‘Beyond a Steel Sky’ Review: Qdos All Around

Beyond a Steel Sky By: Revolution Software I'm a big fan of the classic point-and-click adventure series, Broken Sword, and even still have my copy of the original on Game Boy Advance. But for some reason, I never played Revolution Software's earlier game, Beneath a Steel Sky, which released 26 years ago. It's been on iOS for while now, but as a spoiled modern gamer, it always looked a bit dated to…

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‘The Almost Gone’ Review: Diorama Drama

The Almost Gone By: Happy Volcano / Playdigious There are some games you know are made for you just from a couple of screenshots or GIFs. That's how it was with The Almost Gone from Happy Volcano and Playdigious. I'd been eagerly awaiting its release since I first caught glimpse of it, with its single-screen dioramas and low-poly art style. After playing through it, I can tell you it was certainly worth…

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‘Little Orpheus’ Review: You’re in for an Adventure, Comrades!

Little Orpheus By: Sumo Digital / The Chinese Room Sumo Digital and The Chinese Room somehow managed to keep a tight lid on their latest Apple Arcade title, Little Orpheus, until the very last moment, so I hadn't the slightest clue what to expect from it. Their teasers in the days leading to its release included cryptic quotes and two-dimensional artwork that turned out to be from the game's opening theme, but…

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‘ALTER: Between Two Worlds’ Review – Into the Multiverse

ALTER: Between Two Worlds By: Crescent Moon Games / Fivestones Games Fivestones Games made quite the first impression this week when they released their debut mobile game, a hand-drawn puzzler called ALTER: Between Two Worlds. It has you playing as Ana, a woman with the ability to warp between parallel dimensions that occupy the same space. By pushing cubes around, hitting switches and manipulating lasers, she can prove her mastery over enemies…

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‘High Rise – A Puzzle Cityscape’ Review: Reach for the Sky

High Rise - A Puzzle Cityscape By: Florian Grolig Match-three games are one of my favorite genres to play on my iPhone when I have a few minutes to kill here and there. But I'm not talking about the free-to-play Candy Crush or its myriad of knock-offs. When a match-three game sucks me in and holds my attention, it's because it pushes the genre beyond what we're all used to. Match Six…

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‘Kingdom Two Crowns’ iOS Review: Long Live the Queen!

Kingdom Two Crowns By: Raw Fury Back in 2017 when Kingdom: New Lands (KNL) made its way over to iOS, I was impressed with the gorgeous pixel art, eerie soundtrack, and even the core gameplay loop. I liked the combination of actively running around to manage a kingdom, but not having to micromanage every worker. And while the short day and night cycles could be stressful, it kept the game moving at…

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‘Worm Jazz’ Review: Don’t Worry, It’ll Grow Back

Worm Jazz By: Inconspicuous There are so many puzzle games in the App Store that I start and forget about long before completing them. But just a few minutes into Inconspicuous' Worm Jazz, I knew that wouldn't be the case here. Though I got interrupted by other games and didn't get to spend as much time with it as I wanted when it first released, I chipped away at it over the…

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‘Hue – A Color Adventure’ iOS Review: Color Me Frustrated

Hue - A Color Adventure By: BadLand Publishing / Fiddlesticks A while back, Fiddlesticks' Hue appeared in the pre-order section of the App Store without any warning. I had heard good things about it on other platforms, but never knew an iOS port was in the works. As a puzzle fan, I was excited about the news, especially since the game features a unique mechanic that has you messing around with colors…

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