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Guide a trio of critters through forest puzzles in Woodways, available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Guide a trio of critters through forest puzzles in Woodways, available on iOS and Android

A duck, fox, and buffalo meet in the forest...that isn't the start of a joke but the concept of new puzzler Woodways, currently offering cutesy yet challenging spatial brainteasers on iOS and Android. Mechanically, Woodways will feel familiar if you've played games like Quell, Yankai's Peak, and other Sokoban-inspired games; here, you manuever an animal trio with swipes, all three moving in sync in an attempt to reach waiting exit tiles. That alone would allow for cleverly-designed challenges as you navigate past teleporting wormholes, slippery ice patches, and boulder barriers, but Woodways adds another mechanic into the mix: each animal has a unique attribute that affects where and how…

Charming puzzle adventure Ittle Dew 2 is headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Charming puzzle adventure Ittle Dew 2 is headed to iOS and Android

2013's Ittle Dew brought a whimscal puzzle-focused approach to a Zelda-style formula, and now, through a recent Twitter post, developer Ludosity has revealed that its sequel is finally coming soon to mobile. Ittle Dew 2 retains the same exploration and puzzle focus of the first game, but drops the titular Ittle on a new island with new mechanics, challenges, and secrets to uncover.  Aggressive enemies and bosses test your combat skills, while your weapons double as puzzle solving tools in the game's many dungeons and puzzle rooms. As you solve its trick brain teasers and travel between the island's regions, Ittle Dew 2's story of escape unfolds through quirky inhabitants an…

Graffiti puzzler Vandals imagines tagging as turn-based challenges when it releases on April 12th

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Graffiti puzzler Vandals imagines tagging as turn-based challenges when it releases on April 12th

Vandals, Cosmografik's follow-up to the puzzle platformer Type:Rider, promises a puzzler revolving around turn-based movement and carefully-planned traversal along grids of enemies, hazards, and power-ups, in the vein of the Go games. But rather than hitmen, AI defenders, or monsters, Vandals is themed around tagging urban settings with graffiti.  Featuring levels in cities ranging from Paris to New York and Berlin, you travel long a grid of paths, each movement causing police and other dangers to move in turn. Guards, dogs, cameras, and alaram systems all stand between you, tagging, and escape, and success will require planning ahead, timing movements to evade security, an…

Devolver Digital's colorful new puzzler Umiro releases on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Devolver Digital's colorful new puzzler Umiro releases on iOS and Android

New Devolver-published puzzler Umiro was once called Recolor, and you can see why from screenshots and footage. Not only is it a game of vibrantly colorful isometric stages, its dual character gameplay pits your heroes against roaming colorless orbs in a quest to bring back color to the world. Each stage of Umiro places you control of Huey and Satura, challenging you to draw paths for both toward red and blue crystals through gauntlets of gates, switches, and black spheres. Once you press play, both characters will follow their paths automatically, so figuring out the order of their movements, when they need to pause for a moment or activates switches at the right time, is key to sol…

Guide a flame through darkness and puzzles in Candleman, now available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Guide a flame through darkness and puzzles in Candleman, now available on iOS and Android

Candleman is one of those games with a very apt title: it's a new puzzler about guiding a sentient candlestick, with legs and all, through a dangerous world. Recently released on iOS and Android, this puzzle game promises both a compelling atmosphere and a unique mechanic of being a fluttering flame in the dark. At its core, Candleman revolves around a simple mechanic, where your light only lasts ten seconds at a time. Any longer and your wax body melts, and you lose a life. With that ability, you can traverse the shadowed halls of a fairy tale world, where books and pages form paths and platforms and colorful lillies provide ambient illumination. But Candleman quickly introduces addition…

Griblers combines charming city building with board game tactics, out now on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Griblers combines charming city building with board game tactics, out now on iOS and Android

Digital board games have their own thriving little niche on mobile, from Catan to Through The Ages. Griblers takes the hex grid and board management of the genre and combines it with single player RPG and city building elements, in a new RPG released on iOS and Android. Placing you in control of a mushroom troll civilization staking their claim in the Everwoods, Griblers challenges you to build your town while handling random events, leveling up your warriors, and expanding your control of the board. As you explore the surrounding landscapes, new materials and resources allow your town to flourish and craft equipment to increase your group's power and stats. Potions and better weapons can…

Homo Machina is an artful industrial puzzler in development for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Homo Machina is an artful industrial puzzler in development for iOS and Android

Inspired by the art of Fritz Kahn, Homo Machina is an upcoming puzzle game that takes players on a journey through the body; not an organic Fantasy Voyage vision of the body but an mechanical automata, where mouth, nose, ears, heart, and other senses and parts of the anatomy are represented as industrial machinery. In the recently released trailer (Vimeo), Homo Machina presents its version of the body as a factory, where workers control machines that act as the pumping heart, as nasal ducts, as incisor blades and molar grinders. Each chapter revolves a different section and function of the body, with simple mechanics bringing each bodily function to life along with charming animations.…

Drive with style in minimalist arcade racer Absolute Drift, coming to iOS and Android this year

News By Christian Valentin, 4 weeks ago
Drive with style in minimalist arcade racer Absolute Drift, coming to iOS and Android this year

