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Home » Apps with tag 'puzzler'

Slice shapes with precision in puzzler sequel Ultra Sharp

News By Christian Valentin, 4 days, 15 hours 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…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 4 days 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…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 6 days 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…

Kontrast turns minimalist drawings into short intriguing puzzles

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Kontrast turns minimalist drawings into short intriguing puzzles

Kontrast is a short and unusual puzzle game available now on iOS and Android, eschewing traditional design to present you with stylish illustrations and simple challenges focused on playful experimentation. Each of Kontrast's seven stages is a monochrome abstract illustration, moving in a subtle rhythm; a light fixture swings to and fro, cloaking areas in shadow, a geometric constructure rotates and tumbles, among other elements. Your goal is to guide a ball through these odd drawings, but the challenge is figuring out how to actually accomplish that goal; tapping and dragging on parts of each drawing reveals parts that can be moved and manipulated to create a path. Discovering the secret…

Tiny Bubbles turns popping bubbles into a brain-teasing color-matching challenge

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Tiny Bubbles turns popping bubbles into a brain-teasing color-matching challenge

At first glance, Tiny Bubbles might seem like a predictable game: bright colors, bubbles to pop, matches to make. But don't be fooled by that cute and colorful presentation; Tiny Bubbles offers cleverly-designed challenges and surprisingly nuanced mechanics, available now on iOS. Built on a foundation of accurate soap-bubble physics, Tiny Bubbles presents you with a number of objectives revolving around careful matches through precise pops. Some stages take you with shrinking bubble structures to fit within a specific areas, others ask you to remove all bubbles from the screen or match a certain number of same-colored bubbles, but all require you to understand the nuance of its simple cen…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Prune

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Prune

Prune is one of those games that can easily stand alongside titles like Monument Valley, The Room, Framed, as unique puzzle games designed both to be accessible withoit being too easy and to be feel well-suited as an experience on mobile througn clever touch controls. Prune's core concept is an appealing one: grow a tree, lead it to the light and watch its flowers bloom. Swiping on the screen lets you perform the titular action, slicing away branches to steer the growing tree towards the sunlight, within narrow passages, and around obstacles. Prune's simple to grasp design doesn't preclude it from challenge though. Red spheres threaten to infect your tree, powerful winds blend branches, g…

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

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 2 weeks 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…

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

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

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbox

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbox

Blackbox's unassuming first impressions presents the player with a black background and colored squares,  but as you begin to explore its puzzles, Blackbox reveals itself to be something unique special: a puzzle games where none of its challenges are solved by interacting with the screen, but instead with every other sensor and function on your phone.. Other games like The Room have used touch controls to let player tactilely manipulate  with items and puzzle boxes, but this game's clever twist turns the phone itself into a puzzle box, where experimenting with its different switches and features is how you discover solutions. Rotating your device, interacting with volume buttons…

Colorful puzzler Nano Golf is Nitrome's newest release on iOS and Android

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Colorful puzzler Nano Golf is Nitrome's newest release on iOS and Android

Nitrome's bread and butter has always been its quirky interesting puzzlers and arcade games, and their newly published game Nano Golf looks to continue that trend. With each course being a tight mini-puzzle and with only a limited number of strokes, this golf puzzler brings varied physics-based golf challenges to iOS and Android. Nano Golf's vivid pixel art courses start off relatively simply, not much different than commom mini golf stages with hills and windmills. But then speed boosting areas get introduced, with myriad other mechanics to follow, from golf carts chasing behind your ball to portals and switches and ghost copies of your ball and spikes and much more. While you might be a…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Perfect Paths

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months, 4 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Perfect Paths

If you've played the (sadly no longer available) port of SpaceChem or the rail-drawing puzzler Trainyard, Perfect Paths may feel familiar despite its potential confusing UI and mechanics. Much like those, this is a methodical logic-based puzzle game, challenging you to splice together nodes amid limited space. At its most basic level, your goal is actually quite simple. All you have to do is move the colored blocks onto the similar-colored tiles on the grid. This is a game of step-by-step planning, of counting turns and meticulously setting up your commands and paths. It's the kind of game where, once you know how all the elements work together, you could succeed on your first try if you…

Hidden Gem of the Week: SPL-T

Feature By Christian Valentin, 3 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: SPL-T

Simogo's games - from Year Walk to text-twisting Device 6 - are defined by how they use the touch interface to deliver unique narrative experiences. At a glance, the high score-chasing nature of SPL-T doesn't appear to be a Simogo title, but as you learn its rules, the game reveals itself to be as unique as any of their other games. Your first attempt at SPL-T is likely to be confusing; its gameplay seems as simple as its minimal appearance. The core concept to understand as that you earn points by splitting the screen into halved blocks. These halves alternate between horizontal and vertical splits, and by dividing an area into four or more equally-sized blocks, they become marked with a…

Cops and robbers gets a strategic upgrade in upcoming puzzler City Cops

News By Christian Valentin, 3 months, 1 week ago
Cops and robbers gets a strategic upgrade in upcoming puzzler City Cops

At a glance, City Cops may seem reminiscent of railway puzzlers like Mini Metro and Trainyard, but rather than guiding and creating tracks, this puzzle game tasks you With outmaneuvering and catching bad guys. Each stage of City Cops presents you with a railroad map, intersecting tracks where robbers are attempting to flee, and two officers for you to control. Using the subway tracks, you must carefully position your cops to cut off the escaping criminals; working in sync to block off stations and intercept robbers is your task, and in figuring when and where to make your moves lies the increasingly tricky strategy of City Cops‘ puzzles. As you progress, special power-ups expand yo…

Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

Ian MacLarty’s past games like Boson X and Black Hole Joyrider have all taken uniquely different angles on the runner genre, whether it’s the former‘s rotating gauntlets or Joyrider’s limited-fuel races. His newest iOS title, Dissembler, shifts from hectic arcade action to colorful minimalist puzzles, but maintains the trend of taking a different approach with its genre. At its core, Dissembler is a matching puzzler, challenging you to shift tiles and match colors. But rather than new tiles appearing or the goal of a high score, Dissembler presens you with over a hundred single-screen collages and asks you to break down the design tile-by-tile, until none remain. T…