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‘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 [...]

‘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 [...]

‘Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story’ Review: A Worthy Sequel

Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story By: Plug In Digital (Accidental Queens) Accidental Queens' A Normal Lost Phone was unique not just because it's one of a rare few games that mimic an entire smartphone, but because of the sensitive topic it explores. Without giving too much away, I will say that it was about teenagers and finding one's way in life, where one can be themselves and comfortable in their skin. It was clear to me that the developers were coming from a positive place and trying to Read more [...]

‘Karma Incarnation 1’ iOS Review: Second Time’s the Charm

Karma. Incarnation 1. By: Other Kind Games I was immediately captivated by the visuals and charm of Other Kind Games' Karma. Incarnation 1., as well as the fact that it seemed inspired by Amanita Designs' games, such as Samorost 3. Like its inspiration, the game has no words. Instead, everything is told visually through thought and speech bubbles. This is both a blessing and a curse. You play as a little soul whose beloved has been taken by evil spirits. In order to save her, he's tried to reincarnate Read more [...]

‘follow.trail’ Review: Forge Your Own Path in This Unique Puzzler

follow.trail By: Grzegorz Pykacz Over the last few years, puzzle games have become one of my favorite genres to play on my iPhone. There's no shortage of truly wonderful puzzlers on iOS, and they're usually a great fit for the platform. But with so many releasing every day, it's easy to become skeptical whether any individual game will offer anything truly new or unique and feel worthy of my time. How many Sokoban or path-drawing games can you play before they get old and feel like you've done Read more [...]