tint. by Lykke Studios is a relaxing color mixing puzzler. In the game you are presented with different pages of color. You have to get specific colors to endpoints or goals. Those goals might be colored Origami butterflies or colored bells or other colored objects.
Sounds easy enough. However, sometimes the goals are not the colors you have and you have to mix colors. Basic color mixing theory knowledge is a must.
Other times paths need to be adjusted with white paint. Even further into the game colors themselves need to be adjusted by going through special blobs that remove a color. For example, green going over a blue remover makes it yellow.
The end result is a scribble of paint that doesn’t necessarily represent anything. Although some of the random designs you create to get to the end are cool looking.
The game definitely makes you think, and can be tricky at times. The levels definitely get harder as you move through the game. There are hints available which will point you in the right direction or use them all to solve the level. I found myself using hints in the higher levels and thinking "Why didn't I think of that!" Thanks to Apple Arcade these hints are free (not gaming your subscription to Arcade). I can easily see them requiring an ad view or an in app purchase if the game was outside of Arcade.
One nice thing about tint. Is that it is easily playable on any size screen. iPhone play will not be an issue.
There are fifty levels in total and the end of the game promises more levels. I will be keeping the game one my iPad eagerly awaiting those new levels.
Aarcade Reviews rating 5 out of 5
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In my first impressions tweet of ShockRods, by Stainless Games, I said it reminded me of the Playstation game Twisted Metal. I don't have much experience with Twisted Metal, except playing at my friend's place many years ago. However, I remember it being fun and crazy. You drove around in a crazy Hot Wheels type of car and it was basically last car standing. After playing Shock Rods for a little while longer, it still reminds me of Twisted Metal. I wouldn't say it is not a Twisted Metal clone at all, but a new addition to the genre.
In Shock Rods, you are a car, or Shockrod, driving through different environments trying to survive by not be destroyed by the other Shockrods. You do this by not getting hit by their weapons, and destroying the other rods with weapons you collect. That is the basic goal of the game.
When you start a game you choose between online play with other people or offline where you play against bots. While I did seem to have a couple of long waits when connecting to an online game, I aways found a match. This is more than I can say for another online game in Arcade.
There are several different game scenarios that you can get dropped into. These include deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, shock ball, and golden ram. I have randomly played all except for shock ball. The gameplay video below is from the golden ram scenario. (As you can see I'm not the greatest player yet, but I think it will improve over time).
In addition to the various modes, there are various locations. You can play in a lava pit or in the mountains or several other locations. You can also customize your vehicle in various options to make it your own style.
Overall, gameplay is fun. However, I did find controlling my vehicle to be a bit tricky, even with a controller. It was definitely easier with a controller, but still not easy. Gameplay is also fast and furious. You can't blink or you might be destroyed. I would not recommend playing this on an iPhone. The screen is too small and in my opinion the game is too hard to follow on the small screen.
One big complaint is the lack of a map while you are playing. It would be nice to have a map of the playing area that also showed where the enemy and friendly vehicles were. Without the map I was just driving around blindly trying to find my targets. Once I did find a target it was hard to tell if it was friendly or an enemy. I just ended up shooting at whatever crossed my path.
My other complaint is that you get dropped into the areas without any directions on how to play that particular game scenario. The name of the match is displayed, but a summary of the goal would be a little helpful.
With those complaints aside, ShockRods is still a fun game. Fans of Twisted Metal will definitely find it enjoyable and so will other fans of games of this genre. Is it perfect? I would say no, but it is worth downloading and trying out. I feel like it is one of those games that you need to constantly play and get used to thoroughly enjoy.
AArcade Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5
The name Mutazione did not make me think of a peaceful, but mysterious, island where your sick grandfather is keeping a secret and sending you on tasks to help him. It made me think some mutant science adventure with fighting and scary mutants. However, the first description is what the Apple Arcade app Mutazione, by Die Gute Fabrik is all about.
Yes, there are mutants, but not the scary kind (at least not all of them). In fact most of them are friendly.
Let me back track. In the game you play Kai, a fifteen year old girl, who has gone to the island Mutazione to visit her ailing grandfather. Mutazione is home to a community of mutants that are the ancestors of the survivors of a meteor over one hundred years ago. As I said earlier, these are friendly mutants, who welcome you and help you throughout the game. There is also one creepy mutant who remains a mystery as of this writing and how far I have gotten in the game.
You are on the island to visit your sick grandfather, who seems to know more about the island then he is willing to tell you. There is definitely a mystery to unravel as you play, but there is also a lot of fun to be had as you interact with the inhabitants of the town. You learn about their relationships with each other, and they also lead you through the game with tasks by your grandfather.
Gameplay is very simple. You tap to go to various locations and icons let you know when you can interact with certain items on the screen, including people. The "world" is rather small and you can quickly get from one extreme to the other. The characters you interact with range in shapes and sizes.
One of the things you do as you play is collect seeds for planting a garden. I have had to plant a garden once so far, and it is not as easy as it sounds. The plants have to be placed in the correct spots for the garden to grow correctly.
Mutazione is definitely not the game I was expecting when I started playing it, but I am finding myself really enjoying the game. It feels like I am working my way through a novel and I have to get to the end. I have found times when I don't really know what to do and am clicking around to interact and get a clue, but I still keep playing. I am anxious to see what secret the grandfather is keeping.
I definitely suggest checking it out.
AArcade Reviews Rating 4 out of 5
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I've never played any Zelda games available on the Nintendo systems, but from what I hear Oceanhorn 2 is a game in that style. I also never played the original Oceanhorn, but Oceanhorn 2 is completely playable without any knowledge of the original.
I wanted to write a quick mini review of some thoughts about Oceanhorn 2. I am still playing the game and really enjoying it. However, it isn't perfect and here are some pros and cons I am seeing after about 8 hours of gameplay.
