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I Was Done With Three-Star Puzzle Platformers. Then Disney Gave Me …

Thanks to the low price of mobile games, I regularly download new titles without seeing as much as a single screenshot. Many of those sight-unseen games follow the Angry Birds scoring formula — smash, achieve or collect the things you need on each level, earn three stars, gems, flowers, whatever. » 4/08/13 11:30am 4/08/13 11:30am

Edge of Twilight: Athyr Above is Trying Really Hard to Be a Good Game

The resurrection of Fuzzyeyes Entertainment's steampunk saga Edge of Twilight gains steam (sorry) in Athyr Above, the second playable foray into the split day-and-night world that once seemed lost. The first game, a bad free Temple Run knock-off, left me with the impression that maybe the franchise should have stayed… » 4/02/13 11:30am 4/02/13 11:30am

It's Only a Little Magicka, But It's Enough for a Party

As promised last month, Paradox Interactive and mobile developer Ludosity have teamed up to deliver a little cross-platform Magicka mayhem for the iPhone and Android. Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet is nowhere near as deep and destructively satisfying as its PC inspiration, but it's got the right idea. the… » 3/29/13 11:30am 3/29/13 11:30am

Three Colors Combine to Form the Finest Sheep Shooter Ever

Red, green and blue — these are the primary colors, which can be mixed together in varying amounts to create every color of the visible spectrum. I learned this in my grade school art program. At the time I was convinced the teacher made it up to cover for the fact that they only had enough money in the budget for… » 3/25/13 12:08pm 3/25/13 12:08pm

All the Fun of Quick Time Events, Without Those Pesky Events

Everybody loves quick time events, those timed button presses utilized in today's high-tech interactive entertainment programs to help the user feel a modicum of control over grand cinematic sequences. the problem with quick time events, however, is that the graphical spectacle going on behind the prompts always… » 3/22/13 6:00pm 3/22/13 6:00pm

When I Imagine Cyberpunk-Style Hack Battles, This is What I See

Since the early days of the Cyberpunk pen-and-paper role-playing setting, I've been fascinated by the idea of highly-skilled computer hackers roaming the plains of cyberspace looking for a fight; digital cowboys with their fingers twitching inches away from their plastic 101-shooters. The realization that real hackers… » 3/21/13 11:30am 3/21/13 11:30am

You’re Crazy if You Don’t Get Super Stickman Golf 2 Right Now

As a rule, I like sports in video games better than I do in the real world. For someone like me who's never been great on the court or field, taking an athletic endeavor and adding a layer of the fantastic to it is one of the best joys that a sports title can offer. It's a joy that Super Stickman Golf 2 delivers in… » 3/15/13 11:30am 3/15/13 11:30am

From LittleBigPlanet Roots Springs the Freshest Puzzle Game on iTunes

I play dozens of mobile games a week, at least 24 percent of which are puzzle games. From block-matching to word games; physics puzzlers to good old Tetris clones—I've played them all. The last thing I expected to see in last week's crop of new games was a puzzler unlike anything I'd played before. If I'd paid closer… » 3/11/13 11:30am 3/11/13 11:30am

The Mother-and-Alien-Child Reunion is a Couple of Motions Away in Stick…

Whenever I feel like the physics puzzle format is completely played out, Fahey slides me another download code, and the thing turns out to be pretty good. Stick To It, ahem, adheres to the basic principles of the genre, but shows there are still clever ways to challenge players to finish a puzzle with an economy of… » 2/12/13 11:30am 2/12/13 11:30am