Hi everyone! Looks like another week of summer has passed. 🙁 We’ve been having some great spring-like weather, though, so I’ve been trying to enjoy it between games. I still managed to get a lot done, so here’s another installment of My Week Unwrapped for you to peruse.
There’s a lot to like about Lozange Lab’s Swim Out. It’s a slick, stylish summery puzzler with a ton of variety to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, a few poor design choices hold it back for me from being a must-have. There’s no undo button or checkpoints and larger levels can quickly become tedious. I still recommend reading my in-depth review to see if it’s something you’d like. There are over a hundred levels and they’re all unlocked from the start, so even if you don’t finish it, you should at least be able to get your money’s worth from it if you don’t give up too fast. I also have a walkthrough guide for those who decide to take the plunge.
I might have had similar complaints about Grzegorz Pykacz’s minimalistic puzzler, follow.trail had it not included a very user-friendly undo button. But since it does, it’s a creative game that encourages experimentation as it asks you to make your own path when the one laid out for you is incomplete. It also has a seemingly endless number of levels — 9,999,999, I believe — so it should keep you busy for quite some time! You can read my full review here and get some help from my walkthrough guide here.
I wrote about SnakekanS last week, but I’ve since completed the entire game except for the last level. I also updated my walkthrough so it now includes the first thirty levels. If you’re looking for a tight puzzler that won’t hurt your wallet or waste your time with tons of filler, this is a great choice. While some of the larger levels could use an undo button, most are small enough that it shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. I do plan to complete my walkthrough once I solve the last level, but the game also includes vague yet helpful hints that highlight the animals you should eat first, without telling you the exact order. That’s all the help you’ll get from it. I admit I used those hints sometimes, and certain levels still had me stumped for a while even with them. There are only fifty levels in the game, but each one will give your brain a workout. I highly recommend it.
Alper Iskender’s Wordgraphy offers a twist that makes it stand out from all the other cookie-cutter word game sour there. You’re given letters around a board and have to swap them around until all rows and columns make legitimate words. I’ve encountered a few issues where words weren’t recognized even though they would have fit the rest of the puzzle. But for the most part, it’s well-made game that offers something different but not overly challenging for word game fans. It reminds me a bit of Sidewords, but a lot more easy-going. It’s free to play with ads (and IAPs to remove them), so check it out and see if it’s something you like.
Part Time Monkey Oy’s Silly Walks features cute little walking food that you have to help get around the kitchen. What makes it stand out is that you control the character by tapping to switch legs. I’m sure there’s an audience for it, but I’m not a big fan of awkward controls and I deleted it pretty quickly. Still, it’s free to try, so give it a chance and see if you warm up to it more than I did.
Russell King’s Taps is a very minimalistic puzzler about numbers. It reminds me a little of Minesweeper. Each level gives you a grid at the top with some numbers. You need to tap the squares on the bottom grid to make the numbers match the top. Each tap adds 1 to that spot and four spots surrounding it. So the game is about figuring out the correct placement of the ones to add up to the numbers you need. It’s not a bad game, but I have so many puzzle games that are holding my interest more, so I haven’t spent much time with it. I’m also not a fan of the timers, as I just want to relax with my puzzle games and the timers add stress. You can watch my video below to see if it looks like something you’d enjoy.
Full Throttle Remastered
I spent a bit more time with Double Fine’s Full Throttle Remastered, but progress is moving very slowly. The in-game hints are not helpful, and I’m starting to lose interest a bit. I keep setting off an alarm when trying to get gas and I don’t see any way to get to it. I still might come back to the game, but other adventure games are holding my attention at the moment.
The game I mentioned above that’s holding my attention is Wadjet Eye’s Technobabylon, which is releasing in a few days. This is the farthest I’ve gotten on any of their games and I’m really enjoying it. But I’ll leave my thoughts for my review.
I should also mention that, at least for now, I’m no longer posting on a certain forum I used to frequent. So if you want to make sure you see all my videos, walkthroughs and reviews, the best way to do so is to subscribe to my mailing list to get emails when I post something new. You can also subscribe to me on YouTube and follow me on Twitter to see my immediate reactions on games I’m playing. And, as always, the best way you can help if you like something you see is to share it with others. That’s everything for now! I’ll see you back here next week with more of My Week Unwrapped. Continue below for a few noteworthy games sales.
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Why are you no longer posting on TA forum? You have also been a big part of that community. What changed?
It felt like a hostile environment for me for a long time now. Also got tired of my discussions being deleted. Massive waste of time. I tried cutting back on posting to avoid altercations, but then got scolded for not being active enough, posting too many videos. So I decided I should just make a clean break.
(Btw, I edited your comment just because I don’t want this to lead to more headache if certain people find it.)
You really are my go to gaming guru, if they aren’t valuing your contributions & opinions, their loss really. You often highlight games that get lost elsewhere, if they are even talked about at all.
Keep doing you! You shouldn’t have to change anything . Most forums lack moderation letting trolls & bullies cause chaos. Too many come looking for a conflict/fight rather than having discussions …..forget em