I’ve been looking for some new games to enjoy on my iPad. There are a fair amount out there but I’ve also noticed that many are simply iPad versions of original iPhone titles (aka ports). I wanted something new.
“What if you could transform lead into gold? Or distil the essence of life itself?…”. That’s the opening line in the description for Master of Alchemy HD. As far as openers go, that one is definitely an attention grabber. Using the practices and methodology of medieval days gone by, you’re tasked with taking on the Mechanologists and bringing alchemy to supremacy.
The explosion of Flash based games these past few years has brought quite a few new genres to the market. One of which is the Escape the Room genre, a cross between adventure and puzzle games, that has even earned a right to its own section in our own Best Adventure games. The iDevice is still mostly devoid of the genre however, with rare examples creeping in. And one such game that is a recent addition to the App Store is Escape the Room: Magician’s WC .
Whenever I sent anything via post, be it express via DHL or FedEx, or regular state post one thing I always worry about is the safety of my package. Just think about the complexity of moving and sorting hundreds and thousands of boxes. Well, there’s no need to ponder now! Thanks to Rock Pocket and their latest puzzler The Package, you can finally see for yourself just how the filthy companies really manage the transport of your precious cargo.
From a technical standpoint puzzle games are fairly easy to put together, because they don’t require a lot the visual trickery that many other game types do in order to be interesting. On the other hand, developers have to be careful because it’s all too easy to make their game feel just like all the other puzzle games. Even when you do come up with an original idea, making enough diverse levels is no easy task. So if you’re interested in seeing all of this done correctly, look no further than Helsing’s Fire. The concept is unique, the level designs are well executed, and the aesthetics are quite pleasant. Helsing’s Fire is yet another excellent publishing pick by Clickgamer.
U Connect is a puzzle game and the premise is very simple. You’re presented with a series of dots, and you must connect them all to create an image, but without retracing your steps. At first, I thought it was going to be pretty dull, given the graphics aren’t exactly inspiring. However, as I progressed and the puzzles got more difficult, I found myself getting quite addicted to it.
Drop7, one of the most unheralded and addictive Puzzle games on the App Store, is now compatible with iOS 4.0. Prior to the 1.4 update, the game would unfortunately crash on launch with the latest OS. Making matters worse was that it took Apple nearly 2 weeks to approve this version and as such, Drop7 addicts (like myself) were left without a proper nightly recap and fix. It even got to a point where I was tempted to downgrade back to OS 3.1.3 while waiting just so I could have my favorite iPhone game back.
For those not familiar with the game, it’s billed as a “Tetris meets Sudoku” puzzler and it is truly unique in every sense. While there isn’t a free lite version for you check out, it can be enjoyed as a flash game in the form of Chain Factor. Newcomers to Drop7 will probably want to take a look at my review where I’ve given some brief instructions on how to play, as the basic concept is not like anything you’ve experienced before. Puzzle fans will definitely want to check this awesome game out. Note: Unfortunately, the 1.4 update no longer works on the iPad. Area/Code are working on a fix and hopefully it’ll be out shortly.
Match 3 fans, meet Headcase Games’ 180, a title which claims to be a match ‘em style of game with a difference. True, it’s a little different – but Bejeweled it ain’t. In 180 you have a screen full of coloured coins and you must tap the empty area below a column to shoot the coin that you have at the bottom of the screen. You must keep shooting your coins in order to match three or more, and then the matched coins will disappear. To add another dimension, you can tap any coin already on the board to flip it over, revealing another colour. What makes the game difficult is that the coins are advancing down on you from the top of the screen, and when they reach the bottom, it’s Game Over. So you’ve got to be quick to keep those tiles at bay.
For those of you that are getting fed up with match three games, you might want to look away now. Although in actual fact, developer 10tons’ Abundante! (also the publishers behind the amazing Azkend) is a match four game. Considerably different from other games of its type, Abundante! has you venturing deep into the jungle, and beneath the earth.
PAC-Match Party was released to commemorate PAC-MAN’s 30th birthday. It’s difficult to believe that the little guy has been around that long – since before I was born! Quite rightly, PAC-MAN is a legend and so it’s only right that he should have a party for his 30th birthday. And that’s what this game is. A match three party.
One thing I like about the App Store is that it gives developers room to experiment without a sizable budget, unlike on consoles where it might costs thousands of dollars just to get development software. As a result we get cool little games like RollOut, a puzzle platformer with a unique premise and an old school look and sound. The game “only” has 50 levels at the moment, but getting through it and beating the “standard” time for each level will be two entirely different challenges.