The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between

The Gardens Between is a relaxing and charming puzzle game based around friendship and memories. It features time manipulation for puzzle solving but never becomes too complicated or convoluted. The visuals are detailed and beautiful while the audio complements the dreamlike atmosphere nicely. While it’s not a very lengthy or particularly challenging game, it still makes for an enjoyable experience.

Gameplay: The puzzles are clever, but never too taxing.

Graphics: Very detailed and beautifully animated.

Sound: The soundtrack is very soothing

Bright Paw

Bright Paw

Bright Paw is a great puzzle adventure starring an adorable feline protagonist. The card-based movement mechanics make for interesting puzzles especially when special abilities are thrown into the mix. While not the most difficult puzzle game available, it’s very enjoyable and has a very polished look and feel.

Gameplay: Not very difficult, but quite fun.

Graphics: Lots of imaginative levels.

Sound: The soundtrack is beautiful and the standard of the voice acting very high

Evergate Getting A Steam Release

Evergate Getting A Steam Release

PQube and developer Stone Lantern Games have announced that Evergate will be getting a PC release via Steam. The game is already out on Nintendo Switch and has been receiving rave reviews for its unique align-to-shoot mechanic, the Soulflame. It requires players to aim and fire at fire crystals that are found throughout the environments to harness their mysterious powers to solve challenging puzzles

The Room Three

The Room Three

The Room Three builds upon everything that made the previous two games so successful and adds some interesting ideas of its own. It’s a lot more ambitious than the past games with larger environments and more exploration. The visuals and audio are top-notch while the puzzles are extremely satisfying to solve. It’s still a rather short experience, but the inclusion of alternate endings that require some effort to uncover adds some longevity.

Gameplay: If you are a puzzle fan, then you’ll love this game.

Graphics: The visuals are beautifully detailed.

Sound: Sparse music, but great sound effects

Knot

Knot

Knot is an enjoyable puzzle game that is based on interlocking burr puzzles. It’s a decent looking game, but the control scheme leaves a lot to be desired. With 40 puzzles on offer, the game can be completed in a few hours, but considering the low price tag, it is still something that will keep puzzle fans entertained despite the niggles.

Gameplay: The concept is very enjoyable, but the controls let the game down.

Graphics: The puzzles look great and the wood, stone, copper, and other materials for the textures add some visual variety.

Sound: Relaxing, but not very varied

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions

Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions follows in the footsteps of its predecessor with more of the same soothing jigsaw style puzzles. The gameplay remains unchanged, but the new theme features slightly more sinister-looking stained glass art to assemble from broken pieces. It’s still a very enjoyable experience, but overall it’s more of the same, so like the original, it will be a love it or hate it experience for most players.

Gameplay: Assemble stained glass images by piecing together the broken pieces.

Graphics: The art style is unique and some of the images are quite sinister.

Sound: Very soothing and relaxing

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix

Galactrix tries to improve on the classic Puzzle Quest gameplay, but falls far short in a lot of areas. The story mode is not very engaging and the game squanders a lot of its potential. At every turn, we encountered something that could have been good if it was implemented properly, which is a pity. The core gameplay is still addictive but becomes tiresome far sooner than the original ever did. Add to this some technical issues and you have a game that is hard to recommend.

Gameplay: The basic elements are addictive, but you have to put up with a lot of tedium.

Graphics: Not bad, but nothing stands out as great.

Sound: The soundtrack is decent, but everything else is pretty forgettable

Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect is not just one of the best looking versions of the classic game, but also the most addictive. In addition to the stylish “Journey” mode, there are a host of other variations on the Tetris theme to keep you coming back for more. The audio and visual style of the game is superb and it is only the lack of direct multi-player modes that dampens the fun a bit. Even if you already own some version of Tetris this is one that you should not miss.

Gameplay: Still a timeless classic.

Graphics: Very trippy and hypnotic.

Sound: Complements the puzzle action nicely

Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered

Time Mysteries: Inheritance – Remastered

Even in “Remastered” form Time Mysteries: Inheritance is one of the weakest titles in the Artifex Mundi catalog. The visuals are very rough and fuzzy due to the low-resolution artwork and the voice acting is spectacularly cheesy. It’s nice to travel to different centuries, but the locations in each are bland and unmemorable. Overall, there are so many other great games in the genre that this one can be safely skipped.

Gameplay: Very basic and unremarkable.

Graphics: Rough around the edges.

Sound: The voice acting is some of the worse we’ve heard for a hidden object game

Seven Doors

Seven Doors

Seven Doors is a puzzle game that challenges players to navigate their way through several unique challenges. Each room challenges players in a different way and the developers have come up with plenty of unique scenarios. There isn’t really an over-arching story to tie everything together and the game is also quite short, but it’s an enjoyable experience while it lasts.

Gameplay: Seven Doors will challenge your problem-solving skills in several unique ways.

Graphics: Not cutting-edge, but impressive enough for a small studio.

Sound: Very good