2016 with new modern developments that the series had picked up over its existence. If there was one flaw to Lumines Puzzle & Music, however, it'd be that with only a limited number of game modes and music tracks, there wasn't a whole lot to entice players who had played through all the options that the latest title had to offer. However, even more content is set to roll out for Lumines Puzzle & Music over the next week - today, an album pack from the hit Japanese pop band Sekai no Owari has been made available to download, and on 21 November a special set of tracks from the psychedelic cult rail shooter Rez is also to be rolled out for the mobile version of Lumines...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to do very well, and now its players will be welcoming another character, Agent Venon, aka Flash Thompson. In this interview D3 Go! producer, Josh Austin, talks about the new character, his abilities, and much more. He talks about how Flash and the suit constantly fight for control in the game, and that makes for some very cool moments. Since the game already had Venom, they wanted to make Agent Venom feel different. So, they placed emphasis on the character's military training and made playing Agent Venom much more tactical. He heals damage but can also give his allies invisibility for a few turns using his Take Cover power. If the players are careless and don't manage their AP appropriately, Venom can hurt himself and the player won't generate AP...

Back in September, we brought you news about Platonic Games' upcoming release called Cartesian, which was a game all about symmetrical puzzles that looked to satisfy the intrinsic urges of human beings to have everything balanced, organised and equal - in other words, it was a game for anyone who detests things such as odd colored socks. Today, the developers have soft launched Cartesian in Canada, New Zealand and The Netherlands, as well as rebranding it to now be called Symmetria: Path to Perfection, which definitely better encapsulates the satisfying reflection puzzles you'll encounter during the duration of the game...

Perchang the developer, which was formed earlier this year by a former member of Rodeo Games during their hiatus, released Perchang [$1.99] the video game back in June to an incredibly positive reception. Perchang is a physics puzzler that sees you manipulating various objects in Rube Goldberg-like levels and using the force of gravity in order to corral enough tiny balls into a goal. It had very clever level designs and a clean aesthetic, and right now you can experience that for yourself as Perchang has just dropped to free for the first time since its release...

'RETSNOM' Review - Yako S'ti

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I think the first platformer I ever played where you could manipulate gravity was Irem's Metal Storm for the 8-bit NES. It's a side-scrolling action game, a genre that at the time was so flooded that you virtually had to have some kind of gimmick to stand out. You were mostly jumping and shooting, but you also had a handy button that let you flip to the ceiling. That mechanic showed up here and there over the years before the popular VVVVVV [$2.99] used it better than any game had before, at least in my opinion. It makes for clever puzzles, but more importantly, it rewrites the rules of one of gaming's most well-worn genres. So it's not surprising that a lot of games that followed VVVVVV drew that mechanic into their tool sets. Unfortunately, in becoming a trend, flipping gravity has lost a lot of what it can offer a game...

In mid-October we learned about the newest game from Little White Bear Studios, a sequel to their well-received spin on the brick-breaking formula ZenDots. The sequel was quite a different beast though, and its subtitle, One Dot's Journey, kind of said it all. Here you would be playing as a single dot navigating through complex mazes of obstacles as you attempted to make your way around and break every brick on the screen. See? It's still a brick-breaker at heart! Due to Apple taking an unusually long time approving it, it missed all the release hullabaloo from yesterday but, much like its dot protagonist, this morning ZenDots 2: One Dot's Journey [Free] pushed through all the obstacles and finally made its way to the App Store...

The game of chess may well have been one of the earliest examples of a game being easy to learn but hard to master. Learning how all of the pieces move and putting together a basic strategy towards getting a checkmate isn't that difficult, but the unpredictable nature of human behavior makes chess a game that always has something new to offer. There's almost always a move to make that could be considered the best, but it's only the best if your opponent reacts in the textbook way themselves. A strong chess player needs to study their opponent almost as intently as the board. That said, there's a lot to be said for learning some fundamental strategies, just in case your opponent plays things by the book. As an added bonus, that knowledge will help you if you decide to play Moveless Chess [Free]...

RareSloth's fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free] received a fairly minor update today, but one that's leading to much bigger and better things. Today's update adds ReplayKit support so you can broadcast your crazy King Rabbit exploits for the world to see. There's also now an in-game diamond counter so it should be easier for you to keep track of finding those tricky hidden diamonds, and in the spirit of Halloween there's now some new skins in the in-game store to decorate your rabbit for the holiday. The bigger news, though, is that the Fire Adventures level pack, which was released as paid DLC in May, is now permanently free for all players. ..

