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Veritas review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: IN VR VERITAS
Veritas is a frustratingly difficult adventure game despite some really handy convenience features.
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A new PictoQuest update makes it a much better game

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 10th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS :: Read Review »

PictoQuest is a charming little puzzle game, but it left us a little disappointed. The game just didn’t seem to use screen space effectively, to the point that using the touch controls (as opposed to the default virtual d-pad) could lead to errant taps. This, combined with a somewhat unpredictable—and arguably unnecessary—layer of RPG mechanics made a game that would otherwise seem perfect for mobile hard to recommend.

Over the weekend following its release, though, there has been an update to PictoQuest that addresses some of these issues. Most notably, players can now solve puzzles in Zen Mode, which nullifies things like enemy attacks in levels. This allows you to sit an ponder out a puzzle without having to worry about time pressure.

Early Worm review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FORGETTABLE FLING
Early Worm uses a proven gameplay formula but then fails to build something particularly compelling around it.
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PictoQuest review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 5th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BY THE NUMBERS
The iOS version of PictoQuest isn’t as convenient as it could be, but it is still a solid puzzler.
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Spelltower+ review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POLISHED REWRITE
Spelltower+ is an incredible overhaul of a really great word game.
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Maze Machina review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on January 16th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: TEST YOUR METAL
This swipe-based roguelike is remarkably complex yet easy to play.
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Song of Bloom review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ROOM TO GROW
Song of Bloom is a wonderfully creative game that feels uniquely suited to mobile.
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Tile Snap review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FAIR PUZZLER
This puzzler isn’t particularly complicated, but that’s ok.
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A Life of Logic review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DEFIES LOGIC
There’s a brilliant core hidden inside this rotten free-to-play mess.
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Spring Falls review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 18th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FALLS SHORT
This pretty puzzle game gets a lot of things right, but ultimately doesn’t feel that satisfying.
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Starbeard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LIKE GNOME OTHER
Starbeard is an incredible and unique matching puzzle roguelike.
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reky review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLORFUL BUT CLUNKY
reky is a puzzle game that is less elegant than it appears.
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Coloristic 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FULL OF COLOR
Coloristic 2 is a great little puzzler about filling grids with color.
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Home Runtaro review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 11th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PITCHING PUZZLES
Home Runtaro is a fun and zany baseball game.
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inbento review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on September 9th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOMEWHAT SATISFYING
inbento has all the right ingredients to be a great puzzler, but it still somehow feels undercooked.
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