Category Archives: Puzzle

'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?..

'Cut the Rope 2' Review - The Candy Chomping Creature Returns for More Gravity Puzzle Fun

The first BAFTA winning Cut the Rope [Free / $2.99] did something that is almost unheard of outside of mobile gaming circles. It created a game that looked, sounded and even played like something designed for young children that could be just as appealing and perplexing for adults...

'Republique' Review - Everything I Hoped For

It has become cliché to call Camouflaj’s Kickstarter-baby Republique [$4.99] ambitious, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. This undeniably is the most ambitious iOS game I’ve ever played, showing off AAA production value at every turn. And more surprising, that’s not entirely the reason I LOVE Republique, instead finding the little-touches this game’s most endearing quality...

When Super Stickman Golf 2 [$0.99] launched in March of this year, it expanded on and improved over the original game in just about every way, which is really saying something as the first Super Stickman Golf was sublime. Several months later, in August, a huge version 2.0 update added even more greatness in the form of new characters, new courses, replay sharing and a whole lot more. The team at Noodlecake has been somewhat quiet on the Super Stickman Golf front since then, but this week they've unveiled a small portion of what to expect from yet another huge update which is set to go live in January...

Rovio has just release a new update to the original Angry Birds Star Wars, and it appears as if it will be the last update for the game. Not surprising really, since Angry Birds Star Wars II [$0.99] launched this past September and has taken over its predecessor in the charts. ..

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These days, any game that leaves an emotional impact on the player (in a smart way) is ridiculed as being pretentious. By definition, the label is accurate, but typically falls under a negative connotation. It's understandable that some gamers just don't care much for the approach to story-telling, but I don't mind it when done well. Turns out, Pretentious Game [Free] is one of those examples. At least this game isn't hiding from what it is; and what it is, is a short but sweet pretentious little game...

You don't see too many games about leprechauns these days. Maybe it's because of their secretive nature, leaving most of the inspiration to the imagination. Well that's just what Odyssey Creative Labs has done with Tale Tapper [$0.99] -- a tale of a leprechaun who's determined to get his stolen pot of gold back...

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

'Rube Works' Review - A Classic Contraption Conundrum Comes to Life

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December 9th, 2013 9:35 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $0.99, 4 stars, Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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The concept of making a Rube Goldberg machine in a video game has been done so many times that it feels like some kind of crime against gaming that one hasn't been done to honor the man who invented it. He's has a huge following that has survived almost a century. His name has become part of the American vernacular. His comic strips were clearly ahead of their time as a way to mock the unstoppable drive of technology. Perhaps that's why it's taken so long to get a game made in his name and it's a shame because it's a faithful, fun adaptation of some of Rube's famous works...

It's kind of remarkable, given how successful it's been, that we are nearly seven years down the line from the release of Peggle [$0.99] with no real sequel released. Heck, we haven't even seen new stand-alone content since 2008's Peggle Nights. Personally, I blame Plants Vs. Zombies [$0.99] for being so awesome. Well, anyway, Peggle 2 is finally on its way, but it's exclusive (for now) to the Xbox One, so us iOS gamers are going to have to wait a little while longer. What to play in the meantime, though? There are actually surprisingly few games that imitate Peggle around. Well, the makers of the immensely popular Candy Crush Saga [Free], King, have a suggestion: Papa Pear Saga [Free]...

'Tic Tactics' Review - Tic-Tac-Toe Becomes A True Challenge Again With This Plotting Puzzler

Back in the day when our brains were just in their formative years and we didn't have a mobile, touchscreen device to entertain us, we could entertain ourselves with nothing but a pencil and a piece of paper from a notebook that should have been used for studying. Tic-Tac-Toe was the favorite in my circle of friends. At that age, it didn't require a long setup for a single game like a round of Dots and Boxes or enough book smarts to make a big enough challenge for a game of Hangman. It was my first introduction to strategy games and a new turn-based puzzler has not only brought it back but they've found a unique way to make a deceptive and entertaining challenge...

We've got a big old sales post coming up in just a bit, but I thought that this deserved its own special mention. For the first time ever, the award-winning puzzle game World of Goo HD [$4.99] is free for the first time ever since launching on the App Store in December of 2010. World of Goo first made a splash on desktop PC and Nintendo's WiiWare service back in 2008, and when it did finally come to iOS in 2010 (as an iPad only title at that time) it actually felt even better than the original due to the intuitive touchscreen controls. The game has since been updated with Universal iPhone support as well as widescreen and Retina Display support...

Maze Crusade [Free] from developer My Evil Twin is something special: A fun and challenging take on the ubiquitous match-3 genre that spurs players on with the same intensity as a game like Knightmare Tower. You play as a knight who navigates a deadly maze full of bloodthirsty foes, dead ends, and a row of moving spikes that destroys everything on the bottom of the screen...

Given the rather obvious angle of the art direction and marketing for this title, you'll have to forgive me for having been skeptical of Spirit Stones [Free]. With top-heavy, scantily-clad women all over the place, it almost appears to be trying to make up for something. What that something might be is still not apparent to me, because this game is a surprisingly good mash-up of Puzzle & Dragons [Free]-style puzzle-RPGing and mobile TCGs. The juvenile character art and evolve-to-strip stuff are not only unnecessary, they're actually a negative point on a pretty good game...

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