Category Archives: Puzzle

We knew that The Room Two [$2.99] would be heading to iPhone and iPod touch devices at some point early this year, but when we reported on Monday that it would be coming this week, we erroneously assumed it would be in a similar fashion to the first game with a new separate version for iPhone. Well, in this particular case I'm very happy to be wrong as Fireproof Games has opted to not go that route this time and instead has updated the iPad version of The Room Two to be Universal with support for iPhone 4S and above devices. That update is out now and to celebrate they've knocked a couple of bucks off the price of The Room Two, down to $2.99 from $4.99...

It's always a bit of a gamble to take direct control of the main character of a game out of the player's hands. When it works, it can force the player to pay attention to things going on outside of the area they're currently focused on, which adds some welcome complexity. When it goes off the rails, it can leave the player feeling incredibly frustrated at losing due to circumstances quite literally out of their control. One genre where it seems to work well, even with somewhat simplistic implementation, is the puzzle genre. Games like Lemmings or the later entries in the Mario Vs. Donkey Kong series show how rewarding it can be to set up a plan and guide it through to its conclusion, even if you aren't directly playing through it. Lost Yeti [$1.99] takes a similar approach, with its titular character having a mind of his own, wraps it all up in retro stylings, with the end result being a pretty good action-puzzler...

Just a quick heads up that one of my current obsessions, Curve Digital's Stealth Inc. [$4.99], has dropped its price for the first time and can be yours for just $1.99, down from its usual cost of $4.99. You may know Stealth Inc. by the name it originally released under on PC back in 2011, Stealth Bastard. At its core, Stealth Inc. is a punishing puzzle-platformer that's built around stealth mechanics. You'll need to utilize hiding in shadows to reach the end of each level, as well as figuring out whatever blocks need to be pushed or switches need to be flipped to even reveal where the exit is...

'Magnetized' Review - The Laws of Attraction

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January 20th, 2014 12:56 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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The mobile platform is perfect for quick, minimal oriented, "pick up and play" games. Titles like Super Hexagon can be grabbed in a flash, and played for seconds or hours on end. It's those types of experiences that make it easier for people with busy lives to fit gaming in their schedule, and they're all the better for it. Enter <Magnetized [$2.99] -- another bite sized game that gets even more rewarding the more you play it. It's also tough as nails...

'Tap & Blast' Review - A Barrel of Fun

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January 20th, 2014 11:07 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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One of my favorite aspects of the Donkey Kong Country series had to be the barrel blasting puzzles. There was something so simple about the concept -- just pressing a button in time with rotating and swaying barrels -- that really resonated with me. It was intense, and fairly clever, as there were a host of secrets to be found if you took leaps (blasts?) of faith and ventured into unknown and unseen territory. When I heard there was a mobile game based entirely around this concept, I had to jump on it. Thankfully, Tap & Blast [$0.99] manages to recapture the thrill of blasting all over again...

'The Room Two' Review - A Fabulous Sequel That Similarly Leaves You Wanting More

Originally released in September of 2012, The Room [$0.99 (HD)] wound up being a terrific puzzler from Fireproof Games. It was inventive, it was gorgeous, and it was devious. It made you think, and when you figured out the answer, you were wrong, and it made you think some more...

Qix has been around for a long time -- since 1981 to be exact. The objective is simple, to "claim" different areas of the screen by way of connecting lines, similar to JezzBall -- a game everyone with a Windows PC has probably played. Years later Fortix rose to the challenge, mixing elements of medieval warfare along with it. Now, you can grab it on iOS in the form of Line Knight Fortix [$0.99]...

Out of all the possibilities in time and space, Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] is a gem-matching game. It's the sort of gem-matching game where you don't simply swap gems, you drag them around for a good five seconds leaving as many little matches in your wake as you can. It’s the sort of matching game where you build up a party of characters and match gems to make them fight Daleks and Weeping Angels...

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Following in the tradition of the guides I wrote for Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga [Free] today I've got some tips for playing Pet Rescue Saga [Free] without blowing your savings. Pet Rescue Saga is King's second-most popular game, and it's probably their most creative. While Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga [Free] are spins on the old match-3 genre, and Bubble Witch Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga are both rather shameless clones of Bust-A-Move [$4.99] and Peggle [$0.99] respectively, Pet Rescue Saga is actually a little bit unique as far as my knowledge of the genre goes. The other way it stands out is in how difficult it is. This is easily the meanest of King's games, the one where you are least likely to just push through by luck, and the one where you really have to plan your moves ahead if you want to move forward. It's interesting to me that King's most popular games are also their hardest, but I digress. Here's some advice if you're planning on playing this popular hit...

King may not be the most popular bunch around these parts, but it's clear they have a good understanding of how to make a game that grabs people. I've put in some time on all of their games, partly to assist my grandmother with difficult stages, partly because they are good for passing the time without commanding your full attention, and it's my opinion that nothing else they've released has been on the level of Candy Crush Saga [Free]. Bubble Witch Saga [Free] and Papa Pear Saga [Free] are both a bit too derivative without offering compelling reasons to play them instead of what they're aping, and Pet Rescue Saga [Free] requires a bit more concentration than I'm generally willing to give to it. Candy Crush is simple and challenging, while still being pretty easy to zone out on while you do other things. It's also King's most popular game by far...

Water based puzzle games are a slippery lot. Nearly all of them have the same premise, but more often than not, trying to wrangle up some H20 is undeniably enjoyable. Feed Me Oil 2 [$0.99] is basically the same premise, but it just changes out water for a darker, less healthy substance. Not a whole lot has changed since the original Feed Me Oil [$0.99], but the sequel is fun enough to warrant another purchase from fans...

Originally released as Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole for PC, but changed to a more family friendly name, especially for family use devices such as iPads, Stealth Inc.: A Clone in the Dark [$4.99] has a fresh home in Apple’s ecosystem, and it’s made the transition very well. It’s a cute, clever and fairly original stealth puzzler...

'Ookibloks' Review - Slammin' and Bananas

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December 20th, 2013 1:06 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Action, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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While many retro veterans pine for tactile controls for games that would be best suited for precision, the mobile platform can alternatively host creations that gel perfectly with a touch based interface. One such creation is Ookibloks [Free] -- a fast paced platformer that's easy to pick up and play due to perfectly implemented swipe controls...

'Cyro' Review - A Puzzle of Specks and Planks

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December 20th, 2013 10:15 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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There's plenty of room for complex puzzle games in the world, but every so often I enjoy sitting down with a great simplistic experience. Sometimes, the most minimal games tend to wrack your brain the most, as they distill a few concepts down into their most basic form, and test your mettle in specific ways. And what could get more simple than guiding a line through a maze?..

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