Tired of only being in charge of only one character when playing your usual platform titles? Does your usual choice of game restrict you to linear and painfully gradual progression through the levels? Have you ever played as a boy made from fire and a girl that is composed entirely of water? If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, ‘yes’ and ‘no’, or even ‘I don’t know’ then I suggest you point your corneas in the direction of ‘Fireboy & Watergirl 3: The ice temple’. This highly original platform gamer will offer you incredibly challenging puzzles and a dichotomy of characters and will remind you of one of the lessons which you probably shouldn’t ever apply to everyday life: Never mix fire with water.
While RPGs and action games have a dominant share in today's gaming market, puzzle titles have remained a pretty consistent genre. It's something you wake up to, training your brain in minutes a day with Dr. Kawashima. Perhaps it's in the form of a game you top off the night with, firing up Peggle in your platform of choice or using your Nintendo handheld to play Professor Layton.
I quite enjoy the fact that there is a notable division between stacking games and destruction games; both exist firmly within the puzzle game genre, but both offer a slightly different approach to the same physics-based problem: the manipulation of various shapes to reach a certain end. Of course, in stacker games like Super Stacker, the aim is to build a structure from the shapes in the order that they are provided; Red Remover is essentially this game’s non-identical twin brother where the aim is to deconstruct an existing structure whilst ensuring that you fulfil the criteria that each different type of shape carries.
Straight-laced physics games that take themselves too seriously are out, light-hearted and delightfully cute physics games containing pigs in various situations requiring action from the player are in: grab your mouse, since it’s time to get your physics on. Get the pigs to their acorns by using a series of cursor-drawn ropes to manipulate the objects on the screen, but whatever you do, don’t mention the word ‘bacon’.
Developed by indie developer KyryloKuzyk, Evo Explores takes a cue from the award-winning puzzle game Monument Valley. It combines surreal landscapes and gravity defying physics to deliver challenging puzzles that will immerse you in a wondrous land where anything is possible. The rule here is simple: if it looks real, then it is. You're only limited by your imagination and your ability to think outside the box. So turn the camera and guide Evo over, under and to the side of every structure as you explore the mysterious Byte Planet in this breathtaking puzzle title.