Category Archives: Puzzle

'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...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free] is probably my favorite of the Puzzle Quest games primarily because I love CCGs and because it lets me mess around with Magic cards. And the way the Match-3 mechanics work in this game actually makes sense in the context of Magic. Today, the game added the Eldritch Moon set, which concludes the Shadow over Innistrad story with the reveal of the Eldrazi titan, Emrakul. The update adds 65 new cards, and all the cards are Uncommon or better - no Commons here. This set is also introducing two new mechanics to the game, Meld and Emerge. With Meld, once two card siblings hit the battlefield, they transform into another, more powerful form. When you play another one of those siblings, the transformed form of the card is reinforced...




It's always great to see inventive Steam releases finally make their way to the iPhone, especially when many of their unique mechanics are a perfect fit to touch controls, and normally at a far more palatable price of entry. RETSNOM [$0.99] - taking a leaf from the Alucard book of naming - is the next game to follow in the illustrious path of PC ports, and with an incredibly cool concept of being able to alter the construction of levels to progress, is sure to distinguish itself from the abundance of other platforming titles on the App Store...

It's a testament to the work of Dinosaur Polo Club that they've been able to make something as mundane and infuriating as public transport into a clever and captivating puzzle game. Mini Metro [$4.99] has kept us waiting at the platform since September 2014, where we first caught a glimpse of the PC version, with a suggestion of an iOS release a few months down the line. Over two years later, Mini Metro has finally launched on the App Store, however the severe delays appear to have been worth it. With critical acclaim on its original Steam launch, and an extremely positive showing in our GDC 2015 preview, Mini Metro looks like an essential purchase for any fans of meticulous city design, or even just puzzle game aficionados in general...

If you're a fan of Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] and you like going to the movies, get ready to hit the theaters tomorrow because Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie will be playing across 300 theaters across the US only for tomorrow, Saturday the 15th. As you can see from the trailer below, the movie will have almost all the Yo-Kais from across the universe and even includes time traveling. Specifically, Nate, Jibanyan, and Whisper travel back in time with Hovernyan in order to team up with Nate's grandfather (when he was still a child) and defeat the Wicked Yo-Kai and (surprisingly) save the world from destruction...

Back in July, I wrote a rather lengthy tribute to Perchang [$1.99] - specifically how the ultra polished physics puzzler managed to soar to the top of the iTunes charts purely owing to its immense quality, and as a premium title no less. With some excellent level design that complemented a wide variety of ways to manipulate the stream of ball bearings into the goal, Perchang was an exemplary example of how iOS is a serious gaming platform, and these reasons were responsible for so many people giving the game a chance earlier this summer. This month, anyone who completed Perchang will be delighted to know that a brand new expansion titled Perchang Black is set to launch on October 27th, with a drastic aesthetic change and some interesting new mechanics...

It's always interesting to see what kind of games follow when a novel idea hits big. The first wave is usually composed of shameless clones, but after everyone gets those out of their systems, you start to see some interesting, enjoyable twists. Earlier this year, we took a look at Dungeon Tiles [Free], a game that fused some light RPG mechanics into the core mechanics of Threes! [$2.99], adding an extra layer of tension to the swipe 'n' merge gameplay. Stencilsmith [$0.99] takes a broadly similar approach to that game, but also introduces crafting aspects to give you even more to do. The game has been out for a few months already, but it just recently got a great update that made me take a closer look at it. While it's not much to look at and comes off a little rough in places, the added ideas it brings to the table makes for an entertaining twist on a favorite...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been one of the best Puzzle Quest games to hit the App Store, and at three years old, it's still going strong. The developers have decided to celebrate the game's third anniversary by offering all kinds of perks, presents, and events. First of all, there will be an anniversary sale, and there will also be a vault with many 4-star characters, Legendary Tokens, Devil Dino covers, Hero Points, and much more. Every player will get a free token for this vault, and there are plenty of tokens in the Anniversary Versus Season and also in event rewards. And this Thursday, a new character will be joining the game, Gwenpool...

All the way back in June of last year, we reported that Sonic Dash [Free] and Angry Birds Epic [Free] had crossed over, and were left with the impression that the crossover was a little forced. Yes, hedgehogs and birds are both animals, and yes, Sonic did star in Sonic and the Black Knight, an absolutely dire Wii game where the blue blur wielded a sword (not as bad as using a gun, but that's a completely different travesty in itself), but beyond that there wasn't much reason for the irate avians to feature. Over a year later, the folks at Rovio have come to their senses, as Angry Birds Epic is set to yet again cross over with another title - but this time in the form of the match-3 behemoth Puzzle & Dragons [Free]. With both sharing a loose fantasy theme, anyone with the latter title is able to play some special Angry Birds Epic levels in the game between the 3rd and the 9th of October...

Disney has been really going for it on the App Store, releasing many games in all kinds of genres - although primarily it's the puzzle genre the company is aiming. The latest one, Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot [Free] (no, it's not a new Starbucks coffee) is using the most popular Disney characters of the last few years, the Frozen cast. The game has you playing various Peggle-like levels where you shoot Elsa's magical snowballs to break the ice engulfing the Kingdom of Arendelle. There are over 100 levels to play through and you'll be using boosters and power-ups to make it through levels faster. Surprisingly, the theme actually works here because you do have a character in the movie who can shoot ice and break stuff, so not that much of a stretch...

