Free Lunch Design, the folks behind Icy Tower 2, released the 2nd episode to Dark Nebula, a fun labyrinth style puzzle game on the iOS, Android and Blackberry platforms. Created with highly polished extremely sharp HD graphics most puzzle lovers will really enjoy Dark Nebula 2. The iOS and Blackberry versions of Dark Nebula Episode 2 costs $2.99 while the Android version comes free with ads. Consumers can pay $2.99 to remove the ads in the Android version.
You guide the shiny metallic looking ball through the labyrinth by tilting your mobile phone or tablet. The core game play resembles episode One’s game play with some new twists.
The Free Lunch Design team has added new elements like a colored light ball that orbits your metal ball and smashes dangerous elements like creatures that look like they compete in Robot Wars.
Rating: We give Dark Nebula Episode 2 a rare 5/5 balls.
NY based Large Animal Games released Color Zen, another great puzzle game for the iOS and Android platforms back in June but we missed the launch thanks to an alien abduction. :O)
Large Animal Games uses three key ingredients in Color Zen: bright colors, geometric shapes and relaxing ambient music. You merge like colors together by drag them into each to flood the screen with that color. The Color Zen player aims to flood the screen with the border color. The game plays brilliantly. The game doesn’t keep score which helps with the relaxation factor. Puzzle lovers will enjoy Color Zen.
Color Zen costs $0.99 and you can buy different color packs at various price points.
The blobs are rising and they are quite colorful. An indie game studio called Robot Invader created Rise of the Blobs, a free 3D puzzle game playable on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Robot Invaders decided to use the free to play business model for Rise of the Blobs with in app purchases.
The player must drop different colored fruit onto the same colored blobs. Then you explode the blog with the fruit by tapping it which also causes the same colored blobs directly next to the blob to burst. You rotate the blobs around the column to hit the highest row of blobs before they reach the column’s top. Players of Rise of the Blobs can earn different power-ups like fruit hammers and coconut bombs.
Rise of the Blobs offers a fun unique game experience even with the in app purchases.
We came across many great games at Casual Connect San Francisco, a casual games trade show this week including Mosaique, a puzzle game from Winning Blimp. You must clear all tiles in each level by rotating the cursor around the play area and shooting (the tiles). Clear blocks of the same color.
You will need to pay attention to the shot gauge which you charge by clearing tiles of the same color but if the gauge falls to zero the game ends. If the gauge hits 100% you can clear tiles of any color. Mosaique perplexes us, in a good way. Puzzle lovers will enjoy Mosaique which costs $0.99 and can be played on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Blendoku, a great puzzle game from Lonely Few, combines sudoku game play with colors. Rather than plotting numbers sequentially you place colored tiles in the right visual sequence. Pretty simple. Pretty amazing game. You can play Blendoku for free on both iOS and Android and it will entertain all puzzle game fans and maybe some visual designers too.
Free Lunch Design, the folks behind the classic arcade game Icy Tower 2, released the HD version of Dark Nebula Episode 1 with 12 new levels, Dark Nebula offers a spectacularly designed puzzle game with excellent labyrinth game mechanic appropriate for all fans of puzzle games on the iOS platform. (more…)
Snood, the grandmother of the matching puzzle game genre, became available on Android and the Nook platforms for $2.99 and $2.49 respectively. Snood originally came to market in the late 1990s before Bejeweled and the casual puzzle game market exploded. (more…)
The HarryBalls editorial team loves to highlight simple puzzle games we can play anywhere like on the toilet, online in the movie theater or during the movie trailer presentation pregame at the theater. We have previously written about games like Goats and Gadgets, Connectrode, Word Carnivale, and Dark Nebula. Sporos, a new game from a game studio named Appxplore may join the list at some point. Consumers can play Sporos for free on both their iOS and Android devices (more…)