Category Archives: iphone app review

‘Causality’ Review: If I Could Turn Back Time

Causality By: Loju Games As you might know, Snakebird was my 2016 Game of the Year. It showed me that a turn-based, seemingly simple puzzler can be tough as nails but user-friendly in every possible way. It made me more critical of the puzzle games I play, looking at them with fresh eyes. Are they just throwing everything they could think of at a player to make it seem longer? Are they punishing the player to make it seem more difficult? Is there anything between the puzzles and the player Read more [...]

‘Hidden Folks’ Review: Poke Some Folks

Hidden Folks By: Adriaan de Jongh I'll admit, I had some reservations about Hidden Folks ever since I heard about it. Even though I liked Where's Waldo as a kid, I'm not a big fan of hidden object games. And in all appearances, that's what the game seemed to be, albeit in a cute package. I saw screenshots and GIFs of it and thought it looked charming, but was worried there wouldn't be much substance outside the cute drawings. But then I saw a teaser trailer that showed off some of the sound effects Read more [...]

‘The Frostrune’ Review: I See Dead People

The Frostrune By: Grimnir Media & Snow Cannon Games If you're a follower of this blog, you probably know that I'm a big fan of point-and-click adventure games, especially atmospheric ones. I have a weak spot for pretty artwork and I love when a game can draw me in on its visuals alone. The Frostrune, a gorgeous game made by Norse developer Grimnir and published by Snow Cannon Games, is one I would have grabbed instantly based on the screenshots if I hadn't already owned and played it ahead of Read more [...]

‘Splitter Critters’ Review: How Did They Do It?

Splitter Critters By: RAC7 Games (Update, 2/4/2017: The game got some new content, discussed below.) When I got my first iPhone, it felt like magic. It still kind of does, but now it's magic I've gotten used to, that is part of my daily life. I don't often stop and ponder anymore how incredible it is that thing is able to translate my taps and swipes into very specific commands. In the same vein, most iOS games that suck me in these days feel great on the platform but don't make me contemplate Read more [...]

Aurora – Puzzle Adventure: Review

Aurora - Puzzle Adventure By: Silverback Games Let me start this review by saying that I absolutely love the idea behind Silverback Games' Aurora - Puzzle Adventure. I even love the puzzle design -- most of the time. It's creative, clever, and sometimes downright tricky. It's because I like the puzzles so much that I put up with a lot that I didn't like in order to enjoy them. There are so many things in Aurora that unnecessarily waste the player's time. There's too much forced between the player Read more [...]