In celebration of its Android release, Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] has gone on sale on iOS for the first time since its release. If you don't own the game but you like games that remind you of Zelda, you should pick this one up while it's cheaper. The game is an entertaining action adventure puzzle game with lovely art and a clever weapon, a fishing pole. No, you won't be fishing the whole time; instead, you'll be using that pole both as a weapon and as a tool in an attempt to make it to the final boss, the monstrous Skyfish. As you fight through the various levels, you ill be upgrading your fishing pole and learning how to use it better...

Android players, rejoice. The very entertaining Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99]  is landing on Android tomorrow, and you should probably pick it up. We knew it was probably coming this week, but now it's official. If you haven't played the game, you can check our review of it here and see why we really liked it. If you don't like reading long texts, know that the game will remind you of Zelda games but if you added a fishing pole used as a hookshot in them. Using that hookshot, you pull things to you or manipulate the environment to solve puzzles and, of course, also use it to take out enemies. It's an ingenious little thing that really makes the game stand out...

Did you like smashing things together when you were a child? My guess is probably yes. The latest Train Conductor World [Free] update will tap into that nostalgia by letting you go ahead and crash trains to your heart's content. Normally, in Train Conductor World you're trying to keep your trains from smashing into each other as any responsible adult would do. The latest update, called Crash Test Mode, does away with the burden of responsibility that comes with being an adult and lets you go ahead and have different types crash test trains smash into each other while you gleefully watch (all the while trying to perfect your evil madman laugh). The Crash Test Mode has been enabled for every location in the game, so here's your chance to see what happens when you intentionally smash huge machines together...

We all know that Candy Crush Saga [Free] has been a huge success, but it's sometimes hard to put in numbers how big a game actually is. So, to celebrate the one trillion Candy Crush Saga games played, King has put in numbers just how big this game has been since it launched a few years back. One trillion games translates to every person in the world playing approximately 140 times. That's a lot of games played. If you add together the daily distance swiped by mobile players, it comes up to 140 thousand times the height of the tallest building in the world. And on average, 18 billion game rounds are being played every month, which again is a mind-blowing number if you try to wrap your head around it...

Just over a month ago, we told you about Zip Zap [$1.99], an upcoming puzzler from Phillip Stollenmayer and his studio Kamibox, maker of the brilliant existential crisis platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] as well as clever puzzlers like Okay? [Free] and Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and I can't forget about my favorite silly time wasters like Pancake - The Game [Free] and 1 Meter [Free]. Zip Zap looked to fall into that "clever puzzler" category, as it has you manipulating various Erector Set-like pieces that are joined with hinges in an effort to scoot, hop, or swing them over to an end goal. The whole thing makes a lot more sense if you watch the trailer for Zip Zap...

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [$1.99] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Deus Ex GO [$1.99] was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the Summer, and for good reason. The precedent set by Square Enix's other GO series games - with Lara Croft GO [$4.99] especially being one of the best games of 2015 - suggested it would be an essential download, and the Deus Ex series has its own pedigree, even if the recent console entry in the franchise didn't hit the same heights as previous titles. While we may have been somewhat disappointed with the lack of innovation in our review for Deus Ex GO last month, it was still an extremely entertaining experience, that took the elements of what makes the GO titles so perfect for mobile gameplay, and placed them perfectly into the Deus Ex universe. If anyone was on the fence regarding Deus Ex GO, it has today gone on sale for $1.99, which is a perfect opportunity for cynics, fans, or anyone short on funds to see what he game has to offer...

In June of last year, a phenomenal puzzle/action platformer named Furdemption [$2.99] took the App Store by storm. We loved it in our review, as did players in our community. It was easily one of the best games of 2015. Then in September, just over a year ago in fact, developer RareSloth announced that a level editor would be coming to Furdemption that would allow players to create and share levels forever and ever and ever! Well, due to various circumstances, that level editor got put on hold indefinitely in November. The silver lining was that in place of the editor, RareSloth instead would be bringing out a brand new sequel to Furdemption, called King Rabbit [Free], which launched back in March and, like the original, was simply fantastic. Well, things are coming full circle as today RareSloth has announced that the level editor is back on and heading to King Rabbit early next year...

Even though they are by no means scarce on the App Store, I'm always on the lookout for more relaxing and mentally stimulating puzzle games to play on long tube rides around London. Threes! [$2.99] is perhaps the most noteworthy example, so it's rather fitting that the next game that follows in such distinguished footsteps is from the developers that beat Threes! to our coveted Game of the Week award back in February 2014. makenines [Free], by Force of Habit, the people that created the aforementioned award winning and rather brilliant arcade shooter Toast Time [$2.99], describes itself as an 'ambient logic-puzzle game where you clear grids of numbers by making nines', and while this is a functional representation of what you can expect from the game, in practice it is so much more...

Strap yourselves in folks, as this is going to get confusing. Lumines Puzzle & Music [$2.99] launched last week, and while we recommended it in our review, developers Mobcast had promised an upcoming free version of the game in the weeks after launch. Today, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo [Free] released on the App Store for free, however is neither a lite version nor a typical free-to-play experience. Instead, Neo offers all of the tracks in the original Lumines Puzzle & Music for free, except from the Classic Pack that contained the older skins from previous games in the series - and there is no option to buy this pack within the free alternative. Furthermore, Neo also includes brand new songs that are available to purchase as DLC, which will also allegedly be updated into the main paid game in the near future. To make matters even more complicated, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo hasn't been fully localised, and while it is navigable, a lot of the text is still in Japanese, and there is currently no news as to whether English language support will be added anytime soon...

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