Tag: Puzzle Games

Three Minutes to Eight – PC Review
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Three Minutes to Eight – PC Review

Developers, Chaosmonger Studios, aim with their latest game, Three Minutes to Eight, to give us gamers "an ever-evolving gaming experience, mimicking a borderline state of mind that teeters on the edge of consciousness, where everything is possible yet remains elusive." An exciting and bold mission statement. The game was released on 31st October 2023, available on all consoles and PC. I got the chance to play through the game recently.  Time to get down to business Three Minutes to Eight is a side-view pixel-art adventure/mystery where the gamer can either point-n-click or use a controller to move around. These kinds of games were so well made and popular that they've stood the test of time. This game goes to show the style and genre aren't going anywhere soon. Do you enjoy these kinds ...
A Tiny Sticker Tale – Switch Review
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A Tiny Sticker Tale – Switch Review

A Tiny Sticker Tale is a Casual Puzzle game releasing on the PC and Switch on the 4th October 2023. Developed and published by Ogre Pixel, a six-person indie studio based in México. Combining charming art, cute characters, and a well-realised central sticker mechanic to create a short, though sweet, experience,  A Tiny Sticker Tale is perfect for gamers looking for a cosy time in front of the screen, if a bit short. A Tiny Sticker Tale – A game with a-peel! Ogre Pixel’s latest effort caused a stir on Kickstarter, finding itself fully-funded within two hours! By the end of the campaign, A Tiny Sticker Tale had over 700% of it’s original target, and had found it’s way onto Kickstarter’s “Projects We Love” page. So I was more than interested to take a closer look! Gameplay Our jour...
Limerick: Cadence Mansion – PC Review
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Limerick: Cadence Mansion – PC Review

Limerick: Cadence Mansion is a first-person horror puzzle game. Collect Relics, solve intricate puzzles, fight off monsters, and evade the grasp of the name-sake deadly marionette named Limerick. Developed by Jenito Studious LLC, a solo developer named Daniel Hall, Limerick: Cadence Mansion is out and available on Steam for £24.99. Not Quite a Jigsaw, But Definitely a Puzzle You awaken in a cell with no memory, name, or idea why you're here. A chipper-sounding floating robot outside, named P-Bo, is somewhat taunting you and warning you about his bad-tempered master, who you later acquaint as Limerick. Once you're released, you're left to explore your surroundings to find means of escape and hopefully some answers. Gameplay Before you begin Limerick: Cadence Mansion, there are three...
Bilkins’ Folly – PC Review
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Bilkins’ Folly – PC Review

When is a pirate not a pirate? When they’re a ‘treasure hunter’, of course! Sailing, swashbuckling and grog is all fine and dandy, but finding long lost booty is the meat of the matter. Of course, most modern pirate-themed games include this, as they should. But often it’s with the aid of a detailed map, HUD and quest markers. Bilkins’ Folly by Webbysoft takes it firmly back to basics, embracing the maps, methods and mania of a true treasure hunter. Percival Bilkins is the young heir of a line of famous treasure hunters, eager to live up to the family name. His mother and grandfather disappeared when he was just a young boy. Now of age, he sets sail with his faithful dog Drayton on a quest to find them. But a dreadful storm finds the pair shipwrecked on a deserted island without bearing...
Station To Station – PC Review
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Station To Station – PC Review

Have your tickets ready as we take a look at the railway simulation puzzle game, Station to Station. The debut game from Dutch developer Galaxy Grove aims to deliver cosy vibes through its wonderful voxel art, relaxing soundtrack, and chilled gameplay. Keep Calm And Carriage On I'm fairly partial to a relaxing simulation game and took a keen interest in Station to Station due to previously playing Train Valley. What are your favourite games in the genre? Let me know in the comments. Gameplay It's a vast, unconnected world out there in Station to Station. It's up to you to connect everything. Each level offers a new configuration of mountains and valleys, grass and water, and producers and consumers. To complete a level, all resources must be distributed where they need to go via fr...
Par For The Dungeon – PC Review
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Par For The Dungeon – PC Review

In the lead-up to the Steam Next Fest, we've been taking a closer look at one of the games taking part. Par For The Dungeon is a golf puzzle game from Canadian developer Sleeping Giant Games. Good Times As Par As The Eye Can See Interested in golfing games? After this review, why not check out our reviews for rogue-like Cursed To Golf or post-apocalyptic Golf Club: Wasteland? Gameplay We meet our golf ball hero, Cal, as they are enjoying an afternoon with their pet dog when disaster strikes. Bogeys - spikey, dark-grey blobs with surprisingly advanced engineering skills - appear and dog-nap Cal's best friend. It's time to go John Wick on these pests! Throughout Par For The Dungeon's multiple worlds your goal is clear; get Cal to the hole and kill all the Bogeys in as few moves as...
Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy – PC Review
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Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy – PC Review

Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is the latest in the Trine series, the first being released in 2009 by developers Frozenbyte. The game was released on 31st August 2023 available on all platforms. We received an invite to see what makes the game tick so we jumped at the chance. Let's delve back into the Trine universe and see what's in store! Wakey, Wakey. Rise and Trine! When Trine was released in 2009 I remember it being a well-made side-scrolling action adventure. This game however had a unique feature - the ability to control all three characters consecutively. The ability to swap from agile thief to lumbersome but tough knight instantaneously had me excited at the time. Who else remembers the previous games from the Trine series? Leave a comment below with your memories of the games....
Homeseek – PC Review
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Homeseek – PC Review

Released 20th July 2023, Homeseek is a post apocalyptic colony sim developed by Traptics and published by The Iterative Collection - with QA credited to iXie Gaming. Homeseek is a new venture for Traptics, whose previous games were both 2D. Being an avid fan of colony sims, I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this one. June 6th - 2101 "Born, bred, and educated in underground bunkers, we emerge to stake our claim on the sparsely inhabited surface. What awaits us is a wasteland ravaged by drought and scarred by ancient wars. It may not be as devoid of life as we had imagined, but that does not make it any less perilous; end even where the barren land meets sea, the undrinkable water only taunts us more." Story First up, let's talk story. Rather than an 'everything all at onc...
Sephonie – Xbox Review
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Sephonie – Xbox Review

  Sephonie is a 3D Puzzle-Platformer that was released on the PC on 12th April 2022. Developed, and originally published, by Melos Han-Tani and Marina Kittaka, the two-person team behind Analgesic Productions. It has recently been ported/published by Ratalaika Games and released on consoles on July 21st 2023. Created by the developers of the Anodyne series, Sephonie is a self-described “Tony-Hawk-esque” 3D platformer. Puzzle elements combine to make a relaxed, if short, experience. The game leaves an impact on players who are willing to invest time into getting the most out of it. Sephonie - A free-running match-three made in heaven Analgesic Productions has a history of well-polished fun games with a quirky edge to them. The first Anodyne game was an honorable mention at the ...
Venba – PS5 Review
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Venba – PS5 Review

As far as cooking games go, there's plenty in the market focused solely on re-creating the mechanics of cooking in a step-by-step sequence or on time and resource management challenges. Whilst Venba is at its core a cooking puzzle game, it also brings with it a robust and emotional narrative. This is the debut release from Canadian-based Visai Studios which aim to tell intimate stories through interesting mechanics. Join me below as we take a look at one of my most highly anticipated games of 2023. Venba -  Cooking Amma What's your favourite Indian dish? Sound off with your recipes in the comments! Gameplay The game begins in the 1980s, Venba and Paavalan have recently moved to Canada due to some tension back home in India regarding their relationship. Venba has been feeling unwell...