App Sale: Graphic puzzler FRAMED gets price slash

App Sale: Graphic puzzler FRAMED gets price slash

Aug 15, 2017

Every now and then, we come across a game that grabs a hold of us.

FRAMED is one of those. It’s an interesting, comic-like game that we loved, and, coincidentally, is also on sale right now.

To play it is to get engrossed in it. Every “page” comes together like a graphic novel, except that the middle frames are jumbled up; the idea is to shift said middle images around in such a way that a coherent story is formed, and one gets from point A — the first frame — to point B — the culmination for that page.

And on to the next. And so on.

In any case, FRAMED can be had right now for $0.12. Yep, 12 cents… down from its regular price of $2.99

Not bad.

If you’re wondering why we love it, check our review from way back when.

By the way, the game has a sequel too, aptly named FRAMED 2.

[Our FRAMED Review]

[via Slickdeals]

While on sale, realMyst gets an update

While on sale, realMyst gets an update

Jul 28, 2017

We just pointed out that realMyst, the full-fledged mobile port of popular PC game Myst is on sale. Now, right in step with that promo, the game itself is getting an update.

But wait… we do wanna note, again, that this one is on sale. For only $0.99, down from $6.99. Not a bad price for an excellent game at all.

Simple stuff, really… one pertinent change involves gamepads; the inversion feature no longer flips on the x-axis.

The Play changelog also notes the patching of a major save bug.

And yes, it’s still on sale. It’s our civic duty to encourage y’all to get in on this. While you’re doing that, check out our game review.

[Our realMyst Review]

PC Port realMyst (along with sequel Riven) is on sale!

PC Port realMyst (along with sequel Riven) is on sale!

Jul 27, 2017

We try to be circumspect with our proclamations, but we feel it is fairly safe to say that Myst is an iconic game. It’s had plenty of valiant imitators, but the official Android port — realMyst — was a fun iteration that brings the desktop experience alive via Google Play.

And now, realMyst is on sale. At a sharp discount: $0.99.

As in 99 cents.

As in discounted from its regular price of $6.99.

Not that y’all really need to be sold on this one.. great graphics, first-person gameplay and a whole hos of puzzles to keep folks on their mobile gaming feet.

We got along just fine with this one when we took it for a gander earlier this year; we figure you just might like the sequel Riven, which (gasp!) is also on sale for $0.99, down from its regular price $3.99.

Check out the trailer to both games below, as well as our review of realMyst.

realMyst:

Riven:

[Our realMyst Review]

Upcoming game Flipping Legend due out this month

Upcoming game Flipping Legend due out this month

Jun 4, 2017

Noodlecake and Hiding Spot Games have a new game on the wire: Flipping Legend.

Per the presser:

In Flipping Legend you take control of one of many heroes, each with a custom look, ability set and skill tree. By tapping left or right you flip forward on a diagonal to the next square. Land on an enemy to take them out and add life back to your ever draining heart bar.

But beware there are many dangers on your journey. Spike pits, enemies projectiles, lava, ghosts are out to get you. Move too slowly and have your heart meter run out and its game over. Flipping Legend is all about mastering speed and pattern recognition.

Once you start to level up your character an entire custom skill tree is available to you that powers you up and allows you’re adventure to last longer. There is also a custom loot system where you can unlock gold and new skins by collecting different chest types.

Due date? June 14th.

Ah… the trailer:

Myst sequel ‘Riven’ drops onto Android

Myst sequel ‘Riven’ drops onto Android

Apr 26, 2017

When the true Myst port realMyst appeared on Google Play, we had to fight back tears of joy. Why? Well, when of the best PC games — like, uh, ever — makes its way to Android, it shows Android gaming has indeed arrived.

And hey, the goodness keeps coming. Say hello to Riven: The Sequel to Myst.

Yes, it’s the sequel… and it’s here for our downloading pleasure — on Google Play AND the Amazon Appstore.

Taking up where Myst left off, get to know the Age of Riven with meticulously remastered sights and sounds that lets you explore Atrus’ trap book, the Moiety intervention, the mag-lev ride, Jungle Village, Catherine’s prison, Gehn’s Age, the Wahrk throne, and all the mysteries of the island with just a simple touch or swipe.
The Riven Android app features:
* All of the original Ages and gameplay
* Bluetooth controller support for Android phones, tablets, and NVIDIA Shield
* Award-winning Riven score by Robyn Miller
* Full screen movies and animations, full music and sound effects
* Auto-save and multitasking, bookmark system to save and restore progress
* Advanced navigation – swipe to turn, zoom in anywhere for more detail
* Google Play Games achievements
* Hot Spot hints, Integrated Hint Guide

This one is a premium offering that can be had for $3.99.

