Category Archives: Puzzle

Threes! [$2.99] hit the App Store in early 2014 and was met with universal critical acclaim. (We loved it in our review.) About a month later, Ketchapp released 2048 [Free] and the rest is history. 2048 massively surged in popularity because it was way easier than Threes! and, well, it was free. The unbelievable success of 2048 caused two things to happen: Everyone and their third cousin twice removed released their own 2048 clone which then resulted in everyone who covers video games on any level setting up email filters to automatically delete any email with "2048" in it. Anyone who was a mobile gamer in 2014 undoubtedly remembers how bad it got. Everything was either Flappy or 2048, and most, if not all of these games were just objectively bad...

'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!' Review - You Are What They Eat

Now this is how you do a remake. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! [$7.99] is a rebuild of the original Oddworld game, Abe's Oddysee, and it doesn't do any of it by half-measures. The graphical improvements are obvious, but there's also a ton of new content and even some expanded mechanics in the game. While it's always a risky move to change things in a classic, you can tell the developers had a good sense of what worked and what didn't in the 1997 original. New 'n' Tasty! has almost all of the strengths of Abe's Oddysee and very few of its weaknesses, and its theme is (sadly) just as relevant today as it was two decades ago...




'Inside' Review - Try, Die, and Try Again

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December 14th, 2017 9:30 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in 4 stars, Games, Platform, Puzzle, Reviews
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For whatever reason, it seems like the fourth quarter of 2017 has been an absolute golden age of ports hitting the App Store. Playdead's Inside [Free] was just released, and we were lucky enough to be able to play through the game beforehand. As far as the iOS port is concerned, Playdead absolutely knocked this one out of the park. It's totally universal across the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, optimized for the iPhone X, supports MFi controllers, and has totally seamless iCloud save syncing. The touch controls are even well done, and it's a free download with a one-time $6.99 (as of this writing) unlock. If there's a box they're not checking with this port, I don't know what it is. Unfortunately, I'm just not sure if I really enjoyed the game that much... But, more on that later...

Along with tonight's absolute onslaught of new iOS game releases was a pleasant surprise: An iOS port of Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty [$7.99]. Originally released on the PlayStation 4 in the summer of 2014, it seemed like New 'n' Tasty flew under the radar for whatever reason. It was a total rework of the Playstation classic Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, which when released all the way back in 1997 was in the running for numerous game of the year awards. Other entries in the Oddworld universe include the sequel, Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus which improved upon the original in a number of interesting ways, and Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I never played Munch's Oddysee as it was released as a launch title on the original Xbox, which was a platform I got in on kind of late, missing most of the early games...

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

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December 13th, 2017 11:45 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in $4.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, News, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store and most offer only slightly different iterations of the same ideas. Once in a while, though, you get some innovative puzzle games that introduce some intriguing ways of interaction, and Jason Roberts' Gorogoa [$4.99] is definitely one of those special games. Gorogoa gives players the ability to manipulate four panels, but the ways those panels can be manipulated are very clever and offer some surprises that I really enjoyed. I knew Gorogoa gave players the ability to interact with the overlays of the various illustrations, but I didn't expect it to do so in such inventive ways. Add to those smart interactions some truly gorgeous, hand-drawn art, and a mystical story, and you have a puzzle game that everyone who enjoys the genre should definitely grab. And if you have friends who like to debate whether video games are art, send them Gorogoa just to add more fuel to the fire...

'Fez - Pocket Edition' Review - A Great Game, and an Even Better Reason to Buy an MFi Controller

Originally launched back in April of 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade, Fez is a 2D platformer with puzzle elements that hinge around being able to rotate the game world in 3D space. Since its initial release Fez has been ported to practically every platform under the sun, and in the process has won an absurd amount of awards. Fez is one of those games that it really doesn't matter where you play it, as long as you're playing it somewhere. This morning Fez - Pocket Edition [$4.99] was released on the App Store, providing a fabulous opportunity for fans of Fez to experience this gem on to go, as well as folks who potentially never heard of the game to play it for the very first time...

