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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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
Mini Motorways by Dinosaur Polo Club is a fun game from Apple Arcade that has you building roads in a city to get cars to their destination to take a pick up people from the buildings. It’s a little more complicated than that, but that is the basic goal of the game.
During the game you start with on house and one building of the same color that you have to connect by essentially drawing the road with your finger. As you play other buildings, some the same color and some different, will pop up at random. You have to connect the buildings to roads that you create and draw. Along the way you might need a bridge to span a river, a highway, or even a traffic light to help with this task.
More and more buildings and houses will appear as you play, making the roads busier and busier. This is when the highway and or traffic light can come in handy.
The game takes place during the days of the week and every Sunday you are given more road pieces and one extra (bridge, more road, traffic light, or maybe a highway).
You goal is to get as many cars to the buildings as possible. The game ends when one of the buildings overflows with passengers for the cars.
Gameplay is very easy and addictive, once you get the hang of the game. In my first impression tweet I send out I compared the game to Lemmings. The cars are like the Lemmings and you are building the pathways for them to reach their goal.
There are 6 city “levels” to choose from. I don’t know if they are really levels, because I found no difference between them in difficulty level. Each city has a goal of 250 cars reaching their destination. Once you do that there are no additional goals and you are playing for your own personal goals. I wish there were more goals per city to add more challenge. I finished all of the city goals in a couple of hours and now I just play to see how high my score can be. Hopefully goals and more cities will be added in an update.
The graphics of the game are simple and clean. There are no details in the environment, but they aren't really needed.
Overall, I really like Mini Motorways. If you are an Apple Arcade subscriber it is worth trying it out.
Aarcade Reviews rating: 4 out of 5
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