‘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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‘Linn: Path of Orchards’ Review – You Spin Me Right Round

Linn: Path of Orchards By: Crescent Moon Games Linn: Path of Orchards is a game I wish I was better at playing. I love the art style that's reminiscent of classics like Monument Valley and Alto's Adventure, from the color palette to the weather effects. It has a calm and relaxing soundtrack that makes me want to keep playing even when I'm frustrated. I'm also a big fan of games that have…

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‘Knights of the Card Table’ Review: Slice ‘n’ Dice

Knights of the Card Table By: Iron Horse Games LLC / Ponywolf Who can resist a cartoony hand-drawn dungeon crawler with puntastic humor and a simple control scheme that's a perfect fit for mobile? I know I can't, which is why I was so excited to play Ponywolf's Knights of the Card Table. Meteorfall was one of my most-played games of 2018, so I was hoping it might scratch a similar itch…

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‘The Stillness of the Wind’ Review: Long-Winded

The Stillness of the Wind By: Surprise Attack Games / Lambic Studios / Memory of God I always look forward to games that try to challenge the idea of what games are supposed to be. I like when they attempt to create a certain kind of experience through interactivity, worrying less about providing a challenge and more about making something that sticks with the player long after the game is over. Search-based…

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‘Roterra – Flip the Fairytale’ Review: Cube Valley

Roterra - Flip the Fairytale By: Dig-It Games I'm always on the lookout for the next great puzzle game, so when I saw news of Roterra a few months back, I knew it was something I had to play. The game was created by Dig-It, a woman-owned studio, and it stars a woman named Angelica, the rightful queen of the land of Roterra. After her brother, Orlando, steals her throne and chases…

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‘BACKFIRE’ Review: Evil Lies in Evil Eyes

BACKFIRE By: Joel Rochon / GRYN SQYD It will probably come as no surprise to those who frequent this site that I tend to prefer my games relaxed and thoughtful instead of fast-paced and chaotic. So if I stick with one that gets my heart racing and stresses me out, you know it's something special. That's definitely the case with the hardcore arena shooter, BACKFIRE. I fell in love from the first…

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‘Alien: Blackout’ Review – In Space, No One Can Hear You Groan

Alien: Blackout By: D3PA I really wanted to like Alien: Blackout, even if just to prove to all the naysayers that a mobile Alien game can be truly fun and well-designed -- especially one without any ads or in-app purchases. And at first, it seemed like that would actually happen. The overall concept sounds like a perfect fit for the both the franchise and touchscreens -- monitoring the xenomorph through different camera…

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‘BLASK’ Review: Laser Hocus Pocus

BLASK By: Pawel Delimata / SmallBigSquare I've always been a big fan of laser reflecting puzzles, as they often meet that sweet spot between logic and trial-and-error. You can get pretty far just fiddling with the pieces and adjusting them until you achieve the goal, but you get farther if you also have a bit of a plan. I also love when games innovate, bringing something completely new to the table, and…

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