B*Bert rebooted offers both the classic game itself and Q*bert: Rebooted. Both are similar, you jump on blocks and they change colour. Change the colour of all the blocks and the level’s complete. Simple, pure, retro goodness. Through in a few enemies and you’ve got all the complexity you need. Sadly, the classic version here isn’t quite as good as the original (but really, the original of anything is always the best, right?). Still, the gameplay is excellent and it definitely will put a smile on the face of nostalgic old gamers like me.
In The Samaritan Paradox you play protagonist Ord Saloman, a Ph.D student who is living in Sweden and has a healthy a petite for literature and cryptography. The game starts with Ord solving a simple little puzzle in a book the author of which (Jonatan Bergwall) has killed himself. This introduction serves to get you accustomed to the gameplay, which is fairly traditional point and click style. Then Ord comes across the daughter of Bergwall, Sara, who assigns him a mission: discover a book Bergwall wrote in secrecy.
Haunt The House Terrortown
Side Scrolling puzzle action game Haunt The House Terrortown is packed full of charming graphics and fun gameplay, making for a laid back and highly enjoyable experience.
In the game you play as a ghost who has been forced to abandon its usual haunts because the people in the town are just too darned noisy. If you’re ever to have peace again you’re going have to journey between different areas, scaring people.
Luminux is a unique take on the Tetris formula with randomly appearing blocks that appear anywhere on the screen at any time. You need to match three quares of the same colour. Sounds simple, right? It isn’t. Games developer Pelagic Games have added plenty of challenge to this Android, iOC, Windows Phone and PC title.
The Room was released in 2013 and almost immediately became popular, so popular that it is one of the most played games on the platform. It’s combination of physics, adventure, mystery and puzzles made players fall in love with it. It was unique, a new gaming experience on the platform.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most influential games in the gaming canon. A solitary affair, you progress through the game in cycles, seeking out the colossi and defeating them. To fight the colossi you’ll reflect light off your sword onto them. It is very hard to define Shadow of the Colossus because it is such a unique game. Part puzzle, part adventure, all amazing. This is one game that simply has to be played.
In OSU! a song is played and you must perform different actions in time with the beat. A list of actions is given in sequential order and you must perform those actions to the music. The actions are: Spinners, Sliders and Hit Circles.
Machinarium very quickly became one of the most popular point and click games of the past decade when it was released in 2009. It uses the old point and click style of gameplay that was highly popular back in the 90s. This creates a familiar feeling for older gamers, but Machinaruim also create a fresh experience by including more modern aspects of video game design.
Little Big Planet
LittleBigPlanet is a platform puzzle game by video game developer Media Molecule released for Playstation 3. The series stars Sackboy and is all about gameplay rather than featuring narrative. The games in the series allow you to create and to share your own levels and focus on the motto “Play, Create, Share.” You can play alone or in multiplayer online or local, you can create new content and then you can share that content.
Half Life is a first person shooter from video game developer Valve Software and was originally released in 1998. In the game you play as Dr Gordon Freeman, a physicist and MIT graduate. After a multi-dimensionsal experiment foes wrong and generated a resonance cacase, Freemand is forced to escape the Black Mesa Research Facility. You must battle your way through soldiers, alien invaders and an elite Black Ops detachment in order to save the world from the invasion.
Catherine is a XBox 360 and PS3 game from video game developer Atlus, who also created Persona 3 and Persona 4. When you start playing Catherine you’ll be given four options: Babel, Colosseum, Golden Theatre and Configuration. In Golden Theatre you’ll play through the games story mode. Babel is full of complex puzzles which are randomised so they’re different each time you play.
Candy Box is a game from French independent video game develop Aniwey. A game all about discovery, Candy Box is a minimalist title with a ASCII aesthetic played on the browser. Yet despite its minimalism Candy Box packs in quite a deep gaming experience. There’s a lot of gameply to Candy Box.
One of the reasons why Candy Box has achieve something of a cult following is the way it which it matches minimalistic graphics with deep gameplay to create a truly unique experience.
Candy Crush Saga is a puzzle game made by video games developer King in 2012. It has grown to be one of the most popular online puzzle games of all time. It’s also caused tons of people to smash their phones against a wall in frustration as they try to complete a level for the 200th time. But whatever it is, whether it’s the quality of the game or the massochism of its players, Candy Crush has become a phenomenon.