Nonograms in Review – A Puzzler for people who think they don’t have time for games

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.

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SOS Penguin! gets updated with Halloween Edition + 10 promo code giveaway

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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!

SOS Penguin! Stefan Mensen, SOS Penguin!, 19.8 MB – $0.99

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Piczle Lines in Review – Drawing pictures one line at a time

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.

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Cut The Rope in review – What’s An Angry Bird?

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.

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Moonsters in Review – Who Knew Tofu Flew?

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?

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Heroes Of Kalevala in Review – Virtual Villagers meets match 3?

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 in Review – A Cool Puzzler with a Steep Learning Curve

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.

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Slideshot 2 In Review – Puzzle perfection!

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.

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Touch’n Go: Slice it! – Geometric challenge!

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.

Slice It! Com2uS Inc., Slice It!, 14.30MB – $0.99

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Alice In Wonderland – An Adventure Beyond The Mirror in Review – Up is down, left is right and the world is spinning round…

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 .

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