March 5, 2012

Katawa Shoujo
Creator: Four Leaf Studios
Platforms: PC, Mac
Played on: PC
Price: Free
Hisao is in demand among his high-school classmates, in spite of a heart arrhythmia that might put a damper on the shenanigans of the average teen heartthrob. At the start of Katawa Shoujo, that illness literally lays Hisao low when a…

February 13, 2012

Creator: Colaboratory
Platforms: iPhone/iPad (Universal Binary)
Played on: iPad
Price: $1.99
There are people who are good at Tetris and there are people who are good at Boggle. Those who are in the middle of that Venn diagram can count themselves lucky when playing Puzzlejuice, which tests—nay, taxes—players’…

January 23, 2012

Abobo’s Big Adventure
Creators: I-Mockery, Pesto Force,
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Abobo’s Big Adventure is billed as “the ultimate tribute to the NES,” but if that’s true, it raises the question of what exactly qualifies as a “tribute.” In terms of quantity, Adventure certainly references a greater…

Dec. 12, 2011

Creator: Juicy Beast
Platforms: Browser, iPhone/iPad
Played on: Browser
Price: Browser—Free; iPhone—$1.99
So you’re a none-too-bright-looking giant pink fuzzy monster, roughly the size of the horizon, and you’re just hanging out one day when a bunch of teeny-tiny primitives start freaking out and hucking spears at…

Nov. 21, 2011

Mushroom Madness 3
Creator: Silen Games
Platforms: Browser
Price: Free
Each subsequent Mushroom Madness game has preserved the original game’s cartoony-cute design and basic functions, while considerably expanding the experience, and game No. 3 is no exception: You’re still protecting your mushroom patches from marauding…

October 31, 2011

Mercury Hg
Creator: Ignition Entertainment
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Played on: Xbox 360
Price: $5
Like its predecessor, Mercury Meltdown, (which traces its heritage to Marble Madness), this action-puzzle hybrid requires you to navigate a puddle of goo from one end of a map to the next, not by moving it directly,…

October 10, 2011

The Binding Of Isaac
Creators: Edmund McMillen and Florian Himsl
Platforms: Mac, PC
Reviewed on: PC
Price: $4.99
The Binding Of Isaac is pitch-black and hard as hell. If you die in the middle of crawling the game’s randomly generated, Zelda-styled dungeons, you start the game from the beginning, armed only with the…

Sept. 19, 2011

Jetpack Joyride
Creator: Halfbrick Studios
Platforms: iPhone/iPad (Universal Binary)
Reviewed on: iPhone, iPad
Price: $0.99
The working title of this game was Machine Gun Jetpack, which was funny as a lark, but then it became Jetpack Joyride, which does more to capture the spirit of the game. Joyride is indeed the iOS…

August 29, 2011 

Julius Styles: The International
Creator: Lapland Studio
Platforms: iPhone/iPad (Universal Binary)
Played on: iPhone
Price: $2.99
Wesley Snipes is in jail for tax evasion, so new films are out of the question. Instead, he’s lending his mug, though not his voice, to Julius Styles: The International. Julius is a crack agent…

August 8, 2011

Prime Minister’s Questions: The Game
Creator: Pixel Politics
Platform: PC
Price: Free
The width of the gangway separating the Government from the Opposition in the British House Of Commons is hardly arbitrary; it’s two sword-lengths across. That bit of foresight is all for naught, though, in Pixel Politics’ Prime…

July 18, 2011

Developer: Joost van Dongen
Platform: PC
Price: Varies (“pay what you want”)
Who cares whether games can be art? Proun poses a more interesting variation: can art be games? Proun is gorgeous, with an aesthetic drawn from 20th-century modern art. It’s a delight to listen to, with an upbeat, jazzy soundtrack…

June 27, 2011

George Plimpton’s Video Falconry
Creator: Tom Fulp
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
In the vein of other phony finds like The Great Gatsby for NES, George Plimpton’s Video Falconry fleshes out a nerd-tastic joke with retrofitted graphics, winking gags, and a just-shy-of-convincing backstory. Shameless Malört shill John…

June 6, 2011

Creator: Ian Snyder
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Ambia is slightly reminiscent of old, old puzzle-action games like Adventures Of Lolo, only it replaces block-moving with gun-shooting—and the difficulty comes in figuring out the order in which you should blast enemies. Generally speaking, you want to kill…