In the vein of games like Jet Car Stunts, Absolute Drift doesn't pit you against other racers but rather your own skills and challenging tracks. As the name suggests, it's all about drifting: duration, smoothness, chaining them together, and pulling off stunts in a minimalist playground of routes and jumps. Absolute Drift starts out simply, easing you into drift-based gameplay. Simply shaving seconds off time trails isn't enough; for the best scores, you'll need to pull off fluid elegant drifts, painting the white roads and environments with the curving streaks of your tires. Modulating the speed and angle of your car is paramount to mastering drifting, especially when you shift from race…

Artistic platformer Ovivo leaps onto the App Store on March 28th

News By Christian Valentin, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Artistic platformer Ovivo leaps onto the App Store on March 28th

Slated for release next week, Ovivo blends art game and challenging platformer as you gracefully leap through mysterious monochromatic environments. As an agile orb, your goal is to slide and leap through black-and-white levels, each one a winding gauntlet that zooms out to reveal your path was part of a larger tapestry. In this way, Ovivo is part mystery and part precision platformer, as you uncover more of the artwork with each jump and movement. With a tap of the screen, you pass through the ground, swapping colors and conserving momentum; this mechanic lets gracefully swoop and dive across its stages. As levels grow more complex, introducing moving platforming, copious spikes, swining…

Hyperforma is a cyberpunk arcade game headed to iOS next week

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Hyperforma is a cyberpunk arcade game headed to iOS next week

Hyperforma puts you in the headspace of a curious explorer traveling through the mysterious cyber-landscape of ancient civilization's network, presented as fast-paced and visually-stylish arcade action coming to the App Store on March 26th. Gameplay-wise, Hyperforma is essentially a brick-breaker, representing hacking as your digital avatar chipping away at the barriers protecting mainframes and other data. But instead of the classic design of your paddle below a block structure, your avatar bounces off the walls and floor while you rotate the central block structure in 3D space, You'll need to hit nodes and avoid richocheting through gaps in the firewalls that make up the side of the scr…

Playerunknown's Battleground Mobile is now available on the US App Store and Google Play

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Playerunknown's Battleground Mobile is now available on the US App Store and Google Play

After its release in China, the battle royale genre gets another contender with the arrival of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Mobile on the US (and Canada) stores for iOS and Android. PUBG Mobile retains the same popular design of its console and PC versions: 100 players parachuting onto a large map, scavenge weapons and armor and gear, and engage in tense combat to be the last remaining player. The limits of the battlefield shrinks as the conflict rages on, bringing remaining players closer and closer, shifting tactics from evasion and hiding to more aggressive close-up combat.  Powered by Unreal Engine 4, the mobile game boasts multiple graphical settings for different devices and…

King of Dragon Pass spiritual successor Six Ages receives its first teaser trailer

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
King of Dragon Pass spiritual successor Six Ages receives its first teaser trailer

King of Dragon Pass remains one of the most unique games on mobile, with its blend of 4X elements, text adventure, and complex branching choices. But it's also a port of a nearly twenty year old game. Now developer A Sharp has revealed their long-in-development successor Six Ages, slated to release on iOS later this year. At its core, Six Ages retains the same elements that made Dragon Pass so compelling. Set in the same rustic fantasy world of Glorantha, you'll manage and expand your tribe, confering with your advisors on matters of faith and law and harvest, deciding whether to stick to old traditions or create new ones as you grow your tribe and conquer lands. "Hostile gods, evil spiri…

Oddmar is another challenging charming platformer from the creators of Leo's Fortune

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Oddmar is another challenging charming platformer from the creators of Leo's Fortune

2014's Leo's Fortune was a mobile milestone, both in terms of its graphics and how the controls and platforming of its goofy mustachioed blob was well received. Now the developers of that game has revealed their next project, the Viking platformer Oddmar slated to release this spring. This Nordic adventure follows the titular warrior across vibrant gauntlets, bringing to mind the hectic stages of the Rayman games. The trailer showcases a varied array of level designs and challenges, from reflex-testing dodges through spikes and crushers to spear and axe wielding combat mixed with the fast-paced platforming. Copius saws and enemies to evade bear all the signs of tricky precision platformer…

Tin Man Games brings a wealth of gamebooks to iOS with Fighting Fantasy Classics

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Tin Man Games brings a wealth of gamebooks to iOS with Fighting Fantasy Classics

Interactive fiction has been a near constant on mobile, from the larger projects like 80 Days to the message-driven stories such as Lifeline. But before they were digital, gamebooks were the physical embodiment of the genre, combining text with stats and dice rools. We've seen expanded adaptations such as the isometric Warlock of Firetop Mountain, but the newly released Fighting Fantasy Classics offers mobile gamers to experience those original stories in text adventure fashion on iOS. Ranging from fan-favorites such as The Forest of Doom and the aforementioned Firetop Mountain to Bloodbones, Fighting Fantasy Classics lets you enjoy the dice rolls, page-turning decisions, and tons of text…

Lost In The Dungeon is the newest card game-dungeon crawler hybrid to arrive on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Lost In The Dungeon is the newest card game-dungeon crawler hybrid to arrive on iOS and Android

The card game hybrid has been a burgeoning subgenre on mobile, from 2014's Card Dungeon to this year's Meteorfall. Lost In The Dungeon is the latest notable entry, brining deeper RPG elements to the genre with its release on iOS and Android. Choosing between several classes, each with skill trees to customize for your particular build, you progress from battle to battle, gathering loot and new cards for your deck. With each playthrough, new equipment is added to the overall pool, allowing for more varied and powerful loadouts over time. Battles in Lost In The Dungeon are turn-by-turn affairs, pitting your deck and skills against groups of monsters and deadly bosses, all presented through…