Despite sounding like some obscure search engine, Perchang [$1.99] has received plaudits over months since its release for being an extremely enjoyable and deceptively difficult puzzle game under its ultra-polished guise. In fact, the neologism that is the game's name is particularly fitting - beneath the surface is a wacky puzzle game that doesn't take itself too seriously and is really reminiscent of the early App Store era, in the best possible way. Earlier this month we brought you the news of a new zero-gravity expansion for the game called Perchang Black, and right on time the new DLC has released today with 24 new levels for $1.99, which will be great for fans of the original who wanted even more content to manipulate ball bearings through...

Dexter was one of my favorite shows, and I still think it had the best opening credits sequence. If you want to slice and dice as well as Dexter, you can check out the new game called Dexter Slice [$3.99], just in time for the ten-year anniversary. As you can see from the trailer below, Dexter Slice is a puzzle game that's all about dexterity. You'll have to show how adept you are in the use of multiple knives and blades (because it would be a shame if you used the wrong blade to sever a leg from a torso). The game will ask you to use quite a few fingers at the same time as you slide blades away to reveal buttons that must be quickly tapped before the blades slide back into place. There are moments when you'll need all 10 fingers on screen at once...

Make no bones about it - Michael Brough's latest game Imbroglio [$3.99] is an essential dungeon-crawling experience that, in our review, we stated stands firm with his previous classic iOS releases such as 868-HACK [$4.99]. However, on the topic of bones, an incoming update to Imbroglio is as suitably obsessed with skeletons as the imminent Halloween celebrations would suggest. This expansion, which is titled Imbroglio: Ossuary (in other words, a container where bones of deceased are placed), sends your heroes into perilous bone-pits, to undoubtedly uncover a whole host of freaky items, enemies and gems to collect throughout the game. Brough has stated in a recent blog post that the expansion will be released tomorrow, so will launch with plenty of time before the spooky spectacle of October 31st. For anyone who hasn't tried Imbroglio yet, the game is also on sale for the first time ever, so this is a great time to pick it up if you have a lot of free time you don't mind being stolen by the undead...

With Marvel Tsum Tsum [Free], Disney has managed to turn Marvel super heroes and villains into adorable round little things and has got a lot of people playing another Disney match-3 puzzle game. In celebration of Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel hero to hit the big screen, Marvel Tsum Tsum has added a Doctor Strange event that offers special rewards, including Iso-8 and Orbs. Doctor Strange's skill is Mystic Magic, which allows him to cast random bombs, and his special is Eye of Agamotto, which lets him conjure magic and if you tap at the right moment, you maximize its effect. The special Doctor Strange stage will only be around until November 17th, so you still have time to go play with Benedict Cumberbatch...

While many may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, owing to the ease of development for iOS, there have been various case over the years of such inspiration going a little too far. Whether it's the altercation between Ridiculous Fishing and Ninja Fishing, or when Spry Fox, the developers of Triple Town [Free], took the creators of Yeti Town to court over perceived similarities between both games, the App Store has been no stranger to controversy over the duration of its lifetime. Today, even more drama has surfaced amongst the mobile gaming community, as Peak Games have filed a lawsuit stating through the recently released My Little Pony: Puzzle Party [Free], Hasbro - and its mobile division Backflip Studios - have infringed on the copyright of the Turkish developers' flagship title Toy Blast [Free] that debuted on the App Store in January 2015...

As we wrote about earlier today, Rusty Lake has released its second premium game, Rusty Lake: Roots, and so far players in our forums are really liking it. Before there was Roots, there was Rusty Lake Hotel [$1.99], an equally creepy adventure game that has also been met with acclaim. Now, you can get your hands on it (if you so dare) for 50% off its normal price for the first time ever. And if you like horror or just a sense of uneasiness, you should jump on this one. Rusty Lake Hotel comes with 6 creepy rooms filled with quite interesting brain teasers all wrapped up in a suspenseful story about 5 weird dinners and the hotel's intriguing guests and staff...

'Framed 2', the Sequel to Comic Book Caper 'Framed', Announced for Early 2017 Release

2014's Framed [$3.99] was one game that has been crying out for a sequel ever since its release. While the concept of rearranging comic book panels to progress the story was so ridiculously clever you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before - and even earned plaudits off video game development deity Hideo Kojima - we were disappointed in our review that such a cool mechanic felt somewhat half-baked in its execution. Finally, almost two years later, Loveshack Entertainment's next iteration in their creative mobile series has been announced - Framed 2 takes the positive parts of the original game, but adds a new setting, premise and characters, and will hopefully kick ass when it launches in early 2017...

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