Posts Tagged: ipad game

Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull HD

Though PC gamers might be jaded to this, I thought it was so cool that this game had actors portray characters….10 or so… And deliver answers to a bunch of questions. This in addition to the typical hidden object elements…a diary, a set of clues, mini puzzles, etc. Also a plus is that the hint system is not cheesy. The story is also really good, with an ending I did not expect at all. You are called to investigate a disappearance in a small town in the bayou, an old pirate legend is involved, the requisite voodoo, and other southern stereotypes. The puzzles are plentiful, and often very clever, instead of the same old variations on the same old themes. A downside is that you can’t choose to get the info in text form, and if you miss what one of the characters says, you can’t get them to repeat it. So, make sure your husband doesn’t start talking to you during a video clip, and that you have your earphones in if you want to play the game in bed when your husband wants to sleep.

Oh, and when you think the game is over, it isn’t! There is at least 1 more hour more. I will say nothing more!

Survival score: Straight through, a few long nights.

Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull HD

Though PC gamers might be jaded to this, I thought it was so cool that this game had actors portray characters….10 or so… And deliver answers to a bunch of questions. This in addition to the typical hidden object elements…a diary, a set of clues, mini puzzles, etc. Also a plus is that the hint system is not cheesy. The story is also really good, with an ending I did not expect at all. You are called to investigate a disappearance in a small town in the bayou, an old pirate legend is involved, the requisite voodoo, and other southern stereotypes. The puzzles are plentiful, and often very clever, instead of the same old variations on the same old themes. A downside is that you can’t choose to get the info in text form, and if you miss what one of the characters says, you can’t get them to repeat it. So, make sure your husband doesn’t start talking to you during a video clip, and that you have your earphones in if you want to play the game in bed when your husband wants to sleep.

Oh, and when you think the game is over, it isn’t! There is at least 1 more hour more. I will say nothing more!

Survival score: Straight through, a few long nights.

Roads of Rome HD

What, you say, you were intrigued by my last post and want to try another one? Roads of Rome is pretty standard. Much closer to the standard approach of the genre — to build a road, while overcoming obstacles, gathering a gem or two, making sure your workers are fed, and finishing before dark. And the standard interface…the only distinguishing feature here is that the tiny workers are wearing togas and sandals. The side story, such as it is, is that the emperor is keeping the General in the field fixing roads in order to keep him away from his daughter. I won’t give away the ending, suffice it to say they are depending on you.

Survival score: Straight through, 10-20 hours.

Roads of Rome HD

What, you say, you were intrigued by my last post and want to try another one? Roads of Rome is pretty standard. Much closer to the standard approach of the genre — to build a road, while overcoming obstacles, gathering a gem or two, making sure your workers are fed, and finishing before dark. And the standard interface…the only distinguishing feature here is that the tiny workers are wearing togas and sandals. The side story, such as it is, is that the emperor is keeping the General in the field fixing roads in order to keep him away from his daughter. I won’t give away the ending, suffice it to say they are depending on you.

Survival score: Straight through, 10-20 hours.

Island Tribe HD

I am a sucker for time management games, and there are a bunch that use the same basic theme — you have a worker, and then have to gather resources, construct buildings, wars off baddies, etc. Island Tribe has a couple of interesting twists on the genre — the most obvious one is that (starting after a few beginning levels) most of the playing field is obstructed at the start of the round by “fog”. The fog clears as you explore the level. Another interesting twist is that some resources can only be made if you have enough of another resource… Like, to make wool, you need to give the rancher bags of grain. But to get grain, you need to give the farmer buckets of water. About 30 levels overall, lasted me on a long flight, and several long lines at Walt Disney World.

Survival score: Played straight through, 12-15 hours.

Island Tribe HD

I am a sucker for time management games, and there are a bunch that use the same basic theme — you have a worker, and then have to gather resources, construct buildings, wars off baddies, etc. Island Tribe has a couple of interesting twists on the genre — the most obvious one is that (starting after a few beginning levels) most of the playing field is obstructed at the start of the round by “fog”. The fog clears as you explore the level. Another interesting twist is that some resources can only be made if you have enough of another resource… Like, to make wool, you need to give the rancher bags of grain. But to get grain, you need to give the farmer buckets of water. About 30 levels overall, lasted me on a long flight, and several long lines at Walt Disney World.

Survival score: Played straight through, 12-15 hours.

Antrim Escape HD

Having done a bunch of hidden object games, it took me a little while to realize that Antrim Escape isn’t one of them. Which, actually, added to the enjoyment, because I really did feel trapped and unable to escape. Once I caught on, then things went much better. Most of the puzzles in the room are sensible, only a few that seemed contrived. Took 2-3 hours to solve, which is really all the longer I want an escape game to last. There is a minimal back story that mainly serves to keep a thread to the sequel. A very good hint system, one of the best I’ve seen.

Survival score: Played straight through, 2-3 hours.

Antrim Escape HD

Having done a bunch of hidden object games, it took me a little while to realize that Antrim Escape isn’t one of them. Which, actually, added to the enjoyment, because I really did feel trapped and unable to escape. Once I caught on, then things went much better. Most of the puzzles in the room are sensible, only a few that seemed contrived. Took 2-3 hours to solve, which is really all the longer I want an escape game to last. There is a minimal back story that mainly serves to keep a thread to the sequel. A very good hint system, one of the best I’ve seen.

Survival score: Played straight through, 2-3 hours.

Blind World

Blind World is like those “invisible picture” coloring books that we used to get as a treat as a kid. The ones that you “colored” using a paintbrush dipped in water and a picture would magically appear. In this game, you are a small disc that glides across the screen. You move around by tilting the ipad (or stay still by holding the ipad level). When you start each level, it is just the disk and a blank screen, but as you move around, you bump into surfaces. You roll your disc along the surface to reveal more of it. Some of those surfaces are stationary, some move around as you do. The surfaces are made up of lots and lots of many colored blotches, and as your disc moves over them, it changes color too. And each time the color changes, the game makes a little “ping” sound, like wind chimes. The “objective” is to uncover 100% of the hidden image, though you are allowed to move to the next level before that. More of a game than an experience, very relaxing.

Survival Score: Savored it to make it last.

Blind World

Blind World is like those “invisible picture” coloring books that we used to get as a treat as a kid. The ones that you “colored” using a paintbrush dipped in water and a picture would magically appear. In this game, you are a small disc that glides across the screen. You move around by tilting the ipad (or stay still by holding the ipad level). When you start each level, it is just the disk and a blank screen, but as you move around, you bump into surfaces. You roll your disc along the surface to reveal more of it. Some of those surfaces are stationary, some move around as you do. The surfaces are made up of lots and lots of many colored blotches, and as your disc moves over them, it changes color too. And each time the color changes, the game makes a little “ping” sound, like wind chimes. The “objective” is to uncover 100% of the hidden image, though you are allowed to move to the next level before that. More of a game than an experience, very relaxing.

Survival Score: Savored it to make it last.