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The Thursday Find - Ticket to Earth

By , on March 16, 2017

Oh Thursday, you beautiful lumbering beast. So full of hope for the days that follow, so full of rage for the things that have passed before it. Or something like that, I don't know. All I know is Thursday means it's time for the Thursday Find.

This week, thanks in part to the App Store indie game take-over, there have been an awful lot of really, really good games coming out. But I think this one is definitely the one you should be playing.

It's called Ticket to Earth, and it's a mesmerising mix of puzzler and RPG. There are more words about it in the paragraphs below this one. Oh, and click on the game's emboldened name in a few words time and you'll be able to grab it from the App Store.

Ticket to Earth - £3.99 / $3.99

Ticket to Earth is set in the future, when a strange cult called The Movement teaches young people to see the grid. The grid is essentially a set of coloured tiles, and it's up to you to use it to smash up robots and criminals and restore some kind of order to a planet gone mad.

Yes, it's a match-stuff puzzler with RPG elements, but it manages to blend the two genres so brilliantly well that it's unlike anything you've ever played before.

You trace a path for your character on the multi-coloured grid, following lines of tiles of the same hue. This charges up your attack power, and gives your special moves a boost.

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The game is smart and wonderfully well put together. It looks lovely, it's really well written, and its challenges mix tactics and puzzling in innovative and exciting ways.

I know a lot of you are going to be put off by the fact it's a puzzle RPG, but you really shouldn't be. This is a premium experience, about as far removed from the likes of Puzzle Quest as a game can be while still slotting into the same genre.

Basically, this is one of the best iOS games I've played in a very long time, and you should go and grab it right this second. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here