Knotmania

Knotmania

Knotmania is an addictive puzzle game with a difference. Not only do you have to untangle tricky knots, but the “Strings” are actually worm-like creatures who resist you at every turn. The strict time limits and stubborn worms make for quite a challenge, but the game also features a Zen mode for a more relaxing experience. If you are looking for an innovative and unique iOS puzzler this is it.

Gameplay: The premise is very straightforward, but untangling those worms is easier said than done.

Graphics: The 3D visuals and lifelike animations give the game a unique feel.

Sound: The audio is a perfect match for the surreal visuals

Chime

Chime

It is a pity that Chime does not have more songs and levels as the game is extremely addictive. It plays like a cross between Tetris and Lumines, but is unique enough to keep you hooked. The audio plays a big role in the game and features tracks from some famous artists so this is a great title to add to your library.

Gameplay: Simple but very addictive.

Graphics: Simple but stylish.

Sound: Tightly integrated with the gameplay

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

Archer Maclean’s Mercury

Mercury is one of those games that requires a lot of precision and patience from you to get the most out of it. If you do not enjoy redoing levels over and over in order to shave off seconds from your time then you will probably end up being frustrated by this title. It is however a different and unique game that makes a nice alternative to the other PSP titles available.

Gameplay: Addictive and challenging but requires a lot of patience.

Graphics: Simple but stylish.

Sound: Never becomes obtrusive or annoying

Papers, Please

Papers, Please

Papers, Please is one of those titles that you have to play in order to truly appreciate. It is hard to try to explain the concept to someone else without making it sound dull, but believe me the game will suck you in. With some thought provoking moral dilemmas and multiple endings you might find yourself coming back to this one again and again.

Gameplay: A truly unique and engrossing experience.

Graphics: The unique visual style matches the mood and setting of the game perfectly.

Sound: Sparse but very fitting

Cubixx HD

Cubixx HD

Cubixx HD takes the addictive formula of the old arcade hit, Qix, and drags it into the modern era. The 3D playing field increases the challenge, but the basics can be mastered in no time. Putting up a decent highscore and completing the Challenge levels takes a bit more practice though, not to mention taking on the online leaderboards. Even when failing repeatedly, the addictive gameplay, stylish visuals and thumping soundtrack will keep you coming back for more.

Gameplay: Easy to learn, but tough to master just like a good arcade/puzzle game should be.

Graphics: Nothing too flashy, but very nice overall.

Sound: Definitely a game where you will want to crank the volume up loud

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Nostalgia obviously plays a huge role when it comes to such a classic license, but this game is good enough to stand out on its own. The basic gameplay is engaging, but with a gentle difficulty curve that makes it suitable for younger players. Experienced players can aim for all the optional goals to up the challenge.

Gameplay: The puzzle solving provides a challenge for players of all ages.

Graphics: The visuals stay true to the animated series.

Sound: Authentic voice acting and catchy tunes

Portal 2

Portal 2

Portal 2 proves that sequels doesn’t have to be lazy cash-ins on the original games success. Everything in this game has been expanded and made better in some way and playing it is a blast. The humor and dialogue are spot on and the puzzles, while not too complicated for veteran players, still have a few head scratching moments.

Gameplay: More story, more puzzles, more of everything.

Graphics: A vast improvement over the original.

Sound: Outstanding voice acting all round

Albert and Otto: The Adventure Begins

Albert and Otto: The Adventure Begins

Albert and Otto offers stylish visuals, interesting puzzles and platforming sections that will leave even veterans with sweaty palms. The story is a little vague, but traversing the bleak, trap-filled gameworld is a lot of fun. The game is a little on the short side, but makes up for it with a low price and with three more episodes to come there is a lot to look forward to.

Gameplay: Quite challenging in places, but conquering the tricky parts is immensely satisfying.

Graphics: The bleak, monochrome art direction is nothing new, but still looks very stylish.

Sound: No speech, but features a suitably eerie soundtrack

Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper

If you enjoy puzzle games that requires a keen eye and quick reflexes then give Zoo Keeper a try. It’s not going to win any awards for the visuals and sounds but the gameplay is addictive enough to warrant a purchase. The stylus controls fit the game perfectly and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you can get sucked in.

Gameplay: Simple but very addictive. Works well with the touch screen too.

Graphics: Extremely basic but cute and colorful.

Sound: Too annoying and repetitive

Kirby: Power Paintbrush

Kirby: Power Paintbrush

With so many DS titles feeling like rehashed Gameboy Advance games it is great to see this ones like this finally start to emerge. It uses the same formula first seen in Yoshi Touch N Go but evolves it into a full fledged game. It comes highly recommended to all platform fans.

Gameplay: Full stylus control throughout makes for an interesting challenge.

Graphics: Very nice 2D visuals.

Sound: Cheerful and uplifting