Casual Connect Association’s Indie Prize named Lost Toys, from San Francisco based Barking Mouse Studio, the Most Promising Game of the Year. Barking Mouse calls Lost Toys “a meditative puzzle game” and reminds us of The Room, a puzzle game Apple Named Game of the year last year. (more…)
Hulu released episodes one and two of The Awesomes, a cartoon about the second generation of Superheroes originally started by Mr Awesome (Steve Higgins) who reluctantly hands the reins of the team to his son Prock (Seth Myers).
In the first two episodes Prock has 72 hours to rebuild the Awesomes with a new gang. You can watch The Awesomes legally for free on your PC and Mac at Hulu but you have to subscribe to Hulu Plus to watch The Awesomes on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. (more…)
We met the folks from Portland, Oregon based indie game studio ClutchPlay Games who introduced us to their fun and entertaining arcade game called Little Chomp which takes place in a land called Chompwood Kingdom. (more…)
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.
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.
Casual Connect USA, the foremost conference for casual video games wrapped yesterday. The attendees voted 7 Grand Steps created by Mousechief , a turn based historical strategy game available now on the PC and Mac for $15, the most innovative game of the year. (more…)
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.
You must decorate the cats with mustaches, glasses and cool accessories like hats usually using a touch or simultaneous multi-touch on the iPad by dragging the item above the nose, over the eyes or around the neck of the feline. Two or more humans can play it or one dextrous person can give it a whirl. Everyone will enjoy Williamsprrrrg except maybe hipster mice.
Almost Pinball from Oakland, CA based Red Adept is almost perfect played on the iPhone and iPad. Why do they call it Almost Pinball? They combined elements of pinball – the flippers, a ball, bumpers and obstacles with a physics/puzzle mechanic to make a really great pinball game.
Yes there’s a ball but the ball’s movement resembles a hard rubber ball like a lacrosse ball rather than a steel pinball. Its much harder to control the ball with the flippers as you would with a steel ball in a traditional pinball game. The Red Adept team lined in the inside walls of each play area with a soft bumper which can accelerate the ball’s velocity.
The play area resembles a physics action puzzler rather traditional pinball game with lights whistles and bells. It doesn’t matter – the game requires smart thinking in addition to the quick reflexes one needs to get a high score. Yes there’s multi-flippers and multi balls and a lot of fun. Almost Pinball blows away Zen Pinball. Almost Pinball costs $0.99