Recommended games in Arcade
Sidewords - unique take on the word game, from Milkbag Games
The fine folks at Milkbag games have released Sidewords. A fun little diversion of a word game that is the devil child of crosswords and scrabble. For each level in the game the grid must be completed to win the level — this means that each letter at the top and side must be used. And not just the top or side, but each word must be made up of letters from the top and side to create a grid. It’s a pain, but in the right kind of way. Even the simplest of the levels can be a head scratcher until you get used to the game. Well worth the $3 as a diversion while we wait for Milkbag to finally release Snow Siege.
Posted July 20, 2017 by Jeff Scott
[Sponsored] Zap Zap Kindergarten Math will give your kids a pre-school math boost on mobile
We’d like to thank our sponsor for this week, Zap Zap Kindergarten Math.
It’s not always easy to tear your kids away from their tablets and make them do something edifying. Thankfully, Zap Zap Kindergarten Math relieves you of this task by turning mathematics into a fun touchscreen video game. Win win!
Aimed at children 3-6 years old, the app makes math fun by ‘gamifying’ it, turning simple mathematics problems into little challenges so that your pre-schooler can learn and play at the same time.
There are more than two dozen mini-games, split across three categories: Numbers, Shapes and Measurements, and Add and Subtract. According to the developer the difficulty of these puzzles is adaptive too, so kids of any ability can be both encouraged and challenged.
Posted July 20, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Mini Dayz - out now and as brutal as the original
Mini Dayz has launched and it’s a pixelated 2.5D open world that’s as brutal as the desktop version. In this game, the player is dumped on shore with nothing. They must scavenge around for food, water, and weapons while avoiding attack. It’s the kind of game where the goal is to stay alive as long as possible. But that will never be very long. It’s oddly free and seems to only have an ad on the main screen — for now.
Posted July 5, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Point and click adventure The Little Acre charms
Pewter Games has brought their charming point and click adventure The Little Acre to iOS. It’s an amazingly beautiful animated adventure set in a sort of hybrid magical / alien world. A great all ages adventure and very fun.
Posted June 29, 2017 by Jeff Scott
[Sponsor] The House of Da Vinci on mobile lets you solve puzzles based on Da Vinci’s own designs
We’d like to thank our sponsor for this week, The House of Da Vinci by Blue Brain Games. There’s a reason Leonardo Da Vinci is the only renaissance figure who routinely shows up in video games you know. With his remarkable inventiveness and genius for creative problem-solving, Da Vinci was a gamer through and through. He was just born 500 hundred years too soon. Thankfully, there are studios like Blue Brain Games to bring him to life in videogame form. The House of Da Vinci, which comes to us courtesy of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, is a puzzler that seeks to channel the artistry and innovation of its title character.
You play as one of Da Vinci’s more promising apprentices, and you have the challenging task of trying to work out where the hell he’s gone. Was he assassinated by the church? Who knows. Has he quietly gone into a retirement? Perhaps. Did he accidentally invent a shrink ray and shrink himself down to the size of an dustmite? Probably not. Da Vinci’s workshop looks beautiful, thanks to some impressive 3D graphics, and the in-game environment is crammed with all the elaborate machines and crazy inventions you’d expect to find in the workplace of a renaissance genius.
Posted June 22, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Poly Bridge, the best bridge builder is out, but incomplete on mobile (so far)
Poly Bridge is out now on iOS, and it’s good to have it! It’s a great game and many seem to agree that it’s the best bridge builder game available. But the iOS versions, so far, is missing the sandbox mode. I would hope that it’s coming soon in an update. If you are all interested in physics puzzlers, grab this one. (Note: the video is for the PC version, I have yet to see a trailer for the mobile version, the developer Dry Cactus isn’t that great at marketing…)
Posted June 20, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Amped up more of the what I loved in the prequel Framed 2
Framed 2 is numbered as a sequel, yet it’s noted as a prequel. Controversy! Framed 2 is really just more of what we loved in the original — something we’ve been getting a lot of lately. Framed 2 continues to rearrange the comic tiles to change the story and progress super unique gameplay. Overall it’s safe, good, and amped up a bit from Framed. Everything seems smoother, more active, more real. Very well done puzzle game.
Posted June 16, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Flipping Legend is a flipping great mobile game.
Flipping Legend is out now and it’s a simple and hard puzzle game from Hiding Spot Games and Noodlecake Studios. In this game the player can go left or right diagonally in a three wide checkerboard. Avoid spikes and collect coins along the way. There are a couple special moves to get out of a jam, but in general it’s a difficult game to get very far unless looking way ahead to plan out the moves. My only gripe with this game is that it’s not played in portrait mode as a quick twitch game like this would be perfect for a quick game while waiting in line.
Posted June 15, 2017 by Jeff Scott