It's been a long journey, but as promised back in October the latest chapter to the stylish puzzle adventure Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$4.99] has just landed in the App Store. Originally launched way back in October of 2015, Agent A is an escape room-style point-and-click adventure that has you playing as the titular Agent A as you try to apprehend the enemy spy known as Ruby La Rouge. The game has an awesome '60s-era spy style and plenty of clever puzzles to solve, and we enjoyed it a lot in our original review. About the only thing we didn't like was how abruptly it all ended, but developer Yak & Co rectified that issue by releasing a new chapter entitled Chapter 3: Ruby's Trap in December of last year, and then retroactively splitting the original release into two separate chapters to fit their episodic structure better. That paved the way for today's release of Chapter 4 which is entitled A Narrow Escape...

A few days ago we wrote about Riddlord: The Consequence [$3.99], a game that looked a lot like The Room in that it has players manipulate objects in 3D space, and now that game is out. Riddlord has you solving three-dimensional puzzles in some really good-looking environments as you try and navigate an intriguing storyline that interweaves fictional characters with real stories about unsolved crimes (and everyone knows how much people like real crime stories). The Riddle Master has created some devious puzzles, and you'll have to solve them as you explore the meaning of reality and a world where dream and life are hard to tell apart. In other words, there are some complex ideas in Riddlord...

As promised earlier this week, Capcom has just released their latest mobile version of the classic puzzle battling game Puzzle Fighter [Free] to the App Store worldwide. Announced at the end of August, this rebooted entry in the series features completely redone 3D visuals and head-to-head online multiplayer in a package that's built specifically for mobile. While the actual art style of the new visuals is sure to be subjective, the 3D polygonal models should scale much better to the different resolutions of all the iOS and Android devices out there. Here's the latest Puzzle Fighter trailer...

Way back in May (gosh that feels like it was FOREVER ago) I came across an unassuming little first-person puzzle adventure called Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] and posted a little thing about how much I was enjoying it. Not only did it offer some excellent Myst-inspired environmental puzzling, but it also weaved a complex sci-fi storyline that was actually quite engaging, especially with some of the deep secrets it was hiding. All of it was wrapped up in a clean visual style and a wonderful touch-based control scheme. Well, as we learned back in August, a sequel to Faraway was in the works that would take the adventuring from the desert sands to the lush jungle, and without much warning today Faraway 2 [Free] arrived in the App Store...

Today is a happy day for many mobile gamers. Why? Because it's the 5th anniversary of one of the most popular and successful mobile games, Candy Crush Saga [Free], a game that has earned more than three billion downloads and has been in the App Store's top 10 grossing apps for 16 quarters in a row. In other words, this is a game that has made a ton of money over the last five years. Here are some more crazy numbers for you. Candy Crush Saga and the other Candy Crush games have been downloaded over 2.7 billion times, over a trillion game rounds have been played, and every day approximately 72 thousand miles are swiped on the game. The highest score ever achieved is 1,999,259, 792 (definitely not by me), and the most popular time to play Candy Crush in the US is between 8pm and 10pm...

My interest was piqued pretty hard as I was perusing the app store a couple weeks ago, only to see a puzzle game that involved exploring an alien ship and solving the puzzles of its technology and the fate of mankind after encountering them. That premise, for a sci-fi junkie like me, along with those drop dead gorgeous screen shots immediately had my attention. And while I was expecting something more akin to Myst [$4.99], what I received was closer to The Room [$0.99 (HD)] series, but with several areas of puzzles (The Rooms?) and a more cinematic piecemeal mystery story interspersed throughout. And it was pretty darn great. This is Returner 77 [$3.99]...

Players in our community really like Zach Gage's Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, so every time he comes out with a new game, our readers pay attention. Today, Flipflop Solitaire [Free], the sequel of sorts to Sage Solitaire, is out, and it looks like another interesting take on the classic card game. The twist in this one is that you can stack both up and down, but you can only move stacks of a single suit. These two simple changes to the rules change the way you approach the game and turn it into a Zach Gage game, where traditional rules are slightly tweaked to offer a whole new experience...

