Puzzles find their way into many of the video games we play, from lockpicking mini-games to entire dungeons based upon movement patterns and object shifting. While aspects of the puzzle genre may be common, the games that go all in and dedicate themselves entirely to this brain-teasing test of skill are often under-recognized. Today, we’re taking a look at Tiles and Cublast HD, two recent puzzle games that fit in a genre we like to call Reflex Puzzle, where your brain and your hands have to work fast and together to achieve a goal.
There’s something comforting about the farming simulator genre. For longtime fans of farming games, the Harvest Moon games (now Story of Seasons) will always be a testament to the fact that some of gaming’s most satisfying moments can be had outside of action. Newcomers to farming sims have found a favorite with Stardew Valley, the critically acclaimed hit from developers Concerned Ape that has rejuvenated the genre and introduced many to a world of casual yet rewarding gaming. Now, Australian indie developers Bisonbit are striking out to till their own field with Farm-Folks.
It would be foolish to bury the hook here in anything but the hull of a pirate ship: Flinthook is an instant classic, and it deserves more praise than just one review can give. Montreal developer Tribute Games has created something energetic and beautiful that plays like a dream. Well balanced mechanics, an immersive pirate-filled world, and procedurally generated levels with a hand-crafted feel all come together to create a surefire hit. With all this in mind, let’s waste no time and dive right in to what makes Flinthook such a compelling videogame.
What happens when you die? Well, according to some of the games in one of our favorite and most unforgiving genres, you start all over again. Today Gamer’s Almanac takes a look at five of our favorite recent games inspired by the rogue-like genre to uncover what it is about these classic and challenging titles that… Continue reading What Happens When You Die: Rogue-Likes, Rogue-Lites, and Everything in Between.