Category Archives: Puzzle

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 [$0.99] 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 [$1.99] 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...

Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits [Free] is actually a couple of years old now, and only just arriving in more countries worldwide. In some ways, it feels its age. It's less refined than the usual spins on Puzzle & Dragons [Free] we see these days, giving it the feeling of something that was slapped together to cash in on a craze before the tide went out again. It initially comes off as crudely simple, but if you give it a little time, that basic simplicity gives way to a very satisfying set of mechanics. Unfortunately, one other way shows the age of this game. While many social RPGs have loosened up a little on the monetization squeeze in recent times, Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits has its boots firmly planted in the past. On your throat. What remains is a fun game that can get frustrating in a hurry if you're not willing to pay up...

Ever since Tetris was used to deploy tens of millions of Game Boys into households across the world, puzzle games and handheld hardware have had a tight relationship. You'd be hard-pressed to find a handheld launch without a puzzle game of some sort on offer, but virtually none of them have been as important to their hardware's launch than Tetris was for the Game Boy. If you had to find a runner-up, however, the original Lumines on PlayStation Portable would surely be it. On hardware that offered some of the best 3D graphics that you could fit in your pocket, somehow the shining star of the system's early life was a falling-block puzzler. Granted, it was an incredibly stylish falling-block puzzler with an outstanding soundtrack. I don't know many PSP owners who don't have some kind of nostalgia for the game...

Lumines Puzzle & Music [$2.99] has been one of the most eagerly anticipated iOS releases in recent memory, and for good reason - the series has such an integral part in the history of portable gaming, and is one of the major highlights of the PSP's turbulent ten year existence. Of course, this isn't the first time the series has reached mobile, and while 2009's disappointing Lumines Touch Fusion is better left forgotten, such a legacy has only raised expectations for Lumines Puzzle & Music to be a true representation of the franchise on iPhone. Thankfully, the wait is now over - Lumines Puzzle & Music has launched worldwide on the App Store, and is an essential purchase if you still harbor nostalgic memories of previous entries in the series, but also for anyone who may have not played a Lumines game before, as the music and puzzle gameplay amalgamation is as ridiculously fun as ever...

Nothing says ferocious superhero like a cute, cylindrical, plush toy, right? Or are you going to tell me that Disney's Marvel Tsum Tsums aren't ferocious. Ferocious or not, these cute Tsum Tsums have been a great source of revenue for Disney, and after getting Disney Tsum Tsum on mobile, today North America is also getting Marvel Tsum Tsum [Free], and let me tell you, those guys and gals look very cute. The game is only out in North America for the time being, with the rest of the world following "later this year." You get to play with superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Gamora, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and many, many more. And, of course, we are getting the bad guys too: Loki, Ultron, Green Goblin, and Ronan the Accuser...

While receiving mobile ports of critically acclaimed games from other consoles is generally a good thing, there is always a risk that certain aspects won't make the transition smoothly to a smaller and more portable device. On the other hand, sometimes titles flourish on iOS, and Human Resource Machine [$4.99] is one such game. In my review back in June, I was taken aback by how well the relatively complex commands needed to manipulate your anonymous worker drone were adapted to the touchscreen device, and the portability of the iPhone perfectly suited the progression of the puzzles involved. These features, coupled with a significant amount of content, excellent audio and visual design, and a subtle satirical take on modern day corporations, resulted in a must have iOS title that was worth far more than its generous $4.99 price tag. Despite this, Human Resource Machine has today gone on sale for the ridiculously low price of $0.99, so anyone who missed the game first time around has no reason not to experience Tomorrow Corporation's latest App Store gem...

After briefly incubating in soft-launch, Puzzle Monster Quest [Free] is out worldwide on both iOS and Android. As is usually the case in Puzzle Quest games, you'll be matching tiles to move your hero around and take out enemies. In this version of the formula, you'll be navigating treacherous dungeons filled to the brim with monsters you can either battle or capture and befriend. And you'll be able to evolve friendly monsters (of course). When you fight against monsters, you'll be trying to match as many tiles as possible to launch stronger attacks. At the same time, different tile colors are associated with different element types that can buff or debuff your attacks...

'Lumines Puzzle & Music' Set to Launch September 1st Worldwide on the App Store

Lumines Puzzle & Music only soft launched on the App Store back in July, but that didn't stop excited forum members finding ways to circumvent App Store regional barriers to download it early, despite being a paid title. While the game has lived up to the lofty expectations of Lumines fans, for those of us not in New Zealand, Australia or Japan, or anyone who was too poor, lazy or ambivalent to somehow acquire it from their respective App Stores, the wait is almost over. Lumines: Puzzle & Music is set to launch worldwide on the App Store on September 1st for $2.99, and developers Mobcast and Q Entertainment have released a new trailer with some pretty graphics in preparation for the upcoming release. An upcoming ask-me-anything on Reddit on August 30th with the series creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is the icing on the cake, and for a series with a relatively turbulent existence, it'll be a great opportunity for fans to ask him what's next, on both iOS and beyond...

The thing that has made the Square Enix Montreal "GO" series so appealing is that the games have been so subversive, as well as being fun puzzlers. Hitman GO [$1.99] was a particularly absurdist take on Hitman, what with all the stealth kills and assassinations taking place as figures on a game board knocking each other over. Something about distilling the game down to that feels particularly amusing. Lara Croft GO [$1.99] was a bit more in line with the brand, but still felt like a unique take on the series with a Monument Valley [$3.99] esque aesthetic and the lower-polygon-count look, along with the fantasy environments in play. It was still rather fun to play, though. The concern with Deus Ex GO [$0.99] was whether Square Enix Montreal could deliver more fun turn-based puzzling, but what I think we were missing was whether they could cleverly subvert the themes of the Deus Ex series, and that's really missing here...

'Spectrum 6' Is a Cool Color-Mixing Puzzle Title, Launching August 25th

Considering virtually all my free time is spent commuting on the tube, the iOS games I tend to gravitate towards on these train rides are colorful and unique puzzle games such as twofold inc. [$3.99] and Threes! [$2.99]. Being able to immerse myself in a puzzle or two between stops is, in my opinion, the epitome of mobile gaming, and while enjoying a more expansive experience such as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$6.99] is great at home, nothing beats pick up and play puzzle games on the move. As a result, my interested has definitely been piqued by the upcoming Spectrum 6 from developers Dusky Drones, as merging block placing puzzles with a cool color mixing element seems to be a very interesting and intuitive blend (pun fully intended)...

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