Category Archives: iPhone Game Reviews

‘Campfire Cooking’ Review: Mmm Toasty!

Campfire Cooking By: Layton Hawkes Layton Hawkes got my attention with his first game, Puzzlepops!, an ingenious puzzler that features seemingly innocent candy that you push along tracks to goals. It was the perfect one-handed game, and I had very little to complain about. So I was thrilled when the sequel released with a Halloween theme and even trickier puzzles. Now Layton's back with a new game that still centers around sweets (I hope he has a good dentist), but takes things away from the Read more [...]

“PUSH” Review: Keep Pushing My Buttons

"PUSH" By: Maciej Targoni & Michal Pawlowski You might know Maciej Targoni from his games HOOK or klocki, both minimalistic puzzlers that have no instructions and count on you figuring things out through experimentation. Michal Pawlowski also released a puzzle game called Zenge, which similarly doesn't hold your hand but is relaxing and never punishing. Considering how much these games have in common, it makes sense that the two developers have now teamed up to create a new puzzler called PUSH. As Read more [...]

‘Thimbleweed Park’ iOS Review: Retro Point-and-Click Gaming for the Modern Age

Thimbleweed Park By: Terrible Toybox (Ron Gilbert) As a point-and-click adventure fan, I knew I was supposed to be excited about Thimbleweed Park when it was announced, but I'd be lying if I didn't say I had mixed feelings. As I mentioned here, I didn't grow up on LucasArts games, but rather those like Broken Sword. So I don't have any nostalgic attachment to the retro art or old school action verb controls. On the contrary, I saw that list of verbs covering a third of the screen and part of Read more [...]

‘Flower’ iOS Review: A Source of Inspiration

Flower By: Annapurna Interactive (thatgamecompany) I never owned any PlayStation consoles, so even though thatgamecompany's relaxing Flower released back in 2009, I didn't get to play it until it arrived on iOS this week, eight years later. I wasn't really sure what to expect, as I haven't played anything by thatgamecompany, even their most popular, Journey. I was a little concerned about the tilt control scheme, as I usually avoid games with those. But I wanted to give Flower a chance since I Read more [...]

‘Kensho’ Review: A Gorgeous Puzzler That’s Missing a Little Something

Kenshō By: FIFTYTWO What first attracted me to FIFTYTWO's new puzzle game, Kenshō, were the gorgeous animations and lovey music in the App Store trailer video. I'm happy to say that that the game delivers every bit on both accounts. But what's hard to tell from that video is what that gameplay would be like, and that's unfortunately where the game falters a bit. In Kenshō, you're following the story of a robotic cube as he travels around, meeting other creatures like a deer or hummingbird. Read more [...]