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.
Hopido is another one of those simple to learn puzzle games that becomes more and more complex as you get into the higher levels. It’s a great brain teaser, the kind of game you can spend hours playing, but broken up into as many quick sessions as you’d like. It’s not the flashiest game you’ll find in the app store, but it doesn’t really need to be, and I’ll tell you why after the break.
Bust-A-Move (aka Puzzle Bobble) is probably one of the most widely known games around. With releases on virtually every platform as well as arcade and mobile devices over the last +15 years, it’s hard not to find someone who hasn’t played it or heard of it. The game’s most recent conquest is found on the iPlatform. Puzzle fans, get ready for a new definitive addiction in your favourite genre.
When I was a kid I loved making gadgets. My parents got me a construction kit and I was able to create all kinds of crazy stuff. Some of it even worked! Well, Publisher X just made a construction kit for your very own iPhone! Just get the ball in the goal!
I’m a big fan of games that try to mash a couple of existing concepts together into a new and fresh look. Fuzion is one of those games: a mix of RPG and scrabble. So, without further ado, let’s take spell out D-A-R-K L-O-R-D and look at the preview…
Yumsters! 2 is different from most puzzle games we get from the App store – for starters, this is not a match 3 game. Secondly, with it’s colorful characters and simple story, it’s got a very kid friendly vibe – much like Bumble Tales. Yumsters! 2 also fits into that category of hybrid games – combination puzzle and music game. So what kind of a game does this all add up to? Find out after the break.
Trick or treat! Humble Gaming have dropped Abductor, a candy-coated alien game to the App Store just in time for Halloween. It is match-three with a few otherworldly quirks which fit the holiday quite well. The first is the story. Basically, aliens landed on earth and intrigued by holiday, abducted anything which looks or tastes of Halloween. The second quirk is the strict guidelines which run the game only until overturned by one of the pumpkin heads (don’t worry, we’ll get to that).
Just like in the play Gypsy (yes, you people need to step outside and watch a play occasionally – don’t worry, you can take your ipod with you) “you gotta get a gimmick” if you’re going to play in the match-3 puzzle game space anymore. The field is just too crowded, so you need something to separate you from the pack. Bumble Tales does have a gimmick, but ultimately it could have been used to better effect.
The key to any good casual or “pick up and play” type of game is addictive gameplay and frustration-free controls. Not to mention, something that is challenging enough to keep you interested, yet not so difficult that you feel the need to yank all your hair out. Burst The Bubble, developed by NotOnlyButAlso, is the latest casual (bubble popping) game I’ve gotten my hands on. Read on to see how it did and find out if my proverbial bubble was burst.