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Home » Apps with tag 'puzzle game'

Narrative-driven puzzler G30 tells the story of a fading memory through clever challenges

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Narrative-driven puzzler G30 tells the story of a fading memory through clever challenges

G30 might seem obtuse at glance, but its colorful artful aesthetic is the backdrop for an ambitious and clever puzzle game that uses its mechanics to deliever a human tale. Colored lines connect with jigsaw pieces, switching between various design as you drag on the line. With drag, you piece together a shape, and with each correct shape, G30's story unfolds on the screen. It's a narrative about a fading memory, about remembering and consciousness, and your puzzle solving brings new context to the text. Its minimalst art style and piecemeal story structure is designed with intent, attempting to represent the nature of remembering fragments of memories, snapping into place and revealing th…

Fracter is a minimalist isometric puzzle adventure headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
Fracter is a minimalist isometric puzzle adventure headed to iOS and Android

In a mysterious environment of glossy black architecture and glaring illuminations, a young woman explores and solves puzzles in the upcoming game Fracter, in development for iOS and Android. Controlling the young wanderer, it's your goal to navigate this shadowy labyrinthine structure and discover its secrets, solve puzzles along the way, and bring light to the darkness. With each new room, weird new technology found, and staircase descended, Fracter reveals new tricky new challenges and creepy imagery. Not much is known about the story, but glowing-eyed figures lurking in the darkness and crawling being scuttering in the shadows hint at a dark past to uncover. Fracter doesn't have a re…

Puzzle game Shadowmatic is receiving an eons-spanning expansion this Thursday

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
Puzzle game Shadowmatic is receiving an eons-spanning expansion this Thursday

2015's Shadowmatic was an interesting puzzle game, that combined a calm pace and detailed graphics with a unique mechanic revolving around shadows and perspective. Three years later, the game is getting a hefty update with the new Other Worlds chapter, adding new levels later this week.  Every stage in Shadowmatic follows the same premise: a collection of oddly shaped figures and structures, constructed from various materials, hang in the air, their shadows projected onto the wall of the room where the puzze is situated. By rotating the pieces and rotating their position in the air, you can combine their weird amorphous shadows into the silhouette of a familiar shape,…

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle releases on Android this Friday

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 1 week ago
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle releases on Android this Friday

Slayaway Camp was a sliding block puzzler themed after the tropes of the slasher horror genre, featuring a masked killer and stylized gore as you figured how out to navigate tight maps. Now the developers are bringing a new horror movie-themed puzzle game to Android (and iOS worldwide, following an US release earlier this year) with Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle.  As you might guess by the title, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is inspired by the classic movie series, featuring over a hundred puzzles with you in control of the hockey-masked Jason and hunting victims in locations around Camp Crystal Lake and beyond. Mechanically, you move Jason with swipes that slide his hul…

Sling Ming is a swinging sci-fi story-driven puzzler headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Sling Ming is a swinging sci-fi story-driven puzzler headed to iOS and Android

Exploring an alien planet looks to be a charmingly fun affair in the upcoming Sling Ming, an "on-rails" adventure following a brave traveler through the mysterious environments of another world by way of oxygen pipelines. Each of the game's fifty-plus stage is a gauntlet of enemies, hazards, and puzzle elements navigated by dragging nodes to alter your path, as your titular hero swings along the pipes; timing your movement between nodes with the arc of her swing is as important as where you place nodes, letting you collect coins or dodge projectiles with your back-and-forth motions. As the narrative moves from the sunny exteriors to the deadly caverns and alien ruins within, Sling Ming in…

Minimalist puzzler Bloki brings spatial challenges to iOS and Android when it releases next month

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Minimalist puzzler Bloki brings spatial challenges to iOS and Android when it releases next month

