"If the gameplay resonates with you" is one of the more maligned phrases in game reviewing. It's a cop out, like defining a word using the same word; but in some cases, like this one, it's just unavoidable. So, if touch-based bridge building resonates with you, then you might like Bridgy Jones.
- Beautiful, surprising, challenging, and subtle, Quell Memento runs the player through a gauntlet of puzzles that range from elementary to devilish, but it's the game's emotional undercurrent that you'll ultimately remember. Snippets of exposition trickle out as you guide your rain drops through stages and memories. This is Braid as a marble maze.
- A Tetris reboot on touchscreen devices from Electronic Arts should by all accounts be a mess of awkward controls and microtransactions. Tetris Blitz retains little of the sentiment from the 1984 original, but inventive and frantic gameplay, mobile sensibilities, and cues from Pac-Man Championship Edition DX combine to make this the Tetris you want for the device you have. It also uses the word Tetriminos without irony.
- The iPhone has no shortage of games that have you flinging cartoony creatures at various targets with something approximating physics. If you imagine an Angry Birds where you navigate levels with multiple flings of your cute mascot, rather than aiming for a single stationary objective, you've got a pretty good handle on what Bombcats is like. Are we at our saturation point for using animals as projectiles, or will you want to spend all nine of your lives playing Bombcats?
- It may look like one of the now-ubiquitous minimalist iPhone weather apps, but Mosaique is more like the love child of Lumines and Echochrome than another reinvention of the thermometer. Beautiful in its simplicity, simple in its design, and satisfying in its gameplay, Mosaique checks all the boxes of a great puzzle game by being the essence of them.
- Things have gone south for the Monopoly Man since he went south of the border. The apocalypse has begun at his Mexican zoo, with animals once on the endangered species list now part of the undead horde. Like any good corporation, the zookeeper has enlisted the help of immigrant children to do his dirty work. Fortunately for you, that dirty work is quite a lot of fun.
- Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Ten years later, Lego began selling interlocking bricks. The two franchises are among the most successful in history, but more impressive is how they've managed to stay relevant through decades of changing taste. Many mobile titles attempt to emulate their genre counterparts on the consoles, but Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes is a full console game. Can the world's greatest detective put the pieces together?
- Sometimes in the recesses of my subconscious I hear Jon St. John's gravelly Duke utter out "Damn, those alien bastards are gonna pay for shootin' up my ride" as his spaceship crashes in the distance. That might not even be the exact line, or the exact context it's said in, but the memory has still stayed with me. I have fond memories of Duke Nukem's charm, but not so much its gameplay.