Reigns: Her Majesty is a delightfully wicked game that many have likened to a fusion of Game of Thrones and Tinder, with the player taking the role of the Queen as she manages the day-to-day operations of her kingdom by swiping right or left to make decisions. It just got a big new update.
An evil cat sorcerer has catnapped your cat sister and it’s up to you, the cat hero, to rescue her. Is that enough cats for you? Don’t worry, the game is chock-full of cat puns for your enjoyment. I’m not kitten you, they’re pawsitively everywhere!
Rewind to July 4th, my wife’s due date. For medical reasons, she had to be induced that night, which began the labor process. From start to finish, labor was about 26 hours. One thing I learned over this time is that there is a lot of down time in labor, especially for the dad. Don’t get me wrong, I was there as support for my wife the whole time, but there were times I just wasn’t needed. And so, I turned to my phone.
Florence is, most of all, a story about finding your passion and happiness. Florence is the name of the main character–the events are from her point of view. According to an interview with the creator, she’s a 25-year-old Chinese-Australian girl working a desk job. She wakes up every morning, gets on the train, works her job, then comes home and watches TV. She has a very set routine, until she hears cello music coming from an Indian musician named Krish and becomes enamored of him.
Simulation games aren’t something I’m super familiar with. I trend towards puzzle games or match-three style games when I’m mobile gaming. During one of our meetings Greenheart Games’ Game Dev Tycoon came up, and I was intrigued. I decided to give it a try just for giggles and ended up really, really enjoying it.
Picross My Heart feels like a beginner’s guide to picross due to the difficulty of the puzzles but expects you to be well versed in picross before starting. Overall, after you add in the low quality of the interface and puzzle design, I cannot recommend Picross My Heart.
I’m a big fan of simplicity in my games. Dots: A Game About Connecting really scratches an itch for me and is a game that I return to over and over again. If you’re a puzzle fan looking to just relax and connect, Dots is the game for you.
True to its name, Photographs is played within a frame that is reminiscent of a digital camera, and you find each puzzle and its attached story by zooming in with your camera and focusing on the right object in the scene. At the top of the screen, a hint at where to focus is displayed. I found the hints to be rather easy to follow, which saved me from frustration. But there’s a lot of depth here.
I’m still in the beginning parts of the game with not too much unlocked, but I’m really digging the style and feel of the game. For being their first foray into mobile gaming, I’d say HAL Laboratory has a good handle on making a cute and fun game to sink some time into.
Greenheart says at one point they lost 400 reviews, then the next day lost 430 reviews, followed by drops of 655 and “500-plus,” respectively. That’s a staggering number of reviews, an the question here is whether or not they were legitimate. Greenheart says they are, and at this time, there is no reason to suspect otherwise given the response on Twitter and general positivity surrounding the game’s Android release.