Genre:  Puzzle

Hitman GO Review: Smart, Beautiful, Boring

Apr 22, 2014

Agent 47, or Jonathan Hitman as I like to call him, is an assassin with a heart. He may garrote goons with piano wires taken from actual pianos and dump their bodies in children's ball pits, but he usually does so for some contrive good reason. I think the previous games involved clones or …something?

You know what? It doesn't matter. Hitman GO is nothing like the games from which it derives. It's a board game - several board games, according to the main menu. You move the titular hitter of men across prescribed grids like a game piece while other pieces representing civilians and thugs of various orders patrol and/or survey the board to knock him over. The hitman always moves first, and moving into an opposing piece from behind or the sides will knock them over instead.

Hitman GO

That's literally all there is to the game. It's as minimalist as 47's own well-waxed dome, and far more appealing to look at than Timothy Olyphant's.

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Fable Age Review: Match-3 Upon a Time

Apr 18, 2014

Match-3/RPG hybrids are cool. Always have been, always will be. Whether we’re talking Puzzle Quest, 10000000 or Puzzle & Dragons, there’s a flavor of puzzle-RPG out there for everyone. Fable Age is a game that plays closest to the latter, but don’t let that fool you – in a world of Puzzle & Dragons clones, Fable Age manages to take those familiar pieces and craft something that can stand on its own two feet.

Fable Age

The debut mobile project from developer Blue Tea Games, it’s no surprise that the team chose to explore the world of myths and fairy tales. It’s a theme that they’re more than familiar with, having developed the popular hidden object series Dark Parables (which never failed to get top marks from our reviewers here at Gamezebo – The Final Cinderella even netted a perfect 5/5).

But while Dark Parables took a rather sinister tone, Fable Age remains playful. Bright colors and cartoony designs rule the day.

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Monument Valley Walkthrough

Apr 7, 2014

Monument Valley is a puzzle game developed by ustwo.  Players will manipulate geometric towers designed with impossible, M.C. Escher-esque logic in order to reach the end of each stage.  Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need in order to understand the logic of this otherwise illogical world.

Monument Valley

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Monument Valley Review: A beautiful journey through an impossible world

Apr 7, 2014

Monument Valley is a work of art.  Its intricate, delicately crafted levels are masterpieces that exceed their M.C. Escher inspirations.  Where Escher designed 2D representations of impossible-yet-operational architecture, Monument Valley opens that idea up to a 3D world that must withstand scrutiny from every angle as well as direct manipulation by the viewer.  Paths that appear elevated and inaccessible from one direction become stepping stones when rotated.  Supporting archways are actually stairs once flipped.  Every part of the towering structures fit together like crisp, fresh out of the box jigsaw pieces, and yet they can be turned and twisted to create dozens of new pictures that are just as unified and smooth.

Monument Valley

Your interaction with these impossible structures is twofold: at times, you will manipulate them directly, turning cranks or sliding pieces of the architecture to achieve tactile, immediate changes.  Other restructurings require characters within the towers themselves to step on buttons to elicit responses, ranging from doors opening to entire sections of the world moving.  All of these actions have one goal: get our protagonist, Ida, to the platform at the end of the stage.

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Fairway Solitaire Blast Review: The best in solitaire is back

Apr 3, 2014

There was a time – let’s call it “the nineties” – when Solitaire was seemed like the most popular PC game of all. Not because people loved it, mind you, but because it was free and came bundled with Windows. Still though, people grew to love it. As a classic card game that we’re all familiar with, the “just one more game” pull of solitaire has always been hard to avoid.

Fairway Solitaire Blast

Despite its popularity, solitaire went years before it got a truly decent upgrade. Plenty of gamemakers had tried, mind you, but it took Big Fish Games to really hit on a winning formula. Combining elements of golf and cards, the original Fairway Solitaire debuted back in 2007 and has since been followed by a litany of releases. You probably know it best by its second iteration, which became something of a cult classic after its port to mobile devices back in 2012. If you’ve played either of these, there’s a good chance that you already know that Big Fish + solitaire is a winning combination.

Fairway Solitaire Blast is the latest release in the franchise, and the first that’s built from the ground up with mobile gamers in mind. In fact, at the time of this writing, it’s a mobile exclusive.

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Fairway Solitaire Blast Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

Fairway Solitaire Blast is, as you can probably guess, a solitaire game. It’s the latest in the popular franchise from Big Fish Games. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to help these card-carrying gophers take back their beloved golf course.

Fairway Solitaire Blast

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Escape Goat 2 Review: You can never have too much of a good goat

Mar 28, 2014

Released in late 2011 for the Xbox 360 and then in the summer of 2012 for the PC, Escape Goat was a quirky puzzle-platformer about both a goat imprisoned in a deadly, trapped-filled dungeon for the crime of practicing witchcraft, and an immortal, magical mouse who helps him escape. Quirky, and also very good if you like that sort of thing, although not particularly easy on the eyes: I noted in my review that the retro-style graphics were "adequate for the task but not much else."

Escape Goat 2

Escape Goat 2 is "problem solved," as they say. It's essentially the original Escape Goat all over again, but with more puzzles – more than 100 in total - and a very pleasing visual update. The Goat is back, imprisoned again along with his magic Mouse buddy and a flock of not-terribly-motivated sheep, this time deep within the Stronghold of Toragos. None have ever escaped – but you're the Escape Goat!

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Block Legend Walkthrough

Mar 12, 2014

Block Legend is a puzzle-based RPG from DotWarrior Games. Gamezebo’s quick start guide will provide you with some tips and hints to brave this pixilated world of dragons, dungeons and danger.

 

Block Legend

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Block Legend Review: Not quite legendary

Mar 11, 2014

I've not felt the draw of a Puzzle Quest game since the first one. The novelty of RPG mechanics met with match-three gameplay wore out for me quickly as I realized even the developers behind them weren't sure what made those games great.

Now I have Block Legend. It's full of obligatory pixel art and chiptunes and the super deformed character design you expect from an indie dev. What it's not is a Puzzle Quest game -- it's not even a match-three game. It is, however, a blend of puzzle and turn-based RPG.

Block Legend

Your character (more on those later) moves from left to right automatically, running into enemies while you match blocks below, a la 10000000. Rather than switching blocks about to match, any number of identical tiles can match at once. 

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Another Case Solved Walkthrough

Feb 28, 2014

Another Case Solved is a match-3 puzzle game developed by Ars Thanea Games.  In this game, you’ll solve cases as a private investigator by completing different types of puzzles.  Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Another Case Solved

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