‘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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‘The Complex’ iOS Review: The Choice is Easy

The Complex By: Wales Interactive Full-motion video (FMV) games and interactive movies have made quite a comeback in recent years, and many of them have been coming to mobile devices because their simple controls are a great fit for touchscreens. Wales Interactive have made a name for themselves as an interactive movie publisher and, thanks to them, The Complex is now available on iOS and Android devices. Its format is a bit…

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‘Embracelet’ iOS Review: Don’t Slepp on This One

Embracelet By: Machineboy One genre I've been gravitating to more and more lately is the relaxing adventure game where you explore, talk to people, solve a few problems, maybe unravel a mystery, all without taxing your brain or reflexes too much. Developers also seem to be recognizing a desire for them, as we've been seeing a lot more of them, from OXENFREE to South of the Circle, and even the recently ported…

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‘The First Tree’ iOS Review: A Fox Tale

The First Tree By: David Wehle David Wehle's The First Tree has been on my radar ever since it was first announced. The environments looked gorgeous and inviting, and who doesn't want to play as a fox? I'm generally a fan of combat-free exploratory games, so it seemed right up my alley. Of course I was thrilled when I learned it was coming to mobile devices and I could finally be a…

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‘Lamplight City mobile’ Review: Stop and Smell the Lilies

Lamplight City mobile By: Grundislav Games / Application Systems As a mobile gamer, there are many times where I have to wait in order to properly enjoy a game I want to play. I'm usually willing to suffer through on my PC for a short game that's only a couple of hours long. But I'm more likely to abandon lengthier games and just hope they make it over to iOS one day.…

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