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Category Archives: Puzzle

Tiny Bubbles [$2.99] from Pine Street Codeworks is a game that's been in the works for several years now, and along its development journey it has garnered all sorts of attention and awards. And with good reason! This puzzler uses a mesmerizing physics system and there's a wonderful fluidity to the whole affair. We first saw the trailer for Tiny Bubbles back in August of last year, and we had a chance to go hands-on with the game during PAX West the following month. Now the wait is finally over as Tiny Bubbles officially released in the iOS App Store last night, as well as on Steam for Mac and Windows desktops. A version for Android on the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store will be hitting in June. Check out the launch trailer for Tiny Bubbles below...

It was way back in December of 2015 that Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark unveiled their visually stunning upcoming game Sdorica, but in reality the game has been in the works for even longer than that, 4 years to be exact. Now after a somewhat lengthy soft-launch period, and with more than 2 million people already pre-registering for the game, Sdorica -sunset- [Free] is finally launched globally in the App Store today. It's been a long time coming! Right from the moment we first saw Sdorica, we've been impressed with its striking visuals, colorful cast of characters, and fluid animations. Coupled with a killer soundtrack and animated cutscenes, Sdorica is quite the looker, as you can see in the global launch trailer...




Developer Jussi Simpanen aka Adventure Islands released Duke Dashington Remastered [Free] back in November of last year, just a handful of days after Apple's latest device the iPhone X hit the market. Given the timing of the release, it's no surprise that the game didn't support the full screen of the iPhone X at the time, but it was still disappointing to iPhone X owners like myself and has only grown more so in the months since. Well! Thankfully Adventure Islands was already on the case, and decided to roll iPhone X screen support into a juicy new content update for Duke Dashington Remastered which has just hit the App Store today. The new content comes in the form of the Crystal Caverns dungeon which offers 30 brand new levels complete with their own new Game Center achievements and Time Trial leaderboard. Here's a brief glimpse of the game running on an iPhone X...

It's been more than three years since Triada Studio launched their stunning shadow puppet puzzler Shadowmatic [$3.99] on the App Store, but that's not stopping them from continuing to add new content to the game. This week a new chapter titled "Other Worlds" will be added via an update to Shadowmatic, and it will bring 30 brand new levels as well as a few hidden levels to unlock, adding to the game's already impressive 100+ levels. The new chapter goes into three distinct worlds: Space, Music, and Ancient Times. You can see all these new themes on display in the following trailer, but be warned that just by the nature of the game watching the trailer will spoil a few of the new puzzles that are coming out...

Do you like the Square Enix Go series of games, but feel like they needed more crime? Congratulations, Vandals [$3.99] is the game for you. This turn-based puzzler unapologetically resembles the series that started with Hitman Go [$4.99] and applies a graffiti and street art theme to the game. It's really derivative, but the graffiti aspect is fun, and the game provides a history of street art to boot! However, depending on your feelings about the Square Enix Go games, this might not be worth picking up...

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] is a fantastic combat-heavy Metroidvania-style action adventure game that originally released on Xbox 360 during the summer of 2012 but has since made its way to pretty much every other platform, including a surprisingly great iOS port in October of 2015. Besides being a great game, Dust also made waves for being almost entirely the work of just a single developer, Dean Dodrill of studio Humble Hearts. Given its incredible art and animation and overall level of quality, that's almost impossible to believe, but it's true. ..

I was pretty darn excited to see that Revolutionary concepts, despite mostly being out of the mobile gaming world for a number of years, took the time to update two of their most unique offerings to save them from the 32-Bit Appocalypse last year. First up was UFO on Tape [Free] which received a 64-bit update in March of last year, followed by the phenomenal puzzler Gesundheit! [$3.99 / $2.99 (HD)] which received its 64-bit update the following June. Then this past December, the developers did me one better by updating UFO on Tape with full screen support for the iPhone X, and it looked glorious. Now, following in the footsteps of its partner, Gesundheit! has also received a welcome iPhone X update and it is looking better than ever...