'Million Onion Hotel' Review - Got a Million Onions but a Leek Ain't One of 'Em

When it comes to the noble hobby of video gaming, there are a whole bunch of tried and true concepts to build new products from. Not even one of those concepts involves mashing onions as quickly and strategically as possible in order to make fruits appear that you mash to rack up points while space cows trot across the bottom of the screen and little cartoon characters throw off their clothes and embrace passionately in the starry sky. But thanks to Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], we can finally live the dream, friends. This is a fast-paced yet strategic arcade-puzzle game, and if nothing else, I can say that you probably haven't ever seen anything quite like it before...

Whether you're reading articles on a dedicated mobile gaming website, or talking about newfangled smartphone applications with your elderly relatives, the Monument Valley [$3.99] series surely needs no introduction. After achieving literal world domination of both the mobile gaming scene and popular culture through rave reviews and a House of Cards cameo, ustwo's artistic puzzle title made people take notice of the App Store as a place for serious, boundary-pushing releases - and inspired numerous imitations along the way. At Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote, the long-awaited follow-up Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] was announced out of nowhere, and predictably flew up the charts to become a huge success. However, one of the most common questions amongst our community has been when the Android version of the game will rear its head. Thankfully, after many months of waiting, Monument Valley 2 is finally available to download on the Google Play store for $4.99...

The Room series on iOS and Android really needs no introduction. Within dedicated mobile gaming circles, and also amongst more casual users who may only download the rare title once in a blue moon, The Room [$0.99 (HD)] has made a name for itself with stunning graphics, excellent use of the smartphone's unique capabilities and a compelling universe full of secrets and surprises. After three incredibly well received entries in the franchise, developer Fireproof Games has repeatedly hinted at yet another iteration on the formula called The Room: Old Sins, and gave the game a tentative late 2017 release date when we first heard about it back in March. Sadly, the developers have today confirmed that the game will not debut on the App Store in the next two months, but have instead confirmed that The Room: Old Sins would launch on iOS on January 25th 2018, with an Android release shortly afterwards...

Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel's latest movie, is about to take over every movie theater on the planet, and Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] couldn't stay out of the party. Starting today, a week before the film releases, the game will welcome a 5-Star Thor Gladiator and a new event called Sakaar Arena, both linked to the movies (which you'll know if you've seen any of its many trailers). The Gladiator Thor will, of course, look like the movie, and as a bonus, the event will also include Hulk (again, the trailer shows you why he's relevant). I don't know if the game will manage to capture the comedy of the new movie, though...

L Pop! [Free] is a relatively straightforward puzzle game that, like most puzzle games, is built around one main mechanic. In this case, it's the idea that where you can place your pieces is restricted to within a Chess Knight's move of wherever you placed your last one. It's not a bad hook to build a matching puzzle game around, and I'm not sure I've seen a game that did things in exactly the same way this one does. But while the core mechanic is an interesting one, L Pop! never quite takes off the way it feels like it should...

King's Bubble Witch Saga 3 [Free], the bubble-busting cousin of Candy Crush Saga, is celebrating Halloween with a first: during this live event, players can play collaboratively. Starting today and up until November 1st, you'll have to help Stella the witch (appropriate for Halloween) and brand new characters get their candy back from that bad kitty, Wilbur (although I'm sure he's actually more misunderstood than anything). In this new collaborative mode, you have to join forces with others to pop as many bubbles containing Halloween candy as possible, and the more treats you all gather, the more rewards you'll get. And if one player loses a level, a team member can recover those lost candies. No candy left behind for sure...

The app description for Campfire Cooking [$3.99] describes the game as being about the 'relaxing moments in nature'. However, don't let this claim and the game's cozy camp setting confuse you - Campfire Cooking is set to be yet another expansive, dense and highly enjoyable puzzle title from Layton Hawkes, and promises to provide some eclectic brain-teasing action in the developer's quite literally sizzling style. After how good Puzzlepops! [$1.99] was, it's no exaggeration to say that Campfire Cooking has been in the very upper echelons of my most anticipated mobile games, and thankfully the title now available to download on the App Store for only $3.99...

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