“The process of keeping the mind sharp and punchy is a lot like going to the gym — except instead of lifting weights and working up a nasty sweat, some of us prefer to engage in a bit of clever wordplay to keep the brain firing on all cylinders. When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined.”
“It’s always interesting to see an established game studio go out on a limb and delve into fresh territory that’s vastly different from its usual status quo. Well-known for making gory, ultra-violent, and intense AAA first-person shooters, Crytek’s first foray into mobile games is a jarringly cutesy, effervescent physics puzzler that’s heavy on the charm and light on the challenge. Though geared towards a younger audience, Fibble HD impresses with its clever gameplay and cool physics engine.”
“Who doesn’t want their brain punched in the face? Puzzlejuice makes the bizarre prospect a lot more fun than it sounds by combining aspects of Tetris and Boggle into one real pressure-cooker of a puzzler. Matching colored blocks and chaining letters to quickly clear the screen as red, turquoise, and yellow hell rains down from above adds a dizzying twist to a familiar formula — one that’s bound to titillate puzzle addicts and word nerds alike.”
“The mobile explosion ushered in by iOS devices has made it possible to get a quick gaming fix anywhere without inciting your boss’ wrath or drawing unwanted attention to your “nerdy” interests. While cool PC games often find their way to the iPhone or iPad, it’s nice to see things happening the other way around every once in a while. Edge’s PC debut finally gives those who prefer to absorb their necessary gaming nutrients while tethered to a keyboard a chance to get a taste of this stylish retro puzzler.”
Man, the characters in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn LOVE to hear themselves talk. They love to talk to other folks. And they LOVE to talk to themselves. Despite having to frantically mash through some excruciatingly long conversations, Dark Dawn is a pretty enjoyable game. The combat is satisfying and classic, while the puzzles really make the adventure shine. You can check out my full review of the game over here in last week’s at EGMi.
The wife and I have been cracking out on good ol’ Layton’s third puzzlerific installment, and while I’ve had to set it aside to keep from going insane, the missus is all about the 100 percent completion and is going back to scour everything she might have missed on her own playthrough. Needless to say, it’s an awesome game, particularly if you have the patience for mind-meltingly tough puzzle challenges. My full blown review write-up is now up in the latest EGMi here, so feel free to check it out.
“When princesses (and other captured royalty, for that matter) are in need of serious rescuing from dastardly villains and fanged monsters, it’s rare that a hero just comes falling out of the sky to promptly save the day. However, in Vertical Drop Heroes, that’s exactly what happens. Every level seems to practically hemorrhage heroes, but most are in cages and are incapable of doing much besides twiddling their thumbs out of boredom. That’s where you come in. Setting them free – or as we prefer to look at it, consuming their souls – lets you steal their powers and carry the torch to glory.”