What to play this weekend: Super Happy Fun Block

What to play this weekend: Super Happy Fun Block

I spent last weekend at the Boston Festival of Indie Games and played many super games. A real standout was Super Happy Fun Block (universal, $2.99), a side-scrolling puzzle game that's cute, fun and challenging. Its hero is a bulbous little guy you can't help but root for as you guide him from puzzle to puzzle, building and destroying as you go. Here's our look at indie gem, Super Happy Fun Block.

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What you should play this weekend: Tengami

What you should play this weekend: Tengami

Occasionally you'll find a game that's so beautiful you want to play it slowly and intentionally, savoring the developers' work. Tengami is one of those games. 

It's an adventure puzzler that has your character exploring his world, one scene at a time, unlocking secrets and moving ever forward. There's no clear objective other than discovery itself, and that's a big part of Tengami's appeal. Walk, look, and see what's next. Here's our look at Tengami

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What to play this weekend: Transistor

What to play this weekend: Transistor

Transistor from Supergiant Games is a full-fledged RPG for iPhone and iPad. You play as Red, a famous singer whose voice was stolen after being savagely attacked. Now, you and your sentient sword must battle the Process, a robotic army hell bent on overtaking the city. Is a futuristic dystopian future with enough going on to engage RPG veterans. Here's my look at Transistor.

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Creator of Snake returns with a modern sequel

Creator of Snake returns with a modern sequel

Everything old is new again, including that damn Nokia Snake

The developer of the simple yet insidious game, Taneli Armanto, has partnered with game studio Rumilus Design to bring a new version of Snake to mobile devices everywhere. You'll be accidentally bumping into your own tail again later this month, but this time with a twist. 

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On making Alto's Adventure

On making Alto's Adventure

Here's the interesting story behind the development of Alto's Adventure, (our review + gameplay video herethe delightful snowboarding game that has been featured by Apple several times. The story starts when co-creators Ryan Cash and Jordan Rosenberg were just kids playing in the snow, and ends some amazing fan art and other accolades recognizing their wonderful game. 

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Survive: Escape for Atlantis -- iPad and tabletop version showdown

Survive: Escape for Atlantis -- iPad and tabletop version showdown

You're on an island that's sinking beneath your feet. Jungle, stone and sand are being consumed by the hungry ocean. Only a few rowboats stand between you and freedom on stable, neighboring islands. Rowboats and sharks. And whales. And giant sea serpents. 

In this article, I compare Survive: Escape from Atlantis on both the iPad and the tabletop. Spoiler alert: one is MUCH better than the other. 

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Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric word puzzle

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad is an atmospheric word puzzle

Letterswirl for iPhone and iPad ($1.99, universal) feels like an artifact that was stolen from the land of Myst. Chimes, atmospheric music and an old-world, clockwork look create an effectively themed game. The fact that it's also challenging and fun is icing on the cake. Here's our look at the clever word game, Letterswirl.

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Pic It! is a cute quiz game for iPhone

Pic It! is a cute quiz game for iPhone

Pic It! (free) is a cute little quiz game that gives you something to do with all of those silly photos that are on your iPhone. I'm talking about the throw-away selfies, the shot of your new shoes or your dog's wet nose that you used as the punchline to a tweet or a hilarious text. Now they're part of a quiz!

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Alto's Adventure is snowy, llama-chasing fun

Alto's Adventure is snowy, llama-chasing fun

Alto's Adventure for iPhone (US$1.99) is the latest game from Snowman. It's an endless runner-style game that has you snowboarding through seriously gorgeous, dynamic settings. You'll capture llamas, collect coins, pull off spectacular tricks and avoid the angry elders, who aren't happy with a whipper-snapper like you snowboarding all over the place. Here's our look at Alto's Adventure.

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