Firework

Firework

Firework is a Chinese horror puzzle game with a strong focus on story. The game was already a hit in its home country, but a wider audience can now enjoy it thanks to its English translation. Unlike other horror titles, Firework delivers a creepy atmosphere, and compelling story without resorting to cheap jump scares or excessive gore. The unique setting and cultural elements also make for an engaging experience that we highly recommend.

Gameplay: Very linear, and the puzzles are straightforward, but the story is very compelling.

Graphics: Makes good use of color to deliver a creepy and unsettling experience.

Sound: Great soundtrack and plenty of sound effects

Firework First Look Video

Firework First Look Video

Firework by Shiying Studio and Gamera Game is a Chinese horror puzzle game set in a remote mountain village. Players guide rookie police officer Lin Lixun as he investigates an accidental fire at a funeral house. This triggers a series of supernatural events that will leave players on the edge of their seats. Following its overwhelmingly positive reception in Chinese, Firework has now received an English translation too. Check out the video below to see how it all starts

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies is a great combination of fun and frustration featuring hapless cosmonauts trying to complete tasks in zero gravity. Even mundane actions, such as pulling switches and wielding tools, are more challenging due to the control scheme. It is certainly not a game for the easily frustrated as the physics-based gameplay and intentionally tricky controls can wreak havoc on your carefully laid plans. However, struggling through the missions with a friend is both hilarious and rewarding.

Gameplay: Requires a controller to be played properly but offers a lot of fun despite the frustration.

Graphics: The whole visual aesthetic of the game is excellent.

Sound: Excellent soundtrack and sound effects

White Shadows First Look Video

White Shadows First Look Video

White Shadows by Monokel, Thunderful Publishing, and Mixtvision is a cinematic puzzle-platformer where you play as little Ravengirl. She is trying to escape The White City, a place of deadly traps and weird trials where what remains of civilization lives. White Shadows features striking architectural forms and a distinct monochrome art style to create a game steeped in atmosphere. Check out the video below to see some of the action from the game

Pretty Girls Rivers

Pretty Girls Rivers

Pretty Girls Rivers stays true to the series tradition and features six different girls with a variety of outfits to unlock. This is done by playing Shisen-Sho, which is an easy to learn Mahjong-style tile-matching game. The addition of time limits keeps the pressure up, but the game also has an “easy” mode that is perfect for casual players. Overall, fans of the series will enjoy this game even if it doesn’t stray very far from the original formula.

Gameplay: The tile-matching gameplay is easy to grasp, but strict time limits can make later levels challenging.

Graphics: The usual assortment of beautiful 2D character sprites and colorful backgrounds.

Sound: The characters are voiced in Japanese, and the soundtrack isn’t bad either

Poppy Playtime First Look Video

Poppy Playtime First Look Video

Poppy Playtime is a horror/puzzle adventure by MOB Games set in an abandoned toy factory. Players can find a GrabPack to hack electrical circuits or nab anything from afar, but vengeful toys are waiting in the dark. This video feature covers the arrival at the toy factory up until the discovery of the second hand for the GrabPack. Poppy Playtime currently includes the first chapter of the game, with future chapters planned as paid DLC

Rob Riches First Look Video

Rob Riches First Look Video

Rob Riches by Megapop challenges players to step into the boots of a fearless adventurer and treasure hunter as he traverses ancient temples. His goal is to collect all the coins, but there are dangerous traps and mysterious puzzles to contend with first. Rob Riches has his work cut out for him as he explores everything from the Mesoamerican jungle to a Norse temple and a tomb beneath the scorching sands. Check out the video below to see some of the early levels of the game in action

Pretty Girls Rivers First Look Video

Pretty Girls Rivers First Look Video

Pretty Girls Rivers by Zoo Corporation is a puzzle game that challenges players to find and eliminate the paired Mahjong tiles on each level. Doing so within the time limits unlocks new costumes for each of the six girls in the game. Thanks to an “easy mode,” which eliminates the time limit and adds a hint function, Pretty Girls Rivers is also very beginner-friendly. Check out the video below to see a few rounds against the first girl, Riche, in action

Faraday Protocol

Faraday Protocol

Faraday Protocol is a first-person puzzle game set in the unique testing chambers of an alien space station. The game features very striking visuals and gameplay that is simple to grasp but flexible enough to deliver lots of interesting puzzles. Using the Bia Tool to absorb and redistribute energy is a lot of fun, but the game veers a little too much into button-pushing territory towards the end. Nevertheless, despite some repetition, we really enjoyed Faraday Protocol and can heartily recommend it to fans of the genre.

Gameplay: Easy to grasp but filled with lots of clever puzzles.

Graphics: The overall aesthetics are very striking but a little lacking when it comes to variation.

Sound: The audio is minimal but decent

Faraday Protocol First Look Video

Faraday Protocol First Look Video

Faraday Protocol by Red Koi Box and Deck13 is a first-person puzzle game where players get to wield the Bia Tool, an ancient relic of an alien civilization. With this tool and its ability to absorb and redistribute energy, players must puzzle their way through a mysterious space station. The challenges that await will test the wits and intelligence of players and challenge their critical thinking. Check out the video below featuring four of the tests that players will encounter