Tag: Puzzle Games

Toodee and Topdee Review
PC Reviews

Toodee and Topdee Review

After cutting their teeth in a dozen game jams, dietzribi make their first commercial release with Toodee and Topdee. Having originally been a product of a game jam with the theme 'Combine two incompatible genres', Gonen and Ori decided to expand on the project and formally release it. Every once in a while a game comes out that does something new and you instantly think, 'How has no one tried this before?'. This is certainly one of those occasions. The story starts by explaining the creation of the universe. In the beginning, there was only Aleph. Aleph was a master of a special language that can turn words into worlds. He creates 8 worlds, balanced and kept safe by the mystical semi-colon. As he is filling the worlds with life, Glitches begin to appear. Toodoo, Alpeh's assistant, is c...
Song of Farca Review
PC Reviews

Song of Farca Review

Song of Farca is the second game by developer Wooden Monkeys, following Save Koch. Instantly you can tell that they've built upon the style of game they created with Save Koch for this new release. What they've brought to us here is a 2D story-driven hacker sim with plenty of puzzles and choices to make along the way. You play private investigator Isabella Song, or Izy, as she starts to rebuild her career after spending a stint in jail. You'll meet a number of interesting, recurring characters as a multi-threaded narrative weaves together and the consequences of your actions take shape. Black Mirror-esque themes emerge in a world where technology and corporations rule. Join me below as I take a deeper look at Song of Farca. Song of Farca - Can She Hack It? Yes, She Can Having grown up pl...
Dude, Where Is My Beer? Review
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Dude, Where Is My Beer? Review

Dude, Where Is My Beer? An old-school point and click adventure game about finding a pilsner in the confusing world of unnecessary craft beers and snobby hipsters. I got the thrills for the pils! Dude, Where Is My Beer? Was released on Steam 4th November 2020 and holds a "Very positive" ranking in the Steam review section. Developed and published by Arik Zurabian. This is the first game listed on steam by the developer. Let's check it out and see why it has held such a high ranking. Gameplay On first loading the game you are met with a small cut scene. You are dropped off in the town of Oslo by tour bus. You have a quick chat with the driver and decide to head off. Your quest is to head off to the pub for a pint. simple right? Wrong. Things quickly take a turn for the worse whe...
Chicory: A Colorful Tale Review
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Chicory: A Colorful Tale Review

Made by a team of only 5 people, comes a painting game that focuses on adventure and art. Chicory: A Colorful Tale is a 2D puzzle game developed by Greg Lobanov and his team and published by Finji. It was released on June 10th, 2021 on Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. Chicory - The perfect game for anyone who grew up painting random stuff on Microsoft Paint. Since joining Thumb Culture, I've been playing a lot more games than I ever thought I'd play. Because of that, this is the first time I've ever played one of these painting games. I've never gotten the opportunity to play something like Mario Paint, but I do love a good puzzle game and a 2D side scroller. I don't expect anything action packed but I'm looking forward to giving a new type of game I've never p...
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
Switch Reviews

Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective

Developed by Darjeeling and Published by Pixmain comes Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective. Released on the Nintendo Switch on the 21st of June. Based on the best-selling book. Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective is a 2D puzzle video game in which you play Pierre, an eminent Maze detective. You will have to find your way through the immense labyrinths of Opera City to catch Mr. X, an infamous thief who stole the Maze Stone. ​ Take a trip through a fantastic world of amazing cities, tree-top towns, and haunted houses. During your adventure, you can explore each level to find all the collectables, solve the mini-games and talk to all the characters to discover their story. Designed to be played by the whole family, trace your way through each maze, spot the clues and solve the...
Song Of Horror Review
Xbox Reviews

Song Of Horror Review

The horror genre is a bit of a strange subject for me. I love horror in all media; movies (especially foreign), games, books, and so on. But, it's rare that something comes along that gets under my skin. I desperately want to feel fear as I play, yet few games have been able to satisfy my morbid hunger and my gluttony for gore. This is thanks in part to my wholely responsible father exposing me to movies like Aliens, Poltergeist, and Children of the Corn at the age of six. I can recall only one game that made me turn it off after every checkpoint because of the sheer anxiety it bestowed upon me. That game was Outlast. A game that can be done in one sitting, took me about 3 years to finish. But, I DID finish it. I still haven't played the DLC or the sequel...but I did finish the first ga...
Railroad Ink Challenge Review
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Railroad Ink Challenge Review

Developed and published by Horrible Guild, Railroad Ink Challenge started off as Kickstarter. However, it wasn't for the video game, it was for the original board game version. The campaign was ridiculously successful and the board game became a reality. Due to its popularity, we are now blessed with a digital version of that exact game. A stunningly designed simplistic puzzler! I haven't dabbled in a puzzle game like Railroad Ink Challenge in quite some times so I am extremely excited to see how I get on with it. Since moving over to PC I have played nothing but multiplayer titles, keep reading to find out how I get on. Gameplay In short, the main game within Railroad Ink Challenge is to build railways and highways to connect the highest number of entrances and exits. Sounds easy? How...
Monobot Review
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Monobot Review

A side-scrolling puzzle game with a sci-fi element. What's not to love? Monobot is a side-scrolling puzzle game developed by first-time developer DreamSmith Studio and published by Ukuza. It was released on June 18th, 2021 for Microsoft Windows. Someone who gets to know me well will notice one of my passions quickly, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. I've seen the movies, watched the shows and read some books. From HG Wells to Harlan Ellison, I've seen it all. Because of this, you think a sci-fi game is going to be right up my alley, and you are absolutely right. And it's also a puzzle game, how could this not get better. Monobot, this games needs the attention it deserves Haven't played any sci-fi games in awhile so I'm really looking forward to playing this. Lets get this review started shall ...
Manifold Garden Review
PlayStation Reviews

Manifold Garden Review

Here we are today with my Manifold Garden review on the PS5. Manifold Garden was brought to us by William Chyr Studio, who developed and published this game. The game originally came out in 2019 on PC, iOS, and macOS. In 2020 the game had further releases on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game is now available on Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5. Manifold Garden is a puzzle game where you can basically treat everything as a floor and use this to your advantage in your adventure. Manifold Garden - Everything Is A Floor - Literally! Unfortunately, this game was not for my taste. But, do not let that stop you here. Please continue to read this review as it is a brilliant creation from William Chyr. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on Manifold Garden if you've played. ...
Out of Line Preview – Sharp Visuals, Sharper Puzzles.
PC Reviews, Previews & Early Access

Out of Line Preview – Sharp Visuals, Sharper Puzzles.

Out of Line is an upcoming 2D side-scrolling puzzle game developed by Nerd Monkeys and published by Haninh Games. It is due out on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch this year. Playing through the preview the game gave me Inside/Limbo vibes in a big way. I dare say that if you enjoyed those games, this is going to be a must-play for you when it releases. Out of Line - Exploring, San's memory. Play as San as he attempts to escape the factory he once called home. Judging from the trailer, the story will revolve around uncovering memories and discovering the truth about who you are as you journey eventually, hopefully, to freedom. Gameplay In Out of Line, San's primary talent is a spear throw. Along with the standard sideways movement and jump, your puzzle-solving is achieved via a combo o...