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‘Vignettes’ Review: Much More Than Meets the Eye

Vignettes By: Armel Jestin (Pol Clarissou Armel Gibson) Vignettes, Pol Clarissou's and Armel Gibson's "toyish surprise-o-rama," is a game I'd been looking forward to for a long time, though I wasn't sure how much of a game it would be. I liked the idea of shapeshifting objects, but I've played other toy-like pieces of interactive art that didn't offer enough challenge to feel like a game. So I kept my expectations low. But I'm happy to say that Vignettes is very much a game and that I will fight Read more [...]

‘Pavilion: Touch Edition’ Review: Almost There

Pavilion: Touch Edition By: Visiontrick Media AB Visiontrick Media's Pavilion combines two things I love -- puzzles and gorgeous, surreal artwork. On paper, everything looks great and should be an easy game to recommend. And it still is, but with some reservations. There's a lot that Pavilion gets right. It's just as atmospheric as you would expect, from the art to the music to the animations and sound effects. Even the puzzles are often interesting. But there are some control issues that, coupled Read more [...]

‘Onirim – Solitaire Card Game’ iOS Review: An Asmodee Game That Feels Perfect on Touchscreen Devices

Onirim - Solitaire Card Game By: Asmodee Digital A lot of board games have been making their way over to iOS lately. Some are better than others, but most suffer from the simple fact that they were originally designed to be played with friends in the same room. Some digital games do still offer that and if you have friends to play it with that way, they can be a good, cheap substitution of the physical board game. But if you don't, or if the games can only be played through online multiplayer, Read more [...]

‘Typeshift’ Review: A Fantastic Word Game Collaboration Between Zach Gage and Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Typeshift By: Zach Gage Zach Gage's Typeshift is the latest addition to Apple's indie game showcase that's been in progress for about a week. I got it a few days early and, even though I'm playing about fifteen games at the moment, I keep getting pulled back to this one. The game's stats tell me I've invested over five hours into the game already! It's especially good for winding down in bed, and I know it's time to shut off my phone and call it a night when I'm unable to think of any words. Basically, Read more [...]

‘Mushroom 11’ iOS Review: It’s Loads of Fun, Guys!

Mushroom 11 By: Untame You've probably heard me say this a lot: I hate platformers. It's incredibly rare for me to finish one. I usually try some because the graphics are impressive or the game just looks interesting, maybe has a theme I relate to. But I give up on most of them fairly early on. The exceptions are those that use some platforming ideas but are designed around the strengths of a touch screen instead of just trying to jam a traditional platformer onto a mobile device. Games like Telepaint Read more [...]