Check out the trailer:

[via Cyan Press Release]

[Our realMyst Review]

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Apr 21, 2017

Invert is a new game from Glitchnap that arrives on Google Play under the Noodlecake banner.

We hear this one is a puzzle, one that might even invoke the good old Rubik’s Cube.

Details (per Google Play):

In Invert you press buttons around a tile grid that flip a certain pattern of tiles. Your goal is to make all tiles the same color using as few moves as possible. Easy to solve, but hard to solve well.

GAME MODES
– Campaign: Solve levels in certain amount of moves. Take as much time as you need – there’s no time limit.
– Challenge: Solve levels against the clock. Use as many moves as you want.
– Expert: Similar to Challenge Mode, but a lot harder. Like, a *lot* harder.

FEATURES
– 20 mind-bending patterns with 1000’s of combinations
– Over 120 hand crafted levels
– Custom soundtrack per level
– 2 unique gameplay modes
– 1 expert mode.
– 0 distracting advertisements or commercials

Invert carries a one-time price of $2.99.

Island Delta Review

Island Delta Review

Feb 28, 2017

It’s time to get to Island Delta.

The game itself is presented in expansive top-down view, such that the simple touch controls easily guide the characters through simulated roofless buildings. The color is well done, and the animations quite smooth.

The leading narrative is dastardly indeed. Zoe is our main protagonist, and she is working on an exciting mechanical development. Unfortunately for her, mad scientist Gunderson takes a shining to her invention, and steals it with the help of a lobbed grenade. Zoe embarks on a trip with trusted friend Baxter to Gunderson’s lair to retrieve her stuff.

Simple backstory aside, this one gyrates into action immediately; the game gives pointers in the early going to help move things along. You, the player, take charge of Zoe (who is armed with a nifty gravity tool), and then look to make it from Point A to Point B in a series of levels.

Now, as one would expect, making if from the starting point to the the exit of each level isn’t as easy as walking in a dainty, straight line; there are interesting obstacles in the way. These obstacles are fairly interesting and varied, ranging from human to humanoid to whimsically evil (weaponized crab-like robot for the win). At the risk of playing spoiler, I especially liked — despised, really — the rotating gun, because it added an interesting challenge.

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Through it all, the player is tasked with solving procedural puzzles, while collecting important data while avoiding and/or destroying sentries. The puzzles usually involve getting doors to open so as to move on, but might entail doubling back to get to something missed or recently unveiled.

The gameplay is simple, and the challenges competitive enough to keep interest piqued; it all comes together quite nicely.

As intuitive as the the touch controls are, this is definitely one game that I hope the developer does see fit to add gamepad support to; it could do fairly well casted to bigger screens.

For a one-time premium price, Island Delta just about feels like a seal. Rare in this day and age.

Gravity Duck Islands Review

Gravity Duck Islands Review

Feb 21, 2017

It’s a rough and tumble world, and plenty of mobile games that mimic it. Battling, strategy… heck, even simulated “reality” games. Pick your poison, eh?

Still, there are times when we all wanna just be like the Commodores on a weekend day… this one just about gets you hummin’.

At first rip, Gravity Duck Islands looks and feels like your regular platformer. The cavernous pathways, gaps to jump and the the like allow it feel familiar out the gate; the core idea, presented in leveled fashion, is to avoid all the potential stoppers and get from the entrance door to the stage-ending exit.

The obstacles start out being relatively easy, and start getting harder by type and manifestation: endless gullies, good old lethal spikes, animals and more. To navigate his, first, we have a the ubiquitous jump button; there is also movement buttons that allow you to control the left/right movement of our protagonist duck. Running with the jump button creates a leap and all that hood stuff.

But the main gimmick in this game is the gravity button. This allows the player to literally simulate the reversal of gravity — the ground becomes the ceiling and vice versa. Now, it’s a fine tool from the get-go, as it becomes apparent from the first level that it is impossible to move on without looking to switch perspective and path to a fixed piece of play area.

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And the challenge then becomes timing jumps, gravity swaps and avoiding obstacles, while collecting collectibles and moving on. As you move on in the game, you will discover that our traveling duck does have a few more tricks up it’s wing feathers, like the ability o engorge itself with air like a balloon, and a funky teleporting skill.

It comes together fairly nicely, and overall, it’s a relatively enjoyable experience. premium, one-time pricing with no ads is the cherry on top.

