Monument Valley. Are you playing this? You probably should be.
This mobile game from ustwo has been out for a while, but the description of it as a casual puzzler kept me expecting yet another underwhelming freemium click-and-wait game. I missed out on months and months I could be playing Princess Ida on her beautiful puzzle path!
In each level, players are tasked with helping Princess Ida through a strange and gorgeous world towards her goal. Over time, she’ll have friends to help her and obstacles to overcome. Ida’s paths have a dreamlike, Escher quality to them, creating such pretty scenes that iam8bit has art prints based on Monument Valley levels, but they also make perfect sense as gameplay.
|Recommended by Meg Stivison||Friday, January 29th, 2016||1 Comment »|
Excuse me for being a tad behind on app games. You see, I owned a Windows phone for the past year (I know, I know–it was those yellow Lumias that hypnotized me at the store) and couldn’t do anything on it. But recently I finally chucked the phone for an iPhone and have been getting caught up again on app games. I already played popular hits like Fallout Shelter and The Silent Age, and now my latest obsession is Framed.
Released late last year, Framed has won tons of awards and has been a critically acclaimed darling amongst reviewers, so going in I already had high expectations. And since I like noir, jazz, and puzzles, I figured this was a formula that would be hard to screw up.
In Framed you’re in control of various thieves who are running away from cops. The game is presented like a comic book with animated panels for each scene. At the beginning of each page we see the events unfold panel by panel, with scenarios that usually end with you, the thief, getting caught by police. To avoid this, you must rearrange the panels to recreate the pattern of events to trigger the correct ending. It starts off easy, but like most puzzles, gets incredibly hard.
The only disappointing thing about Framed is that it’s a tad short, but if you’re a lover of puzzles and stylized silhouettes, Framed will be your new commuting companion.
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In a shocking twist of events, it turns out that if our protagonist wants to escape the darkness of her psyche and defeat the monster, she must confront her fears. Abbigale and the Monster doesn’t introduce anything new to the trope of literal monsters representing figurative demons, but nevertheless, it’s a fun top-down puzzle game with some surprisingly difficult levels.
How did Abbigale end up in this mess? Car accident, heart attack, tragic illness? No…she ate her own cooking. Abbigale and the Monster is a fairly lighthearted game, as the intro suggests. Waking up to discover that her familiar visage has been replaced with that of a monster’s, Abbigale must coordinate movements with her counterpart to escape and return to reality. Yeah, that’s right–it’s a mirror game. And around level three, the game starts throwing in other monsters at you, only these can’t be defeated with the power of positive thinking and a hug.
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How many 2D sidescrollers can you think of that have you controlling some object, using physics and gravity to solve a puzzle or get to an end-point, and come complete with typical cartoon graphics? Plenty, I’d say. Well, take that idea, put it in 3D, set it in the real world and you have Influx.
You control an orb, traveling through an island full of trees, mountains and rivers. The visuals look as pretty as any puzzle game I’ve ever seen. Oh, and there are puzzles–there are these glasshouses scattered throughout the island that need to be solved. They look challenging and well-designed, but I could probably just spend all day rolling around the island.
Influx is currently PC-only, but will be available on Mac shortly.
|Recommended by Paul Cohn||Thursday, August 1st, 2013||No Comments »|
From the makers of FatBooth, AgingBooth, and every other kind of booth you can think of, comes Planet Plop, a new arcade-puzzler for iPhone.
For all its charm, Planet Plop is devilishly tricky. It’s an endless score-chaser and plays kind of like an old Simon Says game. Your thumb rotates a flowering planet, and all you have to do is make sure the colored drops match the color of the ground as they fall. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. While the friendly Mr. Onion drops coins and power-ups to help you out, there are deadly drops that can only be stopped by mountains, and a single color mismatch will end the game.
Planet Plop will leave you cursing, but its addictive gameplay and dozens of achievements will keep you swiping.
|Recommended by Paul Cohn||Monday, July 29th, 2013||No Comments »|