Tag: Puzzle Games

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes – PC Review
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Lorelei and the Laser Eyes – PC Review

Simogo have held a special place in my heart since December 2020. A friend introduced me to Sayonara Wild Hearts around that time. It quickly became one of my favourite games of all time and I have listened to the soundtrack obsessively ever since. When Lorelei and the Laser Eyes was revealed, I was very cautiously interested. The vibrant colours and upbeat music that drew me to their previous title was replaced by an monochromatic aesthetic and a very eerie, mysterious vibe. However, there was never any doubt that I was going to pick this up day one and see what they'd cooked up. See It All Through Laser Eyes Before we get into the review, I want to preface it with this. If you're at all interested in playing this game with as little up-front knowledge as possible, grab a notepad and...
Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom – PC Preview
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Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom – PC Preview

Set to release on June 20th, Aarik and the Ruined Kingdom is indie developer Shatterproof's first release. New perspectives on old favourites... As the perfect addition to the library of fans of Evo Explores and Monument Valley, the game combines simple yet beautiful graphics and perspective puzzles to build a mystic world and story filled with intrigue perfect for puzzle fans. Gameplay The demo of Aarik and the Ruined Kingdom is short yet packs a punch. With an introduction to Aarik, as well as his father, old pet and mother, the mystery of the story is present from the get go. The kingdom is already in ruin but there is not explanation for why it's so quiet, why Derek (Aarik's old pet) is dead and why his father refuses to wake up and get out of bed. The controls for the g...
Botany Manor – Switch Review
Switch Reviews

Botany Manor – Switch Review

Botany Manor is a delightful single-player casual puzzle game set in 19th-century England. Developed by Devon-based Balloon Studios, it is out now on PC, Xbox (including game pass) and Nintendo Switch. I have had the pleasure of reviewing a copy for the Switch. Horticulture made fun! Playing as Arabella Greene, a retired botanist, the game is in first-person and set in the grounds of a beautiful stately home. Do you have what it takes to solve puzzles, grow plants, and reveal more about your life and career? Gameplay You begin the game in a typical old-fashioned English greenhouse, surrounded by windows, low brick walls, gardening paraphernalia and items to interact with. The controls are a simple twin-stick operation that you would expect to find with a first-person-style game....
What The Golf – PS5 Review
PlayStation Reviews

What The Golf – PS5 Review

During the 27th Annual DICE Awards there was an acceptance speech that caught my attention. Tim Garbos from Danish developer Triband Games was collecting the Award for Mobile Game Of The Year for What The Car. The speech was so brilliantly delivered with such whimsical humor that it is easily one of my favourite ever awards speeches. When the games predecessor, WHAT THE GOLF teed off on consoles I just had to check it out. Hole In One - What The Golf Played here on PS5 the game is out now and also available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Linux and iOS. It's difficult to talk about What The Golf without spoiling the experience. Its beauty is in the joy of discovering this wacky title with the controller in hand and a smile on your face. Heck don't even be tempted to look at the trailer b...
Ready, Steady, Ship! – PC Review
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Ready, Steady, Ship! – PC Review

Have you ever received a parcel and thought you could give that a go? Well now you can, with Ready, Steady, Ship! From Solo developer Jollybits Games and published by Untold Tales. This parcel packing puzzler will bring you perilously to... prustration* Yeah I know, the alliteration kind of lost me there. Pop the right word down in the comments if you fancy a suggestion Evri Time, Always on Time! Releasing on the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 as well as Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Ready, Steady, Ship! brings a puzzler for you and a couch coop buddy to get your brains around. So sit down relax and get ready to see whether you should answer the door when the delivery man comes. Gameplay At its core, Ready, Steady, Ship! is a straightforward puzzler. You are tasked with sending specifica...
SokoFrog – Nintendo Switch Review
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SokoFrog – Nintendo Switch Review

Developed by EastAsiaSoft and Solluco, SokoFrog is a pushing-puzzle game that was originally released on Steam in December 2022. However, it has recently become available on more platforms on April 10, 2024. It currently retails for £4.49 and is available on PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series. Hopping to Freedom in SokoFrog Have you tried this frog-tastic pushing-puzzle game? and how many frog puns can you find in this review? Gameplay SokoFrog is a colorful top-down puzzle-pushing pixel art adventure. You play as a cute frog, trying to navigate and hop through the levels by unlocking the gates. It's a take on the Sokoban puzzle games released in Japan in 1982. There are five different themes with different gameplay mechanics to increase the difficulty as you go...
Alone in the Dark – PC Review
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Alone in the Dark – PC Review

Alone in the Dark has seen many iterations as it is a franchise that spans over 30 years. The fact that I was 12 years old when I played the original by Infogrames does make me have a bit of an existential moment. Here in 2024, we have devs Pieces Interactive and publisher/owner of the franchise THQ Nordic's vision for the Lovecraftian horror, action, puzzle-solving instalment of the game. Back to Derceto we go With the original 1992 Alone in the Dark paving the way for 3D-style horror games such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, I was very excited to see how this single-player game has evolved to catch up with what we expect nowadays in terms of gameplay, storyline, visuals, and sound. Alone in the Dark will be available on PS5, Xbox and PC. There is a standard edition, a deluxe digi...
Tomb Raider Remastered – PS5 Review
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Tomb Raider Remastered – PS5 Review

Lara's back and better than ever in the latest release in Tomb Raider Remastered, developed and published by Aspyr. Revisit Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3 with updated graphics and a whole new lease of life for modern consoles. Welcome back to her humble abode. Grab your pistols and your medpacks and prepare to rediscover the legend of Atlantis, the Dagger of Xian, and the Polynesian artefacts as our aerobic adventurer makes her way through the stories that defined a generation of PlayStation games back in the 90s. Tomb Raider Remastered is available on PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch. Check out some of our other PlayStation reviews here! Gameplay One of the most memorable things about Tomb Raider, for me, was the control system. On Playstation, it wasn't bad once you reali...
Please, Touch the Artwork 2 – PC Review
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Please, Touch the Artwork 2 – PC Review

Please, Touch the Artwork 2 is a point-and-click puzzle game from Belgian solo game developer Thomas Waterzooi. He has been involved in past game projects such as Divinity Original Sin and Hitman. Made in only six months, the game follows on from its predecessor with graphical improvements throughout. The game released on 19th February 2024 on PC and mobile. Tactile Tactics and Painty Pointers The game revolves around paintings, namely paintings of iconic Belgian painter James Ensor whose works featured expressionism and surrealism. It is a way for us to interact with his paintings, giving a more comprehensive look at them and discovering his creative works.  Gameplay What better way to appreciate art than to be inside art. From the off, I noted the pointer has become a long sk...
Song of Nunu: A League Of Legends Story – Xbox Review
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Song of Nunu: A League Of Legends Story – Xbox Review

Song of Nunu is a breathtaking adventure game that delves deep into the heartwarming bond between a young boy named Nunu and his yeti companion, Wilump. Developed by Tequila Works and Published by Riot Forge, this game is a heartwarming tale of friendship, courage, and discovery that will leave players with a sense of warmth and fulfilment. It teaches players valuable lessons about friendship, loyalty, and the importance of never giving up, no matter how difficult the obstacles may seem. Nunu and Wilump's journey is not just about saving the village from darkness; it is also about the power of believing in oneself and the strength that comes from standing by those we care about. Though the game ends on a cliffhanger, there even being an achievement stating "It's not over". We may nev...