The Apple has made a small revolution in the games development industry, for the first time allowing independent developers a cheap and easy way to deliver their products to consumers. This led to the explosion of the App Store, with 250,000+ apps already available and hundreds more being added each day. Of course only a fraction of them truly warrant attention, but the unique few are true gems, bringing to life completely new genres. And the most recent of such are certainly Doodle God™ and the just released Doodle Devil™.
One of the genres that fit especially well on an iDevice are first-person adventure games. These echoes of the golden age of adventure games, ones that actually helped usher in the CD era at some point (see my Myst review), are quite playable even on the smallish screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch and are surprisingly popular on these platforms. Enter The Secret of Grisly Manor, promising over 50 locations to explore and solve. Let’s take them up on that offer!
Many people say they don’t have time to play games. I can understand this because we all have so much on our plates that it’s hard to justify. What if, however, there was a puzzle game that didn’t take too long, was analytically challenging (but not overly formidable), didn’t require a 17 year old’s dexterity and… gave a nice sense of accomplishment when you finished it?
It’s not my habit to write game reviews but occasionally one comes along that deserves to be noted. Nonograms for iPad and its sister Nonograms Pro for iPhone are two of those games. Challenging, engrossing, pick up & play, and really fun – ideal for busy professionals or others with hectic lives and little time.
Planning on dressing up as an evil penguin this Halloween? Then this update is really for you mate. SOS Penguin!, a charming and fun lil’ puzzle game from developer Stefan Mensen, has just been updated with a Halloween theme and all 48 of the cute penguins have turned into (gulp!) bloody zombies. Much like the well received physics puzzler Saving Private Sheep (TMA Review), you must properly eliminate the blocks on which the penguin stands and bring them safely back onto the constantly titling ice platform.
If you’ve already purchased the game, can you enjoy this update for free. Otherwise, here’s your chance to win 1 of 10 promo codes! Simply leave a comment below to enter for the random draw. Giveaway will close Oct 28th @ 5pm and codes to be sent out to winners shortly after. Good luck!
Stefan Mensen, SOS Penguin!, 19.8 MB – $0.99
There are certainly a lot of puzzle and line-drawing games in the App Store these days. But how many puzzle line drawing games are there? Piczle Lines is a unique combination of the two, using line drawing to complete picture puzzles. In fact the nearly unpronounceable name of the app is derived from PICture + puzZLE = piczle. I decided on “pixel” since you are drawing pictures in a pixellated way as you will see below.
If you haven’t heard by now, Cut the Rope is the Angry Birds killer. After having spent some time with it, I can begin to see where they might make that claim. Of course it’s a completely different style of gameplay than Angry Birds, but from my point of view it’s a bit more accessible from a difficulty standpoint. Besides, how can you not love Om Nom? Will it’s dethroning of the champion be permanent? I’m not sure, but in the mean time I’m just going to enjoy it for what it is – an incredibly fun physics based puzzler with an adorable protagonist.
I’m noticing an interesting trend in the App Store lately. It seems that many of the most popular puzzle games involve bright, colorful characters in fun settings. That’s perfectly fine by me, and Moonsters is no exception to the rule. You play a trio of quirky aliens that are lost, hungry and just want to go home. The game feels like something ripped from a Disney cartoon, yet it’s challenging enough to give even the seasoned puzzle gamers pause when trying to score four stars on a level. Do you have what it takes to get these poor creatures home?
The App Store is littered with match 3 games, so one would think we’ve had enough of them by now. The truth is that there’s always room for another match 3, as long as that game either plays exceptionally well or brings something new to the table. Fortunately, Heroes of Kalevala does both, making it a refreshing addition to the genre – or is it a village simulator that just happens to use match 3 boards as its means for resource gathering? Continue reading…
TellTale Games has finally updated Puzzle Agent with the much needed graphical fix, with version 1.1 now being optimized for the Retina Display. As mentioned in our review, the game originally contained issues with encoding during cutscenes, which meant that the visuals were extremely blurry for a good part of the adventure. Now that this has been fixed, the game should be much more playable for most casual players.
If you haven’t picked up Puzzle Agent yet, it’s currently on sale at $0.99 and also included in Apple’s Big Games, Great Prices roundup. One word of caution though. The update will, unfortunately, render your previous saved data useless. So for those of you who’re nearly finished the game (or don’t wish to start over), you may want to hold off on v1.1 until a later time.
Beyond Ynth is a new puzzler by FDG Entertainment, who is no stranger to the App Store, having published titles like Across Age , Kryzer, and Parachute Panic. It is the official successor to Ynth, which was released over a year ago by krabl.com. In Beyond Ynth, you play as Kribl, a ladybug sent by the queen of Kriblonia on a quest to retrieve the diamonds scattered by the four dark spiders of the apocalypse. In order to do so, you must travel through wooden mazes, dodge obstacles and collect diamonds whenever possible.