Here’s an interesting piece of trivia about crossword puzzles – Liverpool journalist Arthur Wynne is said to have invented it, originally called “Word-Cross” when it first appeared in the Sunday edition of New York World on December 21, 1913. Nearly a century old, crossword puzzles are so quietly integrated into our daily lives that we may take them for granted. Anywhere in the world, someone is tapping his pen, thinking of answers to brain teasers that draw upon a limitless resource of words, facts, personalities, events and history.
As a child I simply adored Sherlock Holmes. I had the complete collection of works by Arthur Conan Doyle and later even read some of the spin-offs, though they were never half-as-good. The genius detective has been a hero of mine ad it always amazed me how he always managed to crack even the most bizarre of cases. And now, just in time for the release of the latest movie about the great Sherlock, Warner Brothers invite you to test your intellect in the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries.
Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear is the port of the popular PC game to the iDevice, where we follow the adventures of Rupert and Emma as they go on an expedition set in the ruins of ancient Egypt. The game is packaged as an engaging adventure story that combines hidden object and match three, two popular genres, with an RPG-like element thrown-in.
Do you like intense action/puzzle games with octopi and squealing Japanese voice-overs of colorful anime characters? Maybe, just maybe, Octo☆Touch might be for you! Developed by Compile Heart, Octo Touch features some very funky music and a frentic match ‘em style of gameplay. With its 2 gameplay modes, 3 levels of difficulty, several unlockable characters and special attacks for each persona, this puzzler will keep you entertained for hours, or even just a few minutes in between breaks.
Beat It! is a beat-matching game for iDevices available at an App Store near you. Developed by Glu, this game has quickly risen through the ranks to be one of the most downloaded games as of this writing, and it’s easy to see why. Beat It!’s mix of music game, puzzle solving, and the bright 8-bit style visuals sets this game apart from anything else I have played on the iPhone.
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Tetris is a legendary game. Created by Alexey Pajitnov back in 1984, it has undergone more modifications than any other games, ranging from easter eggs on oscilloscopes to using the windows of 15-story buildings to play the game. And the various spin-offs would start a tornado if put together. But even this is not enough for some people as they take the general idea and morph it into something wild altogether. How about crossing it with a match-2 puzzle game and catching ghosts?
I suppose Andy Adventure is what you might expect if you were to cross Topple with Indiana Jones. You play a brave adventurer traveling the world, collecting treasure and trying to defeat the bad guys. The game actually has a lot of potential, but sluggish performance and the need to repeated play a high percentage of the levels before moving on tend to bog down the excitement. Let’s see if this adventure is for you or not.
Earlier this year, I reviewed FindIT, an extremely hi-res ‘spot the difference’ app which dazzled with smashing photographs, but frustrated with a spotty menu system. Well Granet have come back with a shot from the hip: Sexy FindIT is bittier and cheaper than the original. And I prefer it for reasons which are more than just skin deep…
Groovin’ Blocks is another mash-up of genres, this time a mix of puzzle and rhythm music games like Rock Band and Guitar Rock Tour. And it’s a successful merger – producing a game that’s got a unique visual and audio style. If that sounds like it might appeal to you, click on through to get my thoughts.
My favourite writer of all time is Terry Pratchett, creator of the deeply witty Discworld series. One of his interesting ideas was that to dogs (and werewolves in his books), smells were actually perceived as differently coloured clouds. Well, EA heav taken that general idea and applied it to music.