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Slice shapes with precision in puzzler sequel Ultra Sharp

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months ago
Slice shapes with precision in puzzler sequel Ultra Sharp

1Button's history is one of cleverly minimalist puzzle games and challenging arcade games; Ultra Sharp, the sequel to the oriignal Super Sharp, adds another round of physics-based challenges to that roster of titles. Much like its predecessor, Ultra Sharp presents you with dozens of stages constructed from colorful shapes, precisely placed for you to slice apart and have collapse, tumble, and fall in ways that solve puzzles. You may have to cut shapes in the best way so the pieces touch hard-to-reach stars or drop a cube into a specific area, among other objectives, but each level is a test of predicting the domino effect of shapes in motion. SImply planning your slices so shapes fall as…

Unique fantasy RPG Six Ages releases on June 28th for iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months ago
Unique fantasy RPG Six Ages releases on June 28th for iOS

First teased back in March, developer A Sharp has revealed that their ambitious RPG Six Ages is releasing quite soon, heading to the App Store later this month. Six Ages is the long awaited successor to King of Dragon Pass, set in the same fantasy but following a different tribe (this one being a horse-riding Mongol-esque culture), offering a number of refinements and improvements, and a plethora of new text to read and myths to delve into. Dragon Pass players look like they'll feel right at home with Six Ages' panel of advisors giving you guidance on matters from farming to warfare or the delicate balance of resource management, tribal expansion, and reacting to the myriad events that ca…

Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

Mobile is no stranger to experience art piece games, from Plug & Play to the recent G30. Only While Howling's vibrant art style and causal design promises a personal and human narrative. Only While Howling revolves around three characters, delving into their pysche through colorful interactive vignettes that explore each person's connections, values, struggles and sacrifices. Gameplay-wise, it's very much a causal experience designed to propel the story forward, taps and drags that cause the environments of its various illustrations to react. From psychedelic panels to scenes of domestic life, Only While Howling explores a vast gamut of imagery and themes, all told through animat…

Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

Nitrome has a long history of colorful pixel art aesthetic and simple-to-play but cleverly-designed puzzle games, and In The Dog House is a fun addition to that roster. This new tile-sliding puzzler injects a touch of spatial manipulation into the familiar formula. When you're away, your canine pets are apparently manuvering through room-flipping puzzles; In The Dog House lets you move rooms around house interiors, reordering them to create paths to the exit. While these challenges start out as simply creating hallways or stairs upward, In The Dog introduces more mechanics, from cats you need to avoid to tiles you can rotate to create new paths.  As you solve the game's 50-plus puzz…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Yellow & Red

Feature By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Yellow & Red

Bart Bonte's library of games is one of weird, quirky, tacitle puzzles, often with a focus on experimentation to discover rules and solutions. His two color-themed games Yellow and Red fit this design perfectly, offering myriad mininalist challenges. Both games feature 50 stages, all aesthetically themed as a black background overlaid by a puzzle in the games' corresponding color. Your goal is to fill the screen with a single color, but how you accomplish this goal is what makes Yellow and Red such enjoyable experiences. Every stage features a distinct rule, to be discovered and understand, to solve a puzzle; through experimental taps and swipes and observation, soon that rule or pattern…

Make Squares offers a clever twist on classic Tetris, available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Make Squares offers a clever twist on classic Tetris, available on iOS and Android

You know how to play Tetris: tetromino pieces falling from above, fitting them together to make rows, and so on. Make Squares takes those familiar pieces and delivers a unique variant that turns your understanding of the pieces and their relationship on its head. As you've probably guessed from the title, Make Squares tasks you with combining pieces into squares, and manipulating your growing central structure to catch falling tetrominoes. Most importantly, instead of rotating pieces, you rotate the larger structure, forcing you to consider orientation and how future pieces will dovetail with different sides. This change turns the familiar feeling of Tetris into a new spatial ch…

Sandbox racer Off The Road receives a gameplay trailer ahead of its July release

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Sandbox racer Off The Road receives a gameplay trailer ahead of its July release

The upcoming Off The Road looks to capture the big jumps and hill climbing of arcade offroad racing with a sandbox approach that lets you freely switch between various vehicles, in this unique racer game launching next month on iOS and Android. From speedboat to jeep to big rig to helicopter, Off The Road teases a number of different vehicles to control across its open maps, Moving between vehicles in first person, you can choose them at your leisure, simply racing freely over hills or testing your skills in challenges. Coins to collect and tricky missions like cargo hauls or narrow speedways snaking through mountaintops supplement Off The Road's sandbox design.  Off The Road will b…

Paperbark promises an illustrated adventure following a sleepy wombat when it releases on June 21st

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Paperbark promises an illustrated adventure following a sleepy wombat when it releases on June 21st

iOS has been home to more than a few relaxing, unorthodox adventure games, like the follktales of Burly Men At Sea and the text-based design of Pry. Paperbark looks to follow in those footsteps with charming story of a wombat in Australia. Guiding the stumbling gait of a cute wombat, Paperbark tasks you with exploring the underbrush and wilderness of Australia. Described as a "short story", this adventure presents its environments in an detailed watercolor aesthetic inspired by iconic landscape paintings, as you travel to new locations through the hazy summer heat.  Complementing the natural journey is an interactive library detailing the Australian Bush, teaching players about the…

