‘Whispers of a Machine’ Review: You Are What You Say

Whispers of a Machine By: Raw Fury / Clifftop Games / Faravid Interactive I always appreciate when we mobile gamers get a game at the same time as other platforms, especially when it's something that took a lot of time and effort to make. There's no shortage of free, shallow hidden object games in the App Store, but the full-blown, satisfying point-and-click adventures usually get ported over months or years later, if…

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‘Twelvesmith’ Review: It’s a Numbers Game

Twelvesmith By: Flippfly, LLC About a month ago, I got access to a game called Twelvesmith from Flippfly, the makers of Race the Sun and Evergarden. I didn't even know they were working on a new game, but I started playing and was instantly hooked. I enjoyed both of their previous projects, but neither was designed for mobile first. They were both cross-platform games that worked in landscape mode and weren't really…

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‘Photographs – Puzzle Stories’ Review: Capturing Humanity’s Flaws

Photographs - Puzzle Stories By: EightyEight Games LTD / Luca Redwood What does the word "photograph" make you think of? For me -- and probably most people -- it's happy memories. You take snapshots of your joyful moments to look back at them later, or perhaps use them to see someone's face when you can't be with them in person. In the Facebook, Instagram and selfie age, photos are used to make…

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‘Tick Tock: A Tale for Two’ Review – Prime Time

Tick Tock: A Tale for Two By: Other Tales Interactive None of my local friends are really into playing video games, so my gaming experiences are usually private -- if you don't count the fact that I record and upload them to YouTube. While I enjoyed Runescape and some lesser-known massive multiplayer games as a kid, these days I prefer to just chill on my couch with my iPad in my lap,…

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‘Avo!’ Review: ‘Cado This World

Avo! By: Playdeo Full motion video (FMV) games and interactive television really do seem to be getting popular, what with Netflix's Bandersnatch bringing it mainstream. Just last week, I reviewed The Shapeshifting Detective, the latest murder mystery to get ported over to iOS. Now we have one geared at kids, and it's about a sentient avocado that you can control. I'm a fully grown adult without any children and I had a…

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‘The Shapeshifting Detective’ Review: The Truth is Out There

The Shapeshifting Detective By: Wales Interactive Ltd. I didn't realize how enjoyable full motion video (FMV) games could be until I played Contradiction on my iPad, and later Her Story. Though very different games, they both use live footage to make you feel like you're part of the story or playing an interactive movie. FMV seems especially popular with murder mysteries, and that's also true of the latest one to make it…

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‘STAY: Are you there?’: I Was, But Not Anymore (Review)

STAY: Are you there? By: Appnormals / Plug In Digital I didn't really know what to expect from Appnormals' choice-based text adventure, STAY: Are you there?, but it hooked me right away. There's no time wasted getting to the action. A man named Quinn is kidnapped and locked in a room with a computer that, for some reason, allows him to communicate with you and you alone. It's a cross between a…

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‘Pipe Push Paradise’ iOS Review: Perfectly Perplexing Portable Plumbing Puzzles

Pipe Push Paradise By: Digerati Distribution / Corey Martin Ever since Snakebird stole my heart with its hardcore but user-friendly puzzles, I've been hoping that more PC puzzlers would make their way over to iOS. I'm still waiting on Stephen's Sausage Roll, as I'm told it's the gold standard. But another one that's been brought to my attention a few times is Pipe Push Paradise and, out of the blue, a mobile…

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