In my now long list of Puzzle games I’ve reviewed for TouchMyApps I’ve played all sorts of games, from those that are really just “survive until you lose”, to ones that are trying to achieve a more Puzzle Quest-like story driven narrative. Totem Quest is a story driven kind of puzzle game; good in many respects, but not exceptional.
Mummys Revenge is a great little game, and you should pick it up. What? You want to know more? Ok, it’s a little like the games of yore, like Goonies 2 or Pitfall, combined with modern graphics and gameplay ideas such as weapon upgrades. And if you’ve already played Zombieville USA and the recently released Inkvaders on the iDevice, you’ll feel right at home with this particular genre of games. Mummy’s Revenge is definitely worth your money, especially at the current sale price of a dollar.
I was first drawn to Arabiah by its appearance where even at the title screen, the player is treated to a beautiful graphic of a swinging lantern whose glowing light sways back and forth. You can even rub the lamp – but don’t let the peacefulness of the title screen fool you – Arabiah is a fast paced, but ultimately, very casual-friendly puzzle game.
Tower Defense is a genre well represented on the iDevice, there’s no denying that. And certainly for many people, including me, their first exposure to this genre was playing on this wonderful mobile platform. At the same time, I’ve played some of the best standard TD games available on this system, so when a new one comes along, I’m always curious what new things it will bring to the table. Townrs Defender takes an interesting twist on the TD genre, one that ultimately pays off well for the game.
In my opinion, there are some games that work really well on the iDevice. Puzzle games and strategy games seem to provide the right kind of balance of play and controls. Arcade style games also fall into this category, in many ways because of the simplicity inherent in most of these types of titles. Minigore is one of those games; simple and ultimately a whole lot of fun.
This is only my second Castle Defense game, after Knights Onrush, and because of the frantic pace of that game I wasn’t sure what to expect with Medieval (developed by Brisk Mobile). What I did find was a nuanced strategic game, slower paced – but in it’s own way just as intense and ultimately as much fun.
In somewhat opposition to my recent review of Puzzlings, Triazzle is a not a game with lots of bells and whistles. This is not a game with incentives to keep playing or items to earn, or even a score or best time to beat. But, what it is, is a complex and engaging puzzle game, like the hand-held puzzles (such as Rubik’s Cube) of yore, mixed with a logic puzzle that can give the right kind of gamer a sense of satisfaction at having the skill to succeed.
I’ve made my current interest in puzzle games known in my previous reviews, and I’m willing to try lots of different puzzlers in my quest to find one that feeds those necessary qualities to really keep me coming back for more. Azkend and Aurora Fient almost did it – they’re both fantastic games – but Puzzlings uses the “gotta collect ‘em all” mentality to ensure it digs its claws into you and keeps you hooked.
I’ve been playing puzzle games for quite some time now, but it’s only been since Puzzle Quest that I’ve had larger expectations when it comes to these types of games. Nowadays I want there to be more to a puzzle game, some achievements to reach, some connective story linking my quest together. But sometimes, a puzzle game is no more than the puzzle itself, and so long as it’s bringing something interesting to the table, it can still be a lot of fun too.
Like many people, I’d had no experience with Tower Defense games prior to playing them on my iPod. I still consider myself a newbie at them, and there are plenty of times when I still struggle to set up a good defense in even some of the easier Tower Defense games that are out there. So perhaps it’s not fair for me to say that Sweetwater Defense is a difficult game, but I certainly found it challenging. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.