The Guides + Compendium: Game Review

The Guides By: Kevin Bradford and Luke Lisi I got my hands on the cryptic puzzle game The Guides a couple weeks before release. I was instantly intrigued and excited at the prospect of a puzzle game that was designed around mobile devices. I loved the idea that everything I needed to know is contained inside the app, since I've been turned off by similar games that required too much outside knowledge.…

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MechaNika Review: Not As Innocent As She Appears

Psychotic's MechaNika By: Mango Protocol MechaNika, by Mango Protocol, is a very odd little game. It has a cutesy, hand-drawn cartoon appearance which can be misleading. The game is packed to the brim with character, but it has a 17+ rating for good reason. The first tip-off that there's more to this game than meets the eye might be when Nika, the protagonist, calls her schoolteacher useless. Soon after that, she gets…

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Prune Review: A Deceptively Challenging Piece of Puzzle Art

Prune By: Joel Mcdonald My first impression of Prune was that it's going to be more art than game. I got some very strong Monument Valley vibes from it, especially with its minimalistic icons and very similar camera feature. That would be fine, as I do love games as art. But as I progressed, the levels got significantly more challenging. Like any good puzzle game, it throws new elements at you every…

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The Long Siege: Review

The Long Siege By: Anomaly Studios Pte Ltd Match-three games are my go-to games for trains, waiting in line, lying in bed and similar settings. The problem is that the majority of them these days are filled with consumable in-app purchases (IAPs) that I don't have any patience for. So I'm always on the lookout for a good premium match-three without IAPs. My absolute favorite is Hero Emblems, but I ran out…

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Brain It On! Review: Draw Your Way Out of This Conundrum

Brain It On! By: Orbital Nine My initial reaction to Orbital Nine's physics-based game Brain It On! was that I'm too dumb for it. I nearly gave up after getting stumped just a few levels in. But instead, I decided to stick with it and see what would happen. At some point it just clicked and I was three-starring every level. I was hooked. Brain It On! has a very minimalistic appearance.…

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Forever Lost Episode 3: Review

Forever Lost: Episode 3 By: Glitch Games If you've played and enjoyed the first two episodes of Glitch Games' Forever Lost series, you probably don't need much convincing to play the third. If you haven't played the first two games and are a fan of point-and-click adventures, I highly recommending grabbing those right now and then picking up the third as well. For those who need more convincing than that, I'll cover…

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Her Story: Spoiler-Free Review

Her Story By: Sam Barlow I had intended to clean my apartment yesterday. That did not happen. I realized I had Her Story on my iPad for a day already and hadn't even looked at it yet. The plan was to play just a few minutes to get a taste of it and then get back to being a responsible adult. Big mistake! Once I started, the game got its claws into…

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Transistor for iOS Review: Finding Your Voice

Transistor By: Supergiant Games, LLC Supergiant Games, the developer behind Bastion, recently surprised everyone with a ninja release of their hit console and PC game Transistor on iOS. I had been following news about the game for a while, hoping it would come to iOS, since Bastion was so well-received. But there was so little news about it, that I assumed it wouldn't be coming anytime soon. Then, on a release day…

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