I’ve spoken before of my love for puzzle games. I think they are great time-killers and when well-designed, can be loads of fun. Recently, I’ve been pretty lucky finding great titles like GreenFingers, Cubit and Electric Box. Today I was able to get my hands on the latest game from Readdle, Cannons. At its base it’s not a new game concept, but the way they’ve designed and executed it definitely sets it apart.
It’s hard to argue that the match-3 genre of games isn’t popular in the App-Store, but it’s true that it’s increasingly difficult to create a good match-3 game. There are so many titles available at the moment that, to the casual player, it’s very tough to find something just right to play. As a match-3 maniac gamer, I’ve played quite a few of the big titles (Bejeweled 2, Treasures of Montezuma, The Rise of Atlantis, just to name a few) and it’s easy to see how some people might get lost in the seemingly endless gameplay.
I’ve heard some comments that ‘oh, it’s just another slider-puzzle game’. The funny thing is, maybe there are a lot of slider-puzzle games in the app store, but I haven’t played any of them. Maybe they just didn’t catch my eye the way Mezopuzzle did, but I’m glad I tried this one; and if you’re looking for a lengthy game with a good degree of difficulty, it should be on your radar as well.
I wasn’t too impressed with Match 3D Flick Puzzle at first. Yet another match 3 game, and it has very limited controls (really you can only swap one adjacent block for another). Even the cube aspect with multiple sides didn’t do much for me at first, as the endless waves of blocks just kept falling down and filling it in. And then I discovered ‘Survival’ mode, and a whole new game experience opened up for me – one that is far more appealing and gives this game the edge it needs in such a crowded genre.
There have been any number of variations on the theme of this game – placing tiles/cards on the field of play making sure to match all the sides. Waterworks is one example, Triazzle is another. What makes Xeno Sola stand apart and work so well is the sheer variety of cards/tiles available and the scifi theme. Without those things, however, it might just be a bland game of matching, but with them it becomes a game of chance and strategy against aliens to see who can gain the most money out of the construction of a space station.
Some little boys want to be firemen and others, cowboys. The former, however daring, may be suicidal, and the latter have never been kicked in the gonads by a horse. It hurts. Connect2Media have a great game for those little boys who grew up but still long to rescue damsels, toss people around, and in general, play the hero. Go Go Rescue Squad (GGRS) isn’t your typical fireman game. You won’t be dancing on a stage to the cheers of dozens of 30-something women, but your duties will introduce you to the mundane: crawling into collapsing buildings, saving people from torrid terrors; stopping fires, and sacrificing your muscles for the sake of an air-kiss or a suave snap of the fingers from Darwins. Realism is not the aim of this puzzler, and thank God it isn’t.
Tired of all those games on your iPhone/iPod Touch, but don’t feel like spending any money today on more apps? Well developer Promo Ideas’ Wild Wild Train is just your ticket then if you’re on the look out for an app that’ll keep you entertained and occupied. To celebrate their first update, they have dropped their price to FREE and now anyone can play this delightful game.
Wild Wild Train is an action-puzzle-strategy game that allows you to manage up to 3 trains while try to avoid crashes as you pickup several kinds of different color-coded cargo which then needs to be delivered to the station with the corresponding color before time runs out.
First levels are kind of easy, but don’t let this fool you; sooner than later you’ll be dealing with up to 3 trains, bombs and damsels popping up everywhere, and enough track switches on screen to make your head spin.
If you enjoy management/puzzle type games that are fun and well designed, I highly suggest you download Wild Wild Train and give this good solid game a go. With its current price tag, you definitely can’t go wrong with this great deal.
Promo Ideas, Wild Wild Train, Free, 68.6 MB
If you like physics-based games, bitforge’s first App Store offering Orbital, should be right up your alley. With awesome Geometry Wars-like graphics, this unique game has a simple concept that’s easy to understand, but much harder than it looks.
I’m a sucker for science fiction settings – it’s the type of novel I read the most, the kinds of movies I enjoy the most, and one of the types of games I’m most often drawn to. Quarqa has a great sci-fi comic book look – which is basically just window dressing for the game itself, but it really helps the overall effect of the game and raises it up from something that might just be ok, to something approaching great.
I was very anxious to play Dragon Portals when I realized it came from the same makers of the superb Azkend, hopeful that it would capture some of that same magic. It wants to be as good, and in some ways it at least tries to come close, but ultimately there are a number of things that keep it from reaching that same level.