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Hidden Gem of the Week: Super Arc Light

Feature By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Super Arc Light

Super Arc Light's premise couldn't be more simple: there's a base in the center of the screen, there's a single turret guarding the entrance's perimeter, and there's an endless wave of geometric enemies approaching. It's a formula as old as Space Invaders, presented here in a slick minimalist style, colorful rounds contrasting against the stark black-and-white battleground. There are no extra modes to unlock, no alternate difficulties, nothing to upgrade. Super Arc Light is pure distilled shmup action. Your turret automatically travels around the base's circular entrance; holding down slows time and fires, while letting go reverses the direction of your rotation. Once you get a feel for t…

Dice and dungeon crawling abound in Fighting Fantasy Legends [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Solve tricky logic puzzles in The Sequence 2, releasing on iOS next month

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Solve tricky logic puzzles in The Sequence 2, releasing on iOS next month

The Sequence 2 is an abstract logic-based puzzler in the vein of games like SpaceChem and Perfect Paths, challenging you to construct elaborite Rube Goldberg-esque mechanisms that work in harmony to transport inputs to a waiting output. Your goal is simple: manuever a red circles across the hexagonal grid to an exit tile. But that's not so easy when you need to do so by synchronizing numerous nodes to work together to move those circles through the tight map, not just once but in repeatable cycles that don't stall mid-loop.  The nodes you place have various functions, from pushing or pulling circles to rotating their position. Combining those functions allow you to methodically…

Grimvalor is an upcoming dark fantasy action platformer from the creators of Swordigo

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Grimvalor is an upcoming dark fantasy action platformer from the creators of Swordigo

Six years after the release of charming metroidvania Swordigo, developer Touch Foo has revealed a new game, a fast and detailed action platformer called Grimvalor. The brief teaser showcases a dark fantasy world stretching from snowing cliff paths to monster-infested ruins, as you agilely leap and slice through fierce foes. An acrobatic combat system lets you dash around and dodge over enemies while unleashes powerful special attacks, while equipment and leveling up upgrades your character with new skills. The hack-n-slash teases of the trailer and images promise challenging boss fights as well, testing your prowess with the game's evasive melee while mastering each boss' attack patterns…

Interlogic is a clever matching puzzler coming soon to iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Interlogic is a clever matching puzzler coming soon to iOS

The matching puzzler is one of the familiar on mobile, and yet every once in a while, a clever hybrid finds a unique approach for the mechanic, such as Swap Sword and Six Match. Interlogic offers its own twist on the formula, combining tile-matching with Sokoban-inspired block pushing. Controlling a tiny truck, you need to make matches in each level not through swiping tiles but by pushing them with your vehicle. This change turns matches into spatial challenge that forces you to consider how to move around a level, how to precisely push tiles, and when to make matches you can make space for your truck. Increasingly tight level design, barriers, and other mechanics add further complexity…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Hexa Turn

Feature By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Hexa Turn

Hexa Turn is a minimalist logic puzzler, placing your barrier-construction abiltiies againsit a predictable AI and tricky level configurations. As a concept, Hexa Turn is quite simple: a triangle relentlessly travels the hexagon grid turn-by-turn, taking the shortest possible route towards squares on the grid. It's your job to prevent that by filling in hexagons to create barriers, blocking off the triangle's path and redirecting its approach, until you've trapped it with no viable moves forward. That's easier said than done when once Hexa Turn starts adding multiple squares to protect and larger grids for the triangle to move across. Even without the mechanics that come later, Hexa Turn…

Squirgle turns arithmetic into a hectic and hypnotic fast-paced puzzle game

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Squirgle turns arithmetic into a hectic and hypnotic fast-paced puzzle game

When you think of a math puzzler, you're probably thinking of game revolving around adding, substracting, multiplying, or maybe constructing geometric shaoes. Squirgle's approach is both familiar and abstract: combining arithemtic with a kaleidoscopic aesthetic, number bases, color matching, and a ticking clock. Squirgle looks complex at the first glance - and it does have a number of mechanics to manage - but it's simpler to imagine the shapes along the bottoms of its screen instead as numbers. A point equals 1, a line has two points and so equals 2, a triangle has three points and equals 3, and so on until looping back to the point, depending on the number base you're playing with. Your…