Blocki looks to be an intriguing absract puzzle game slated for release on mobile in May, presenting block stacking and molding mechanics in its recent teaser trailer. Your goal is to build a structure from different colored blocks, twisting and turning, shrink and expanding the shape to create a design that connects with a formation of like-colored prisms. Flipping into position and then shifting blocks around looks to be a unique challenge compared to similar games, and future stages will add to the difficulty with color-switching tiles and obstactles to deal with. While the mechanics look like they might be tricky to grasp, Blocki promises to be a game in the zen pacing category of puz…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks 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…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 3 weeks 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…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 3 weeks 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.…

Bad North brings tactical island defense to mobile later this year

News By Christian Valentin, 5 months, 1 week ago
Bad North brings tactical island defense to mobile later this year

Playing as vikings in games is often an exercise in raids, feuds, Jarl politics, and bloody combat, but the upcoming Bad North places you in the opposite side of that scenario: defending your island havens from the overwhelming viking threat through careful strategy. Upon procedurally-generated isles, you must tactically position your limited forces, protecting nobles and common folk while maximizng your defenses through height advantages and unit placement. And then the violent invaders arrive on your shores, drenching the island landscapes in blood as you manage chokepoints, retreats, and flanking manuevers in real time. But it's Bad North's stylish minimalist aesthetic that completes…

Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review

Review Cartoon Network By Alex Beech, 3 years, 11 months ago
Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Review

It was great being a kid. We could talk to our dog in the street without people thinking were crazy, and on our birthday we could eat cake for breakfast without feeling guilty. Its this sense of wonder and delight that Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake instantly awakens - except, as the name suggests, there will be no cake because monsters have stolen it. Taking control of a young boy named Niko, you follow your trusty dachshund Bazooka in search of your missing cake. The innocent story s…

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Relive the '80s iOS-style with adventure puzzler MacGyver Deadly Descent

News By Alex Beech, 4 years ago
Relive the '80s iOS-style with adventure puzzler MacGyver Deadly Descent

FairPlay Media’s new adventure puzzle game is inspired by that most resourceful of '80s TV icons, MacGuyver. Based on the TV show, MacGuyver Deadly Descent puts you in the shoes of agent Angus MacGyver as he tries to stop a computer virus from destroying the top secret D.A.W.N laboratory. Naturally, it's up to you to infiltrate the facility, solve the puzzles therein, and save the day. Think Secret Agent Professor Layton, and you'll get the picture. Six categories of puzzles will test your logic, memory, and ingenuity while you descend into the complex's depths. If you are of “of weak character”, the game also links to a free cheat app to help you through its more…

Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

News By Alex Beech, 4 years, 1 month ago
Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

Hyper Square, a frantic twitch based puzzle game from Team Signal, is out now on the App Store. The gameplay revolves around swiping squares into portals to make them disappear. While the basics may seem easy, however, Team Signal adds increasingly more complex layers of mechanics, requiring you to resize and rotate tiles against the clock before flinging them into the requisite portal. Hyper Square’s vibrant aesthetic keeps the gameplay visually interesting and exciting, while also managing to increase its sense of urgency with its pulsing lines and colours. Despite this it remains quite minimal, ensuring that even at its most fraught you are able to follow what is going on.…

Hitman GO Review

Review SQUARE ENIX INC By Alex Beech, 4 years, 2 months ago
Hitman GO Review

Hitman GO is not the game fans of the series might expect. Rather than take the form of a standard third-person action game, Hitman GO plays out like a strategic board game. You begin by selecting a contract. Each of these mission play out on their own uniquely styled board. The settings range from a country club setting to more industrial locations, each with their own tile sets and enemy types. The goal is to guide Agent 47’s through the grid-based play area to his…

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Word Monsters Review

Review Raketspel AB By Alex Beech, 4 years, 2 months ago
Word Monsters Review

Rovio's latest addition publishing adventure is the fiendishly tricky word game Word Monsters. Developed by Raketspel, this free-to-play puzzler blends wordsearch gameplay with gravity manipulation, creating a game that demands fast thinking and forward planning. You have to find all of the words in each of Word Monster's tile puzzles. Each round has a theme - one may have you searching for animals, while another will be spent locating girls' names. This does make things tricky at fir…

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