It's been just over two years since Level-5 and co-developer NHN PlayArt launched the deceptively enjoyable matching game Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] on the App Store, and unfortunately that's just about the end of the line for this one. Level-5 have announced that they'll be shutting down Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble on May 31st. As our world of video games becomes more and more about "games as a service" these types of scenarios are bound to happen. For its part, the popularity of the game itself didn't seem to be a problem, as Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble has a pretty dedicated fan base, but I think this is a case of the monetization not being aggressive enough to earn enough money to keep things going. ..

Proving that you really can make a fun game out of just about anything if you come at it the right way, the food-serving genre has been quite popular in recent years. At their core, most of these games are really more like fast-paced puzzle games than anything else. Customers come in and demand certain dishes, and you have to sling them as fast as you can. Some games throw in food preparation to make things more complex, but even then, you're just trying to recognize symbols and flick as quickly as possible. Peko Peko Sushi [Free] doesn't ask you to make the sushi, and instead tries to weave more complexity into its food-slinging mechanics. In the end, it feels a lot like a fun arcade game, the sort that might have slipped out in the 1980s as counter-programming to a diet of shoot-em-ups...

Sorry, iOS gaming enthusiasts - I've crossed over to join the villainous Carter Dotson on the dark side. After having an iPhone for literally my entire smartphone-owning life, I've decided to take the plunge into the unknown and treat myself to a Pixel 2. All things considered, I'm loving it, despite one major flaw: the games. Many high-profile titles are missing from the Google Play store, and while I still have my beloved iPad to make sure I don't miss out on anything, I find myself wishing I could jump into the likes of Alto's Odyssey [$4.99] on the go. However, today one major Android absence can be crossed off the list. The Room: Old Sins [$4.99] was Fireproof Games' excellent 2018 take on their beloved puzzle series, which we adored in our glowing five star review on its release, and on April 19th Android gamers can finally try out the title too...

Death Squared [$2.99] is a perfect example of how I believe the Switch/Mobile dichotomy can positively affect the App Store. While at its heart a relatively straightforward puzzle caper, Death Squared exuded charm in every detail, and conjured up an impressive Portal-esque feel with its presentation and polish. However, while the game achieved significant success on the Switch, its premium mobile release has proven to be slightly less profitable. Even though its $6.99 price point was still a substantial saving on its console brother, Death Squared failed to make a splash when it launched on the App Store in February. In an attempt to reach an even greater audience with their latest creation, developer SMG Studios has announced that an Android version of Death Squared will launch this weekend, which will coincide with a $3.99 sale for the title across its mobile platforms...

Okay, I know some people out there aren't going to believe me, but sometimes educational things can be fun. Sometimes fun things can be educational. Our parents and teachers weren't totally misguided. Exhibit A: logic puzzles. Are they the greatest puzzles out there? It depends on your tastes, but at the very least I expect most fans of video games to enjoy logic puzzles in some form or another. The interesting thing is that no matter how they are presented, they all come down to a set of very basic rules that can be diagrammed in a way that looks more like homework than entertainment. Throw in an element of time pressure and you've got yourself a blueprint for a fine video game...

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

'Umiro' Is the Latest Glamorous Puzzle Game From Devolver Digital, and Is Launching on iOS and Android on March 29th

Sometimes it doesn't matter how confusing, mysterious or opaque video game trailers are - even when I have no idea what's going on, some titles transcend reason and are just beautiful to witness in motion. Umiro fits this description to a tee, as its stunning Monument Valley-esque graphical design brings its minute and meticulous puzzle worlds to life. I have no idea how this emphasis on aesthetics will translate in terms of gameplay, but with prolific publisher Devolver Digital behind its mobile release, Umiro is nothing if not full of promise. As the debut release of indie developer Diceroll Studios, Umiro is looking to emulate its isometric indie peers when it releases on iOS, Android and PC simultaneously on March 29th...

