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…
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.
I’ve said it a thousand times and I’ll probably say it at least a thousand times again. I love puzzle games. I spend a lot of time in transit on buses, trains, etc. and puzzle games are perfect time-killers. Recently I was able to get my hands on Slideshot 2, a great sequel title from developers mschomerus. Read on to see how the puzzle pieces fit.
I can see why my wife was completely addicted to this puzzler. With its graffiti graphics and cute music, Slice It! may look like a quick little game, but it ain’t. It’s a cleverly disguised geometric puzzler that can tickle your brain for hours. Your mission? Divide shapes into equal parts in order to pass to the next level. Currently, there are 40 levels with more promised from Com2uS in the near future.
Com2uS Inc., Slice It!, 14.30MB – $0.99
Alice in Wonderland is one m-m-maaaaad story. The adventures of a young girl in the mysterious world have been made into one of the best Disney cartoons and inspired millions of girls around the world to follow the white rabbit. The followup story, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is not as well known, though the recent Tim Burton adaptation certainly will fix this soon. And hot on the heels of the movie is, of course, a companion iPhone release – Alice In Wonderland – An Adventure Beyond The Mirror .
Yikes, what memories flood back to this 30 year old as Rare Metal’s screens slide by my eyes. I used to be a car guy way back in 1988 (I was nine years old). I’d sit up all night looking over pictures of the then-new Ferrari F40 and Porsche 950, and dream. Geez, well Black Ice Applications (fitting don’t you think?) have just rolled out (oh the puns) Rare Metal, a puzzler for car geeks, and it looks good. Hell, combine cool metal with any puzzle game and it’s all good, but with a slide puzzle? the sort you carried around between two dirty thumbs as a child? It’s all reaaaaaaal good! This 0.99$ app features seven cars and 5 levels of difficulty. Woot!
Black Ice Applications, Rare Metal, 3.84MB – $0.99
Big Fish Games is one of the most prolific mobile publishers, best known for its range of excellent hidden object (HO) titles. Keeping this in mind it’s not much of a surprise that Azada has quite a bit of hiddenness in it. But this time, Big Fish Games decided to make things more interesting and throw in a LOT of other puzzles, making hidden objects only a part of the gameplay, rather than the backbone.
You can never have too many puzzle games – at least that’s my philosophy. So when I was shown Quell, the first title from developers Fallen Tree Games I was more than happy to try it out. With over 70 levels and a promise to be both addictive AND challenging, Quell was on a pedestal before I had even downloaded it. Read on to see if it lived up to it’s own hype.
One thing that’s both good and bad about mobile platforms is that they encourage developers to take franchises in whole new directions. Doom Resurrection is an on-rails shooter, Wolfenstein was turned into an RPG, and now we have Encore Of The Night (EOTN), a Castlevania adventure with a big twist. The problem is that, unlike the first two I mentioned, this one feels out of place. It’s not necessarily a bad game, but it just doesn’t resonate with the charm that is the Castlevania series. I’m trying really hard to get into it, but so far it’s more of a chore than a joy to play.