‘Inked’ iOS Review: The Pen is Mighty

Inked By: Somnium Games / Pixmain / Nuverse Limited It's hard not to take notice when you see some screenshots from puzzle adventure, Inked, by Somnium Games. The entire game is made up of ballpoint pen drawings and it's a striking visual effect. I initially thought the art style was mostly a gimmick to stand out -- though a powerful one -- but the game surprised me in many ways. The story…

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‘Five Dates’ iOS Review: Stress-Free Dating

Five Dates By: Wales Interactive / Good Gate Media I'm a big fan of Wales Interactive's work, as they publish a lot of full-motion video (FMV) games and even port some of them to iOS. Still, I somehow missed the news about their dating simulator, Five Dates, until it was announced for iOS a few months after its PC release. I personally despise dating, but the idea of a game that tries…

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Titan Quest: Legendary Edition – Impressions and Gameplay Videos

Titan Quest: Legendary Edition By: Handygames I never played Titan Quest on PC and therefore don't have any nostalgia for it. But I do enjoy playing action RPGs on my mobile devices, so I bought the original game on iOS back in 2019 and spent a few hours with it before I ultimately stopped playing. I think a big reason for this was that it didn't have iCloud sync and I was…

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‘NUTS – A Surveillance Mystery’ Review: Crackin’ Good

NUTS - A Surveillance Mystery By: Noodlecake / Joon, Pol, Muuutsch, Char, & Torfi The first thing that sticks out about the squirrel surveillance game, NUTS, is the striking 3D art style made up of only about three different colors at any point. It's so distinctive that I immediately recognize photos from the game even if I just see them out of the corner of my eye. That alone would make it…

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‘IrisFall’ iOS Review: Shadow Play

Iris.Fall By: NExTStudios Light and shadow are common themes in puzzle games, and for good reason. They're visually interesting and can offer some innovative mechanics if done right. Iris.Fall, which originally released on other platforms in 2018, is the latest iOS game to take advantage of this. Though it doesn't always push itself to its full potential, the visuals are stunning and the puzzles were compelling enough to hold my interest through…

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Heaven’s Vault: Switch Impressions and Gameplay Video

Heaven's Vault By: inkle Heaven's Vault, the archaeological science fiction game from the interactive storytelling masters at inkle, was initially planned for release on iOS. But with no word about it in ages, I decided to play the Nintendo Switch version, the next best thing for me. It's actually the first game in some time now to get me to dust off my Switch and play more than an hour or two…

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‘The Procession to Calvary’ iOS Review: Killing of a Sacred Dick

The Procession to Calvary By: Joe Richardson Games When I reviewed Joe Richardson's point-and-click adventure, Four Last Things, back in 2018, I had tons of praise for it and stressed that I would love to see another game from the developer made in the same style, using Renaissance paintings for all the artwork. That wish was fulfilled this year with the release of a spiritual sequel called The Procession to Calvary, named…

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‘Orwell’s Animal Farm’ Review: Some Paths Are More Equal Than Others

Orwell’s Animal Farm By: Nerial / The Dairymen I know it's common these days for people to say "get politics out of my games," but personally I love social commentary in games as long as it's not shoehorned in. So it shouldn't come to much surprise that I was excited to play a game based on George Orwell's classic novella, Animal Farm, which is an allegory using animals to warn of the…

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