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Posts tagged “puzzle”

Grab Yer Game Boy In Puzzler Warlock’s Tower Demo

Game Boy? As in, that ancient blocky backlight-less 90s handheld here on the coveted pages of RPS' House-O-PCs? Well, not exactly. But sort of. Warlock's Tower [official site] is a tricky little movement-oriented puzzle game that sees your every move result in the loss of a single life, and in a world brimming with retro-inspired pixel-perfect adventures, this 'un dons a Game Boy-styled monotone guise.…

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Shape Abtract Worlds in Mu Cartographer

Mu Cartographer [official site] is the visual equivalent of spending an afternoon playing with an audio synthesizer just to see what absurd sounds you can make. Only here, the dials and doodads you tweak shape a roiling landscape of pretty colours for you to lose yourself in. While it makes for nice pictures, seeing it in action is something else entirely.

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Feature: Chasing Death

Impressions: Life Goes On: Done To Death

I think I've become a little wary of puzzle platformers. Too much block pushing busywork, not enough intriguing dilemmas (great cars, I hear) to solve. So I looked at Life Goes On's [official site] expanded re-release with a sceptical eye (the other eye was watching a passing bee). And then immediately fell for it. Coo, this is a rather splendid little game, where death is…

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Feature: Organismic

Samorost 3 review

From the team most famous for Machinarium, Aminita Design, comes the third game in the Samorost series. Don't worry if you've never heard of the first two - they were both tiny Flash games. Samorost 3 [official site] is a full-length, full-screen adventure that requires no prior knowledge. How does the adventure/puzzle game hold up at this scale? Here's wot I think:

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Feature: Hypote-no

Pythagoria review

Pythagoria [Steam page] is an awful lot more like maths homework than it is a regular puzzle game. But if you're a giant weirdo like me, then you might secretly have rather enjoyed maths homework (the only homework I ever did). In fact, if you're a colossal weirdo, you might have spent a good proportion of a sabbatical a couple of years ago sitting under…

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Go On A Head: Ultra Hat Dimension

Do you like hats? I like hats. Hats with stars, hats with bows, hats with wings, even witch's hats. Contrary to how it may at first sound, Ultra Hat Dimension [official site] is not a washed up European trance DJ duo, but is an excellent puzzle game that features all of the aforementioned head dressings. And Spluffs - incessantly grinning Pac Man-ghost-like beings how go…

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The Ballast Of Tom Jones: Tough Love Machine

Gosh, how I'd love to tell you about the later levels of pay-what-you-want puzzle Tough Love Machine [official site]. Because I'd love to be clever enough to have reached them. Controlling two hands on gradually extending arms, one via WASD, the other on the cursors, you must push two hearts until they meet. Awwww. Except, good gracious, it's tricky.

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Feature: LA LA LA-LA LA-LAAAA

Impressions: Prismatica Is As Cheerful As Games Can Be

As is my wont of an early morning, I like to look through the new puzzle games appearing on Steam, in search of treats to share with you, my bestest internet friends. I'm not sure my pre-8am brain was quite ready for the extraordinary cheerfulness that occupies every moment of Prismatica [official site]. Ostensibly a game about rotating overlapping hexagons to move coloured tiles around,…

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Infinifactory Adds New Mini-Campaigns And Blocks

Infinifactory [official site] isn't quite the game it is meant to be just yet, still on Steam Early Access, but that hasn’t stopped our John Walker from really enjoying its brain-twisting twists and turns. To summarize from the alpha preview, this new puzzle title from Zachtronics is very obtuse, very good, and very much something that would benefit from updates - like this one!

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Feature: Black And White Thinking

Parallax review

As first-person puzzle games get more complicated, we have two choices as a species. To develop mightier, more powerful brains than ever before, or to just try not to think too hard and hope it works out. After the Digipen team that brought us Narbacular Drop opened up very apposite portals in our minds, the genre has run with it, leading to the brain-straining likes…

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Let’s Make Music Together: Cadence

We last mentioned Cadence [Kickstarter page] back in March last year, a music puzzler where connecting nodes allows pulses of tune to create looping patterns. I met up with developer Peter Cardwell-Gardner at GDC this year, to learn how the project is expanding its ambitions, and has launched a Kickstarter to help it get there.

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Badland Coming To PC

Gorgeously atmospheric sidescrolling float-em-up Badland [official site] began life as a tadpole on iOS. It has made a fair few ripples since it appeared in the App Store, picking up a bevy of awards. And now, after much splashing about on mobile devices, the game is making a spring migration for the bigger waters of the PC, the - pfft. Who cares about consoles? Let’s…

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Freeware Garden: MonoDi

A gun that only shoots in one direction might be physically improbable, but it can also turn any platformer that involves shooting into a puzzle game. That's what's happened to MonoDi, in which you puzzle, shoot and jump your way through 25 unexpectedly varied single-screen levels, each sporting functional if cute graphics, lots of alien eggs to destroy, and bits of badly spelled plot to…

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Freeware Garden: Petrichor

Éric Chahi's Another World did many things right, but what I believe it really excelled at was conveying the feeling that you were somewhere drastically different. Somewhere otherworldly yet also sensible and at times familiar and this is the exact same sensation Sundae Month's Petrichor manages to re-create.

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