‘Spyder’ Review: Apple Arcade at Its Finest

Spyder By: Sumo Digital After a number of sporadic releases that didn't really interest me at all, I was starting to wonder if I'd already seen the best that Apple Arcade has to offer. Then, out of the blue, we were surprised last week with a new release from Sumo Digital, called Spyder. For the first time in a long time, I eagerly downloaded an Apple Arcade game and was genuinely excited…

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‘MonkeyBox #1: Polarized!’ Review – Polarizing, Indeed

MonkeyBox #1: Polarized! By: TheCodingMonkeys I had no idea TheCodingMonkeys were working on a new game until it arrived in my mailbox yesterday on the day of release. But when I saw what it was, I got excited and didn't waste any time before jumping in. MonkeyBox #1: Polarized! is the first of several short games that they have planned, and it features a very unique mechanic. It's a text-based story that…

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Speed Dating for Ghosts: iOS Review and Gameplay Videos

Speed Dating for Ghosts By: Copychaser Games / Laundry Bear Games I absolutely despise dating in real life, so it might make sense that I'm not really into dating games. That said, I've still given some a try, hoping I would like the writing and humor enough to overlook the genre. Unfortunately, they've all been either too wordy, too silly, or I just lost interest before getting very far. But it's hard…

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‘SpellTower+’ Review: I Have No Words

SpellTower+ By: Zach Gage If you play mobile games, you're probably familiar with at least one of Zach Gage's works. My personal favorite is his word puzzler, Typeshift, but I'm also a fan of his Apple Arcade feature, Card of Darkness. Somehow, I never played the original SpellTower, which released back in 2011, even though it looked right up my alley. I was going to buy it later, but I wasn't sure…

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‘Maze Machina’ Review: Despereaux-ly Seeking Freedom

Maze Machina By: Arnold Rauers / Tinytouchtales If you play solitaire card games on your phone, you're probably familiar with the works of Arnold Rauers, aka Tinytouchtales. They're one-finger games that feel perfect for the platform, are easy to jump into, but involve a ton of deep strategy. My personal favorite is Miracle Merchant, mainly because it's a pure high score chaser without any grinding. While his latest game, Maze Machina, isn't…

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‘Song of Bloom’ Review: To New Beginnings

Song of Bloom By: Philipp Stollenmayer / Kamibox Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, has a number of mobile games under his belt by now, of varying genres and levels of weirdness. Just about every one of them is memorable, even if they're not all to your tastes. My personal favorite is supertype, a physics puzzler that uses letters as objects with weight and behavior when dropped on the board. I tend to gravitate…

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‘The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature’ Review – What Makes a Monster?

The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature By: ARTE Experience / La Belle Games I, shamefully, have never read Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein. Sure, I've picked up enough about it from movies and other pop culture references throughout my life to know the gist of it -- Victor Frankenstein plays God by robbing graves and then stitching body parts together to create life -- but I never read the original text itself. That didn't…

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‘reky’ Review: Highly Rekymmended

reky By: beyondthosehills / Andreas Diktyopolous reky is a stylish new puzzle game from beyondthosehills, the makers of The Minims. Each level has you bouncing a little black dot around and sliding colored boxes into place to create paths. It relies heavily on experimentation, which is why I lost interest quickly when it lacked an undo button. I shared my thoughts here on why it needed one, and the developers responded to…

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