World of Demons' gameplay trailer showcases stylish swordplay and painted monsters

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
World of Demons' gameplay trailer showcases stylish swordplay and painted monsters

Platinum Games revealed World of Demons last month, but this new trailer gives us a better idea of its touch-based gameplay and showes off its vibrant aesthetic more clearly. Perhaps most interestingly was the glimpse of the larger marco game of collecting minions in your "deck", to enhance and unleash in battle. Each minion brings their own style to combat; once you're on the open battlefields, players must wield magic attacks like rings of flame and slicing wind alongside special attacks that can hit multiple foes or strike for fierce damage.  Fourteen minutes video of gameplay with developmer commentary is also available online (courtesy of IGN), providing a longer look at the ev…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Barrier X

Feature By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Barrier X

Barrier X puts you in control of a vessel rocketing through an endless expanse at insane velocities, as white barriers appear with alarming speed. The ground beneath your craft turns orange as a visual warning of an upcoming barrier, giving you just enough of a warning to shift right or left and evade destruction by mere moments. It's breathless relentless action, as barriers fly past, barely a blur as you rocket onward. Survive for 15 seconds, and your reward is to go faster, an increase in speed. 30 seconds, and you unlock a new level, while 60 seconds masters that level, a true test of reflexes and reaction. Barrier's slick polished design and wonderful sense of speed would be enough t…

Battle otherworldly beasts in atmospheric action-platformer Feist

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Battle otherworldly beasts in atmospheric action-platformer Feist

Feist probably might remind you of Limbo at a glance, with its shadowed aesthetic and woodland environments, but that's where the similarities end. Rather than puzzles, Feist is all about intense brawls with relentless creatures. You're a small fuzzy being, captured by a larger species but able to escape into the hostile wilderness. At every turn, new threats lurk - vicious stinging insects, towering mole-like beasts, swarming spiders - and the only things between you and death are your agility and quick reflexes. As you leap around charging monsters, branches and pine cones become your desperately improvised weapons, giving you just enough breathing room to outmanuever and decide your ne…

Hexologic offers a colorful new variant of Sudoku-style puzzles

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Hexologic offers a colorful new variant of Sudoku-style puzzles

Logical deductions are what you need to solve Hexologic's number-based puzzles. In its increasingly tricky challenges, you must fill in its hexagonal grids with the right numbers in the right places, a task harder than it sounds. Each stage in Hexologic is crafted from connected hexagons, with numbers at the ends of rows; you need to place dots within those hexagons so they add up to the numbers. The headscratching comes from the fact that dots can interact along multiple diagonals, so figuring how where to place the correct number of dots without messing up sums horizontally or vertically can become a test of planning steps ahead. Hexologic gradually introduces new mechanics through…

Dodge stellar obstacles in the upcoming arcade game Super Starfish

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Dodge stellar obstacles in the upcoming arcade game Super Starfish

Space offers a gorgeous and dangerous gauntlet in Super Starfish, an arcade evasion game in development for iOS and Android. Controlling an agile cosmic fish, you must swim through the galaxy, dodging planets and other hazards along the way. The recently releases teaser trailer showcases a number of different obstacles you'll need to evade during Super Starfish's gameplay, from shifting planets to raining crystals. Later stages will feature more aggressive dangers, such as intermittent laser blasts that force you frantically weave around the incoming beams. Overcoming this reflex-testing challenges will reward you with various collectables, to unlock other celestial creatures to control…

Minesweeper Genius combines the logical challenges of Picross and Minesweeper, available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Minesweeper Genius combines the logical challenges of Picross and Minesweeper, available on iOS and Android

Minesweeper and Picross (and Picross-inspired games) have more than a few variants on mobile, but Minesweeper Genius blends elements of the two to create a charming and clever puzzle hybrid. Reminiscent of how Swap Sword had you navigating a character through a match-3 grid, Minesweeper Genius turns each stage into a maze of mines to manuver through, guiding broom-wielding genius Aristotle through a gauntlet of science experiments step-by-step. Similar to Picross games, numbers on the rows and colums allow you to logically deduce which tiles are either rigged to blow or safe to walk along; Minesweeper-style markers also provide additional information as the randomly-generated puzzles…

Take flight and dodge traps in physics-based vehicle platformer Animal Super Squad

News By Christian Valentin, 6 months ago
Take flight and dodge traps in physics-based vehicle platformer Animal Super Squad

Animal Super Squad is a new vehicle platformer taking cues from the absurd physics and big ramps of the Trials series, swapping helmeted rider with reckless animals in slapdash machines on wheels.  There's no motorcylce to master here; instead you choose between a daring fish, chicken, or sloth and then race along arcadey tracks in different vehicles, each with their own style to learn. The hover truck and the toilet on wheels are going to control differently enough, but either way, Animal Super Squad has you boosting and flipping through gravity deftying tracks, activating switches to destroy or change parts of the upcoming roadway. Of course, you might also be launched out of…