‘Jumpgrid’ iOS Review: Five Finger Fillet Without the Knife

Jumpgrid By: Ian MacLarty You know that knife game you sometimes see in movies and TV shows, where some big shot tough guy quickly stabs the space between his fingers, trying to avoid mutilating himself? I wouldn't actually attempt that myself, but I feel more capable of doing so after spending hours with Ian MacLarty's Jumpgrid on iOS. It requires that same kind of finesse and precision -- which I don't usually…

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SteamWorld Quest: Review and Gameplay Videos

SteamWorld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech By: Image & Form Some of you may have noticed that I've started covering a few Switch games. Mostly, they're still games that will likely come to iOS eventually, so think of these as very, very early iOS reviews. In any case, I'll probably be dialing these back a bit this month since so many great games are coming to iOS over the next few weeks.…

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‘Ordia’ Review: One Does Not Simply Walk Into Ordia

Ordia By: Loju LTD Causality was one of my favorite games of 2017 and remains one of my favorite puzzlers. It has clever time-traveling mechanics, is extremely user-friendly with its ability to rewind your mistakes, and it's all tied up in a nice, neat package with pleasant visuals. So of course I was excited to hear that developer Loju was working on another game. Ordia released last week and isn't quite as…

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‘Astrologaster’ Review: Huzzah! Huzzah!

Astrologaster By: Nyamyam If someone asked what my astrological sign is and then tried to tell me what it means and how our two signs relate to each other, I might go along with it, but would be internally screaming and looking for a way to change the subject. So you might say I'm the target audience for the narrative choice-based game, Astrologaster, by Tengami developer Nyamyam. It pokes fun at the…

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‘Whispers of a Machine’ Review: You Are What You Say

Whispers of a Machine By: Raw Fury / Clifftop Games / Faravid Interactive I always appreciate when we mobile gamers get a game at the same time as other platforms, especially when it's something that took a lot of time and effort to make. There's no shortage of free, shallow hidden object games in the App Store, but the full-blown, satisfying point-and-click adventures usually get ported over months or years later, if…

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‘Twelvesmith’ Review: It’s a Numbers Game

Twelvesmith By: Flippfly, LLC About a month ago, I got access to a game called Twelvesmith from Flippfly, the makers of Race the Sun and Evergarden. I didn't even know they were working on a new game, but I started playing and was instantly hooked. I enjoyed both of their previous projects, but neither was designed for mobile first. They were both cross-platform games that worked in landscape mode and weren't really…

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‘Photographs – Puzzle Stories’ Review: Capturing Humanity’s Flaws

Photographs - Puzzle Stories By: EightyEight Games LTD / Luca Redwood What does the word "photograph" make you think of? For me -- and probably most people -- it's happy memories. You take snapshots of your joyful moments to look back at them later, or perhaps use them to see someone's face when you can't be with them in person. In the Facebook, Instagram and selfie age, photos are used to make…

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‘Baba is You’ Review: BRAIN IS MELT

Baba is You By: Hempuli / Arvi Trikari Before talking about Baba is You, let me give you a brief recap on my relationship with PC gaming for context. If you follow me on Twitter, you most likely already know that I hate being chained to a PC. Once I got an iPhone, it replaced my PC not just for games, but for pretty much everything. So when I say I really…

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