Category Archives: iPhone Game Reviews

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 [...]

‘Swap Sword’ Review: Matchy Slashy

Swap Sword By: Alec Thomson If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I'm a big fan of match-three games, but not the kind that you see in abundance in the App Store. I prefer the deeper games that rely on skill (and a bit of luck), where you can't buy your way ahead. Since most match-three games are free with timers and pay-to-win in-app purchases (IAP), I perk up at the slightest whiff of a game without any of that nonsense. The hardcore match-three RPG, Hero Emblems, Read more [...]

Little Briar Rose Review: Stained Glass Beauty

Little Briar Rose By: Mangatar What you'll notice first about Elf Games Works' and Mangatar's point-and-click adventure, Little Briar Rose, is the art style that's meant to mimic stained glass, the kind you see in the beginning of Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast. But that's not the fairy tale being told here. Instead, it's a version of the tale better known as Sleeping Beauty, in which a princess is put into a deep slumber by a wicked fairy and can only be awakened by true love's kiss. Read more [...]

unWorded: Review

unWorded By: Bento I really wanted to love French developer Bento Studio's narrative puzzle game, unWorded. The idea sounded intriguing -- forming images out of letters. The first few seconds of the game had me thinking, "wow this is going to be something special." I could barely contain my excitement. I mean, just watch the opening scene in the video I made below. There's a face that explodes into letters. It's provocative. It set my expectations soaring. And then shortly after, everything fizzled. Read more [...]

Replica Review: Dig Deeper. No, Deeper Still.

Replica : A Little Temporary Safety By: Zero Rock Entertainment (SOMI) My experience with SOMI's surveillance game, Replica, has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. I was really looking forward to the game when I first heard about it and was disappointed when it turned out that mobile players would have to wait longer for it than PC players would. Then, when I finally got my hands on the game, it was right after the recent election and I just couldn't bring myself to play any games, much less Read more [...]