Monument Valley review

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at 09:48am April 3 2014
Monument Valley review

Ustwo’s Escher-inspired monuments are impossible, the kind of architectural wonders that simply couldn’t be recreated outside a videogame. And yet they’re powered by such consistent ludic logic that the challenges they present are immediately easy to parse. The first single-screen puzzle tells you how to manoeuvre protagonist Ida – simply tap where you want her…

Still Playing: Duet – a frustrating, joyful, beautifully melodic and starkly clinical contradiction

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at 03:37pm March 31 2014

Duet is a game of conflicts and contrasts. It veers between chaos and order, triumph and despair, life and death, never settling on one or the other. You must tackle the game’s endless maze of deadly blocks with calm, surgical precision — anything less brings about a speedy end. The best puzzle games tend to…

Twenty iOS games to play today

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at 02:22pm March 12 2014
iOS 7

In January 2012, we suggested 50 iOS games that deserved your time. These 20 represent the progress of the past two years, and span from cult curios to the big names that spawn clones. You can read our latest in-depth report on the state of iOS gaming here. Rayman Jungle Run PastaGames, Ubisoft Of iOS’s…

How clones, fear, sanitisation and free-to-play soured Apple’s iOS gaming revolution

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at 12:00pm March 12 2014

Much has changed in the two years since we called Apple “the hottest property in handheld gaming” and said that the company had “changed the videogame industry irrevocably”. Between E236 and today, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away, iPhone 5 has launched and bifurcated, Game Center’s poker-table felt has been torn off in favour…

Sensible Software co-founder Jon Hare on releasing a new mobile game into a “morass of crap”

at 05:35pm February 26 2014
Word Explorer

Sensible Software co-founder Jon Hare hates free-to-play, and despairs at the current state of the App Store. His next release is, of course, a free-to-play iOS word game. Word Explorer is the result of four years’ work, an anagram-based game set on a worldmap which opens out with every correct answer. It’s Hare’s first original…

Tengami review

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at 11:16am February 20 2014
Tengami 2

Tearaway’s paper world was a DIY art project, borne of the fertile imagination of a child and executed with a clumsy-fingered charm, cut, folded and pasted by sticky hands wielding safety scissors and Pritt-Stick. Tengami, by contrast, is the work of craftsmen. Its environments have been cut with premium hobby knives, their layers meticulously assembled into…

The heartening story of Blek, the iOS game that cut through App Store cynicism with pure creativity

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at 10:30am February 12 2014

Blek’s tale is a timely one. It’s a reminder that within an App Store that’s currently clouded over by cloning and shot through with cynicism that an original, well-executed idea can still carve out a niche and thrive. It is a simple, beautiful iPad puzzle game which casts you in the role of the creator,…

Who killed Flappy Bird?

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at 03:00pm February 10 2014

It’s better to burn out than to fade away, right? Yesterday Flappy Bird’s creator committed an act of App Store euthanasia on his most famous – and notorious – creation. Developer Dong Nguyen administered the lethal injection, but it’s the power of internet anger that has apparently compelled him to do it. “I am sorry…

Threes review

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at 12:00pm February 10 2014
Threes review

One wonders whether Threes was conceived as a deliberate subversion of ‘match-three’. Rather than linking three like-coloured tiles, the latest iOS game from Puzzlejuice creator Asher Vollmer asks you to pair up the titular threes. If it owes something of a debt to Spry Fox’s Triple Town – both ask you to match smaller objects…

Cook, Serve, Delicious! review

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at 02:00pm February 3 2014
Cook, Serve, Delicious!

They never look happy. Even as you sweat, swear, fumble and panic your way through your customers’ food orders, serving perfect dish after dish. Even when you lay on pizza and burger parties, their glum faces festooned with balloon sculpture hats. Perhaps an undercurrent of Cook, Serve, Delicious! is that no one is ever happy,…

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