Beautiful game with a lot of details and fantastic sound effects
Plenty of gameplay. This is not a quick game.
Fun and makes you think.
Puzzles are very solvable, although I have needed help from walkthrough videos at a couple of points.
Playable with or without a controller on any device.
Cut scenes are very long, too long.
A lot of time is spent running, flying or doing something else getting from place to place with nothing to do.
Some of the puzzles are hard and require help.
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons and Oceanhorn 2 is a fantastic game available in Apple Arcade. I highly recommend trying it out.
Arcade Review Rating 4 out of 5
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Apple Arcade is only a few weeks old and I have been on the free month trial since day one. I have downloaded and tried a bunch of games, but does that mean the $4.99/month membership will be worth it once my trial is over?
In my opinion, that answer is an easy yes! No, it isn't because I have started this website and it would be pointless without the membership. It is because I am downloading and playing games that I am getting hours of fun out of. I am downloading and trying games I would never have downloaded before, and loving them! This includes games like Assemble with Care, and Down in Bermuda, and most recently Pilgrims. These are amazing games, and some of my favorite so far. If they were individual purchases I probably wouldn't even consider downloading them.
There are also games like Hexaflip and Grindstone which I could easily see having a bunch of ads and IAPs in the games if they were't part of arcade. Again, fabulous games that would not be on my devices if not for Apple Arcade.
Of course, there is also the new Frogger, which I love. I can't forget Oceanhorn 2, which I am playing whenever I can and loving. I never played the original, and probably would not have bought the sequel. However, Apple Arcade is letting me discover all of these fantastic games and developers that I would never have tried.
Sure, there have been duds and games I don't like. I am still trying to make a decision on Sonic Racing.
Hopefully, the great run of games keeps up. I remember seeing a Pac-man game in a preview, and I can't wait for that. I also can't wait for more hidden gems like those mentioned above.
For me, I will gladly pay the $4.99 a month for Apple Arcade. What has you Apple Arcade experience been like so far?
When I opened Apple Arcade on my iPad this morning I was pleasantly surprised to find several new games had been added. Among them was a game called Pilgrims, by Amanita Design, and I decided to download it. I started playing it and could not stop!
So, what is Pilgrims all about? In Pilgrims you start as a Pilgrim, or traveler, and you are at a campsite. You eventually work you way to a boat. At the boat there is a woman who will give you a ride if you find her bird. This sets you off on a variety of missions and adventures and the map of the game expands to the entire land. See the gameplay video below of the beginning of the game (some parts of scenes have been fast forwarded through).
As you play, you encounter a variety of characters who need certain items in exchange for other items and tasks. You need to complete these tasks in order to find the bird (which you have to find three times before catching). There are different ways to interact with the different characters which changes the course of the game.
Gameplay is very unique. Instead of guiding a character and clicking another character to interact with him or her, you have a deck of cards under the main screen. These cards consist of characters and items. You place the cards onto the main screen to interact with the scene. Different cards produce different results. As you play, subtle hints are dropped about what you need to do to succeed in a scene in the form of characters talking to each other or thinking about what they need.
There is also an achievement screen full of cards. Each achievement you accomplish fills in a card. You can see the unfilled cards as another hint of how to play and what you have to do.
When you finish the game, which took me about an hour the first time (I have played through twice as of this writing), you can go back and try other options to complete different achievements. For example, there is a dragon character in the game. Without giving away anything, there are two ways to interact with this dragon which also results in the end story for another character. There are several scenes that have these multiple options. However, in the end the bird will show up three times so you can get the boat ride.
The artwork in the game looks great. It reminds me of Maurice Sendak and "Where the Wild Things Are." The style is a lot of fun, and it adds to the humorous portions of the game.
Overall, Pilgrims is a must play in my book. It is a unique game and a lot of fun.
Arcade Reviews Rating: 5 out of 5
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If you like puzzle games that challenge your brain (think games like The Room series) than you will enjoy Down in Bermuda by Yak and Co.
In the game you play a pilot who crash landed in Bermuda about thirty years ago, and trying to get back to civilization. You start out on an island with several fairly simple puzzles to solve. As you solve the puzzles other are revealed and you have to collect orbs which power the door to the next island and also little stars. The orbs are found by solving certain puzzles, while the stars are hidden throughout the island. When you collect enough stars one final puzzle is revealed for the last needed orb.
Puzzles include arranging blocks correctly, pushing buttons or other objects in a correct sequence, or unlocking doors with buttons and levers.
As you progress through the three islands (there are only three as of this writing with more coming) the puzzles get harder and harder to find. There are also more of them to solve in order to move on. There are also keys you collect as you go which not only unlock something on the current island, but the previous one.
The gameplay is unusual. That is not to say it is bad, but different. You don't control the character. Instead you move around the island with your fingers finding the various puzzles and solving them by tapping. Sometimes the character is involved, sometimes he is not.
The issue I had with the gameplay is that it is hard to actually find the puzzles and know what you are suppose to be doing. I randomly started tapping on objects that might be a puzzle as I played. Sometimes I got lucky, other times it was just part of the image. By the way the game looks great.
The game is very playable on the iPhone and iPad. The controls are very easy to understand and very smooth. Interacting with objects seemed flawless to me. I actually found it easier to play on the smaller screen of the phone. I could move around easier and it felt like I could see more when zoomed out from the island. (You zoom in and out as you go through the game.)
Overall Down in Bermuda is a great game and worth the download. It is the second game in less than a week that I have finished (or gotten as far as I can go) and will keep on my iPad eagerly awaiting an update with the next level (hopefully levels). (In case you were wondering the first was Way of the Turtle.)
Aareviews Rating 4.5 out of 5
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