Up Left Out is a minimalist new take on the block-sliding from the creator of Klocki and HOOK

News By Christian Valentin, 11 months, 4 weeks ago
Up Left Out is a minimalist new take on the block-sliding from the creator of Klocki and HOOK

Klocki, HOOK, and Push all played with their familiar genre elements to deliver uniquely minimalist puzzlers with clever mechanics and the new Up Left Out does the same for block sliding puzzle games. Each of Up Left Out’s 50 stages is a collection of blocks, most marked with lines to connect like circuits rather than matching colors or more traditional objectives. Those blocks are often linked to pegs, forcing you to not just slide blocks around the stage but first figure out to how to free blocks from their pegs. This additional challenge introducing a challenging extra step to Up Left Out’s colorful puzzles. Soon, you’re also dealing with buttons that activate barrie…

Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

News By Christian Valentin, 12 months ago
Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

Mika Mobile's games have always had a unique look and style, blending their notably charming aesthetc with skillful mechanics across various genres. With Battleheart 2, they're returning to the real-time party-based RPG action of the original, now with new classes, new perks, and a vibrant new art style. While the spin-off Battleheart Legacy focused on a single hero to control, Battleheart 2 revives the original's gameplay, letting you build varied parties to tackle challenging groups of fantasy foes and difficult bosses. Choosing from twelve classes - from Necromancer to Samurai - battle is waged through precise taps. directing units and performing powerful skills to control, debuff, and…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Feature By Christian Valentin, 12 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Blockwick 2 is a clever puzzler that takes the familiar block-sliding gameplay and wrings myriad mechanics and clever challenges from that design. Every stage in Blockick presents the same challenge: manuever like-colored blocks around tight levels so they all connect in a single group. That task might be simple, perhaps even solvable through trial and error, but it's the additional objectives and mechanics that elevate Blockwick 2 to something special. Each stage has special runes hidden on the ground, presenting you with the extra challenge of discovering the specific solution that covers all the markings with the blocks. Those elements alone would make Blockwick 2 a difficult puzzler,…

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golfing journey across a ruined Earth

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year ago
Golf Club: Wasteland is a golfing journey across a ruined Earth

Golf Club: Wasteland takes the familiar side-scrolling golfing mechanics of Super Stickman Golf and Desert Golfing, and places them in a artfully-presented dilapidated Earth years after a global disaster ravaged the planet. In the far future, the rich and poweful of Mars travel back to their ruined homeworld for relaxing golfing excursions. Golf Club: Wasteland instead puts you in control of a Martian outcast golfing his way through a destroyed world. Your journey takes you from parked spacecraft to abandoned factories, the outskirts of monolithic cities to grim sewers where mysterious creature lurk. The world design has a satricial atmosphere, with background imagery and areas informed b…

Fast-paced magical combat abounds in fantasy ARPG Darkness Rises [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year ago

Master over-the-top tracks in Oddrok's Best Rally, releasing next week on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year ago
Master over-the-top tracks in Oddrok's Best Rally, releasing next week on iOS

Oddrok's Power Hover was a smartly-designed runner that used sci-fi variety and hazards to make its stages feel fast and unique. Their next major game Best Rally follows those same tenets, combining rally drifting with puzzle mechanics. Promising 31 racks, each is a short sprint of often-physics-defying racing, through loops, over jumps, around steep hairpins. Precise drifts might help you reach the end of some tracks, but Best Rally have a wealth of other surprises along the way. Moving barriers to evade mid-drift, sometimes manually activated by buttons on the road. Sinkholes in the midst of tracks threatening to drop your car into darkness. Four rally cars, leaderboards, and achivement…

Silverfish DX offers colorful arcade evasion spectacle [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year ago

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Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

 At a glance, Puzzlepops might be quick to dismiss. It seems much too sweet and charming to be a tricky and challenging puzzle game. But while it may be all familiar concepts and puzzle design, Puzzlepops delivers a bevy of satisfyingly difficult and clever brain-teasers. Along a structure of nodes and path, you need to maneuver candy pieces into the properly colored and sized spots. That last part - size - is crucial, as like candies can combine into larger chunks. On these increasingly claustrophobic grids, where space is a premium and there are different candy types clogging up paths, figuring how and where candies need to be so they can meld never ceases to a challenging aspect o…