Island Delta Arrives on Google Play

Island Delta Arrives on Google Play

Feb 17, 2017

And now we get a new one under the Noodlecake banner, courtesy of Finnish developer Mantisbite: Island Delta.

The game hearkens to the good old old shooters like Portal, though at the look at the visuals makes one look forward to the assumed whimsical nature.

Island Delta is an exciting action filled adventure game where you wield a powerful anti-gravity weapon to defeat dangerous enemies, solve puzzles and overcome hazardous traps. Explore this retro-futuristic world with heroes, Zoe and Baxter, as you set out on a daring rescue mission and face the evil Doctor Gunderson and his mechanical minions.

Per the presser, Island Delta does not currently support gamepads; the developer doesn’t completely shut the door, as it notes that the game might gain such support in the future.

Price? $2.99, with no ads or IAPs.

Check out the trailer below.

[via Island Delta Press Page]

Ravenous Games and Noodlecake Partner to Release Gravity Duck Islands

Ravenous Games and Noodlecake Partner to Release Gravity Duck Islands

Feb 4, 2017

Ducks!!!!!!!

Gravity Duck Islands is a new game that just launched on the Play Store.

The new game is a platformer that splits 80 levels across 4 locales, each of the locales (islands) adds new movement mechanics.

Per the presskit:

As the Gravity Duck you will travel across 4 islands with unique mechanics while flipping gravity to help you reach the end of the level. Do this while avoiding obstacles in this silly puzzle platforming game!

Features:
– Flip gravity and walk on walls / ceilings
– Unique abilities for each island – Jump, Float, Teleport and Phasing
– Collect rubber ducks to buy hats
– Tricky puzzles

Gravity Duck Islands is available for the one-time price of $2.99; we’re looking forward to checking it out!

Check out the trailer:

[via Gravity Duck Press Page]

RealMyst Review

RealMyst Review

Jan 30, 2017

Wow…

It’s a beautiful environment, distinctly island-y, with quiet paths,stone outcropping and interesting looking buildings.Go forward? Backwards?

Hmmm…

This is pretty much how realMyst, the classic PC-borne puzzle game, unveils itself on Android.

And yes, the visuals are the a great intro. The graphics do underscore the PC roots, with plenty of attention to detail in the varied environments. Sunlight cuts to darkness appropriately, and the fantastic objects almost adopt a ring of truth. The game is all about discovery and exploration, and the game eye candy is clearly privy to this. The game is taken in in first person, just as it is in the original iterations.

The default controls make use of touchscreens, and the in-game helper gets one going fairly quickly; in short order, one learns how to move forward, normally and at pace, as well as going backwards. Swinging one’s view up and down and from side-to-side is fairly intuitive.

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The action gets going. Immediately. Right from the start, the player is invited to move around, and interact with objects. Nothing is too obvious; one has to take in information, and look for patterns, and, every now and then, double back to find something missed. The puzzles are quite interesting; without playing spoiler, it pays to pay attention to shiny things and buttons. As already noted, exploration is the name of the game, and there are several mechanical solutions that become apparent when sequences are figured out.

It comes together quite well. It doesn’t deviate too far from the source ports, and the puzzles do provide a good deal of challenge. The combination of artwork and fantasy tales work well together, and the narrative is pretty decent. There are achievements to garner, and the game even packs an onboard guide (psst: if you get stuck, there are walkthroughs online. I think).

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Still, those controls probably could be tweaked a bit, and the unilateral nature of solving puzzles might be a bit of a drag.

Nontheless, this is a fun one. It is very easy to get into, and the relaxing nature of the game is a great draw.

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Jan 26, 2017

You might wanna check this one out… realMyst is here!

realMyst is all-things Myst, but amazingly more real. You can explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime! Pick your own path through the forest on Myst Island. Look lazily upward into the Channelwood Age trees. Relax next to the rippling fountain as the sun sets in the Selenitic Age. Spin around for a full panoramic tour of Sirrus’ throne room. Seek shelter from the thunderstorm in Stoneship Age.

Cyan head Rand Miller is excited about the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Noodlecake Studios on introducing a new generation of mobile gamers to Myst and Riven,” he says.

Noodlecake operations chief Ryan Holowaty is equally thrilled. “Getting to work with Cyan on realMyst is about as surreal as the game itself,” he says. “Myst was such a huge part of our gaming histories that never in our wildest dreams did we ever think our small studio in the middle of nowhere Canada would work on such a storied franchise. Rand and Robyn’s work has had a huge influence on us and we’re excited for our fans to discover this magical game.”

The game is available now for $6.99. Check out the trailer: