puzzles

Help me choose my wife’s next DS game

My wife doesn’t play many games — maybe 2-3 per year, if that. When she does, she prefers the DS. Here are some of the games she’s most enjoyed in recent years: Picross 3D Bejeweled Tetris/Dr. Mario Sudoku Phoenix Wright (although her interest in that waned) As you can see, she likes puzzle games. But she doesn’t like Professor Layton. I suspect she doesn’t care for story...

Unwound Future astounds and delivers

The credits roll, you watch the epilogue, then you close your DS and stare into space for a moment, your head swimming with thoughts of loved ones, partings, and things you’d do differently in life if you had a second chance. All you can say is, “Wow.” Professor Layton and the Unwound Future is that kind of game—A surprising, emotion-grabbing, one-hundred-percent satisfying work of wonder....

Professor Layton and the Middle-aged Dimwit

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future may be one of my favorite games this year: Polished, spectacular, classy, funny and intriguing. But it’s sure not helping my self-esteem. Seriously, either this series has gotten more difficult since its first tale or I’m getting dumber. Maybe both. I don’t recall spending hint coins so early or so often seeing that look of disappointment on Layton’s...

NYCC: Twisted Towers and Roogoo Attack

At Comic Con a week or so ago I had the chance to play Twisted Towers and Roogoo Attack with one of the developers from SouthPeak Games. To be honest I thought the puzzle genre was dead, you could only rehash Tetris and Line clearing so many different ways, but the guys at SouthPeak have managed to create a very unique and fun game. Twisted Towers and Roogoo Attack, for the Wii and DS respectively...

Review: Mortimer Beckett and the secrets of Spooky Manor

Mortimer Beckett and the secrets of Spooky Manor is a one game in a series of Mortimer Beckett PC games. Spooky Manor is one of three different games that Real Arcade has decided to use to jump into the console game market with, and even though this game is a port of a PC game, they have added some extra features to make it stand out. Did they add enough to give it that extra edge in a sea or dece...

Review: Neopets Puzzle Adventure

Looking for some type of “Puzzle” game fix during the holidays? How about a game that was developed by Griptonite Games? Or maybe you are just looking for something casual with colorful graphics and nice music. Well before you actually decide to pick anything up be sure to check out my review as it may save your life.

Goo-like Tiki Towers confirmed for Dec. 8

Perhaps World of Goo caught your interest, but you prefer monkeys and coconuts in your puzzle games as opposed to globs of slime. In that case, you’re also in luck. WiiWare World got the scoop on Tiki Towers this weekend, a new puzzler for WiiWare with a less sticky approach to physics puzzles. Tiki Towers is a game of construction, destruction, problem solving and monkeys! You must reclaim ...

Cradle of Rome impression

In Cradle of Rome, Ancient Rome will rise again as players re-create the city of old using a unique variation on the Match-3 puzzle mechanic to build more than 20 masterpieces of Ancient Roman architecture.  Players will gather resources by matching rows of 3 or more on the puzzle board to obtain as many as possible before time runs out.  The more resources players gather, the faster they can bu...

Puzzle Quest Galactrix Impressions

From the makers of Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords, comes Puzzle Quest Galactrix with a view into a futuristic, space setting. Galactrix is visually similar to the “Hexic” games, with tiles that are hexagonal (and can therefore be swapped in six possible directions). The game promises a full-featured campaign mode, online multiplayer for 2 to 4 players, and downloadable content,...

Weekly Picture Scramble Puzzle

What’s going on in this picture? Submit your guess in comments and if you’re correct, you’ll have bragging rights for a whole week!

First Boom Blox impressions give weight to this simple Wii title

Reactions to the Boom Blox press release we fired off on Infendo a few days or so ago were mostly positive, if I recall correctly, with a sprinkling of negativity. At the time, unlike Spore DS, I decided to give Boom Blox the benefit of the doubt because A) it was a simple, fun looking premise designed for the Wii and B) Steven frickin’ Spielberg was one of the contributors. As a first wave ...