Category Archives: Puzzle

Earlier this March, Fireproof Games announced the shock reveal of the upcoming and much awaited next iteration in The Room series. Ominously subtitled Old Sins, details on this newest entry in one of iOS's most beloved franchise were relatively scarce beyond a tentative 'late 2017' release date and a cryptic teaser image, however this didn't stop fervent anticipation amongst the mobile community as to how Fireproof's latest game could replicate, or deviate from, the tried and true formula essentially perfected in The Room Three [$4.99]. Today on their official Twitter account, the Guildford-based developers revealed three preview images from The Room: Old Sins, depicting a mysterious dollhouse as well as a teaser for a more malicious disappearance plot within the title...

'Wilful Kitty' Merges Cats, Pixel-Art and Puzzle Action, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

My three favorite things are unequivocally pixel art, video games, and cats. Combine them all together and you have a direct ticket to my perpetual adoration and praise, and that's exactly what Unexpect3rd have done in their upcoming game Wilful Kitty. Through puzzle gameplay reminiscent of Triple Town [Free], you're tasked with merging numerous cat-related ingredients together to feed your feline companion, with bowls and cat food becoming a feast for your friend, for example. With more items appearing, including mice and cotton reels, and the ability to earn coins to adopt even more cats, Wilful Kitty looks like an eccentric and enjoyable time-waster. Fans of undoubedtly the best animal in the world should keep their eye out for Wilful Kitty when it launches on the App Store later this April, and the developer is also looking for beta testers on our forum thread in the lead up to its impending release next month...




'DROP NOT!', a Reaction-Based Puzzler From the Creators of 'Power Hover', Is Rolling Onto the App Store on April 6th

One of my favorite parts of writing about iOS games is seeing those titles that consistently receive support in the form of content updates, normally for many months after the base game initially launched. Even though many of the best App Store titles do launch as complete packages without the need for many further additions, it's great to see developers take an active role in our iOS community to discuss and take on ideas for future plans, and Oddrok's Power Hover [$3.99] was one such release that impressed me greatly over 2016. As a result, I'm incredibly excited by DROP NOT!, the next game from the Finnish developer which is set to offer reaction based puzzle action - for the sweet sweet price of absolutely nothing - when it launches on April 6th...

Developer Zach Gage has a knack for putting together simple, accessible games that you can play for hours on end. He's been involved in a number of high-profile iOS games, but one of his earlier hits was the word game SpellTower [$2.99]. That was one of those games that seemed to transcend the usual crowd that played mobile games, appearing on the devices of the most unlikely of people. And why not? Word games play well with a large audience for a variety of reasons, and SpellTower was a very good one. Gage is back at the genre with TypeShift [Free] , but I can't help but feel this is aimed at a very different sort of player. It's an attractive game with an enjoyable primary mechanic, but there are a few things that keep it from reaching the heights of Gage's previous tower...

Great news for fans of the terrific Orphan Black TV show; Orphan Black: The Game [$1.99] has just quietly made its way to the App Store. Orphan Black: The Game is a turn-based adventure puzzle game that deals with the same issues the TV show does, namely the adventures and misadventures of a group of female clones at the center of a global conspiracy. If you haven't watched the show, it's a dramatic series, with plenty of comedic moments, that raises questions around who owns the human body and explores the nature vs nurture debate—do your genes or your upbringing make you who you are...

'Golf Zero' Review - Jump and Shoot

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March 23rd, 2017 11:15 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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I learned golf from the NES, and the SNES changed my perception of how far the concept could go. One of the most engrossing games I've ever played was Kirby's Dream Course on the Super Nintendo. I waltzed right into a Blockbuster Video one day and picked it up just because of the cover, and three days later I wasn't ready to return it...

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 [$1.99] 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 [$1.99] 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...

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