Blueprint 3D is one of those things that makes you stop and go, “Huh? How’s that work?” It plays with optical illusions and geometry in the most wonderful, magical ways, time and again wowing you with its clever, delightful puzzles.
There’s lots to like about it, with inventive mechanics, cool presentation, three difficulty levels, and loads of puzzles, and little to dislike. Its one noteworthy fault almost undoes it at times, though, frustrating and testing your patience whenever it pops up.
I’m always impressed when I find a really great game on a smartphone that feels like it’s really been handcrafted for the platform. Most of the games I play on smartphones feel like they’re console game imitations, unaware of their own limitations or grossly ignoring them.
That’s what makes Finding Teddy such a joy for me. This is one of those rare Android games that’s not only excellent and tons of fun to play, but truly built from the ground up for a mobile platform. In every sense of the word, this is a smartphone experience. But that doesn’t mean it feels small — in fact, I’d argue the opposite.
I love a good racing game. My introduction to the PS2 was Gran Turismo 4, and I was so hooked on Need For Speed that it might as well have been meth. For a while, I purchased every Need For Speed game they released and still have a few. There’s nothing like a good arcade racer.
That’s one of the reasons I was really excited to check out Asphalt 8: Airborne. If Asphalt can be easily described as anything, we’ll call it the mobile Burnout that EA wishes it knew how to make. If you’re like me and believe that great racing games rarely ask you to hit the brakes, keep reading after the break to find out why you need to do yourself a favour and pick Asphalt 8 up.
When I was younger, one of my favourite games on my Gamecube was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. And maybe it’s out of a sense of nostalgia, but I even saw the movie (it was terrible). That being said, I never got a chance to try out the much-heralded original 2D PoP game. It was always on my todo list, but I never found the time.
That’s why I jumped at the chance to take a look at Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame when I saw it on Google Play. In this 2.5D renditioning of the classic sequel, the prince is taking on the evil Jaffar once more. The plot is ludicrous and apparently a forced retreading of the original, but there’s always more to a game than the storyline and I eagerly took this opportunity to explore one of my favourite video game character’s earlier roots. Read on for my thoughts on the remake.
Since Need for Speed: Underground revolutionized racing games a decade ago, many copycats have come into the market. I’m a big fan of the genre and have dozens of racing games on my tablet, however, to my detriment, it’s very easy to develop and publish on Android, so many of the games that I find are barely playable and most seem to sing from the same hymn sheet — zero innovation.
But now that devices are getting more powerful and the OS can handle more complex graphics and processes, things are certainly getting interesting. Games that would have been impossible just a couple of years ago are easily developed and supported on Android. CSR Racing is such a game. Judging by its appearance, this drag racer has very little to offer. But looks can be deceiving; let’s check it out.
Strategy games, particularly when set in space, tend to be complicated, stressful, and packed with huge learning curves. Not so with Rymdkapsel. It’s a beautiful minimalistic game of base building mixed with Tetris, skipping all that intimidating micro-management in favor of something more pure. It’s both brilliantly straightforward and just plain brilliant.
I remember my first video game console. It was 1989, I was 4 years old and my parents got me a NES with Super Mario Bros. Since then, I’ve been a fairly avid video game player — though admittedly not as often lately as I’d like to. I’ve had Nintendos, PlayStations, Xboxes, PC Games, mobile games, and more. Right now, we are on the cusp of a new popular platform for gaming: the browser. They are getting more powerful, they are everywhere, and thanks to Brass Monkey, they feel like consoles….
I’ve got a real soft spot for Lego. The interlocking plastic bricks and personality-laden mini-figurines (known more commonly as minifigs) reveal a wonderful world of play and construction that’s limited only by your imagination and your supply of parts.
It’s for this reason that I’m always on the lookout for new Lego video games. Travellers Tales’s narrative-driven movie license tie-ins are always a delight to play, but they only show one side of Lego’s appeal. The recently-released Lego City Rapid Rescue provides a more traditional, more grounded kind of roleplay that’s as fun as it is simple.
Ending is one of those rare and wonderful games that manages to be both simple and complex, building its depth out of elegant rulesets and engaging you from the very first instant. It’s easy to learn — requiring no tutorial — but hard to master, and often throws surprises your way.
It’s one of the best Android games around, balancing distinct, attractive visuals with challenging level design and pick-up-and-play mechanics.
I’m always looking for quick fun games that, hopefully, don’t cost me too much money. I have friends with kids — and a new niece. Since I’m not a parent yet, I have no qualms with passing somebody else’s kids an electronic device in the hopes that they’ll amuse themselves.
With that in mind, Busy Beaver caught my eye when I saw it on the Play Store. It was free and looked like a more colourful version of Tetris. Plus, it featured a beaver! There probably wasn’t a single better way to let Canadian children pass the time. I just didn’t realize I’d like it too.