'Part Time UFO' Review - It Works Hard for Its Money

For many years, mobile gamers dreamed the impossible dream of having Nintendo games on their platform of choice. When that dream finally, improbably, came true, it didn't come in the form that many of those players had hoped for. There are a lot of factors to consider when thinking about why Nintendo's mobile efforts are what they are, but regardless of the why, the fact remains that they're not quite the same as what the company puts out on its own hardware. Well, HAL Laboratory isn't Nintendo, but they're quite close in a lot of ways. If you were one of those people looking for a Nintendo-like experience on your mobile device, you may find that HAL's latest release, Part Time UFO [$3.99], scratches the itch nicely...

'Raskulls Online', Halfbrick's Next Real-Time Multiplayer Puzzle Game, Is Looking for Beta Testers

I have a lot of respect for iconic App Store developers Halfbrick Studios attempting to step out of their comfort zone as of late. Of course, the App Store isn't a particularly forgiving place for companies that stick to the same old holding pattern with their releases (not mentioning any names here), and developers like Supercell who keep on striving to mix things up seem to achieve the holy grail of sustained iOS success. Whether it's a conscious decision or one forced by the nature of the beast, Halfbrick's foray into AR with last year's Shadows Remain [Free] and the eclectic array of games released over the past few months underlines the Australian studio's determination not to stand still, and Raskulls Online, their latest upcoming App Store effort, continues this pattern. As the title suggests, Raskulls Online is an online, real-time multiplayer puzzle game, and appears to be an interesting grid-based take on the strategy genre. While it's still early days for Raskulls Online, Halfbrick are currently looking for any eager beta testers to help the title get one step closer to a worldwide release...

'Dissembler' Review - Click-Clack I Was Making a Match

While it's true that not every pre-existing genre of game has adapted comfortably to touch controls, I feel like the puzzle genre has benefited tremendously from them. In some cases, there are puzzles that just wouldn't work properly with other methods of input. Other titles benefit simply from the improved tactility that comes from using your fingers directly on objects in the game. Granted, you're just mushing your finger against a piece of smooth glass no matter what the game is like, but the really great ones line up sound effects and visual flourishes to create the illusion that you're actually playing around with solid pieces...

Cooperative singleplayer puzzling is what Death Squared [$2.99] provides in its iOS release. It's not perfect, and has a few annoying factors and humor that doesn't really break a lot of boundaries, but it provides some fun puzzles to solve and a game design that works perfectly for either playing solo or with a friend on the same device. I've played Death Squared in some early builds in the past couple of years, so I was curious to see how it would come to iOS, since what I played was very much driven by cooperation with another player. However, the final release makes the story mode something that a single player can play by themselves. The puzzles don't require a lot of simultaneous movement, they just requre that players be able to mentally deal with two different characters...

Calling The X-Files just another science fiction show is doing it a slight disservice. It became a cultural phenomenon by mixing aliens and the supernatural, as well as mythology and standalone episodes, all while introducing iconic characters led by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Similarly, you can't really call The X-Files: Deep State [Free] just a hidden object game, seeing as it also has numerous other mini-games, dialogue-driven decisions that affect the story and much more. It's an intriguing mix of elements worthy of its source material, but it's plagued by a sinister array of free-to-play headaches as menacing as anything cooked up by the Cigarette Smoking Man...

Just prior to Halloween last year, we got the very Halloween-appropriate news that classic movie murderer Jason Voorhees would be officially coming to the App Store by way of a new game called Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. Better yet, the game would be a revamped take on Blue Wizard Digital's Slayaway Camp [$2.99], an absolutely fantastic puzzler that was like an homage to those great '80s slasher flicks that folks like Jason Vorhees were known for. In fact, Friday the 13th seemed to be the biggest inspiration for Slayaway Camp, so the news that the team was now making an officially licensed Friday the 13th version was pretty exciting. Anyway, fast-forward to this week and seemingly out of nowhere Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle [Free] has slashed its way into the App Store...

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