It’s been a while since Cut the Rope became the popular game to play while sitting on the subway. If you’re looking for something new to fill up your time while commuting or sitting in the student lounge in between classes, check out these brand new puzzle titles that will keep the cogwheels in your brain turning as the clock drags.
Critical Mass (PC and iPhone)
Though it will be available first as a PC game, the iPhone version will become a portable version of the Wii game Art Style: CUBELLO, which received rave reviews back in 2008 despite its simplicity. In Critical Mass, a 3D mass of cubes floats in the center of the screen, and Bubble Bobble style, the player has to place their own colored cubes to match four of the same color, knocking off those cubes from the mass. The player wins when all the cubes are gone.
Admittedly, the game’s concept isn’t new, but the play style of Critical Mass is unique because of its 3D space. It also has different modes to spice things up with a timer or a set number of available cubes. Of course, you can forgo the timer and think the puzzle out at your leisure while on that three-hour break between classes. Be warned: the puzzles take strategy.
Essentially, the game is Bubble Bobble in 3D. And admit it, Bubble Bobble was the best game ever invented. Critical Mass is set to be released on June 20th on PC with the iPhone version to be announced. Personally, I can’t wait. Unfortunately, it won’t be available for BlackBerry, but if you have a DSi, you might want to try out this next game.
Hidden Photo (DSi)
This game is basically a photo hunt but with an added twist that the DSi brings. Not only are there puzzles included with the game, but also the main attraction is the ability to take pictures of your own with the DSi camera and make those into new puzzles. I can’t think of anything more perfect for sitting in high traffic areas like subway cars and college study areas. That guy sleeping in the library might not be getting any of his work done, but at least he’s providing you with some entertainment.
Unlike Critical Mass, which has the potential to become a popular puzzle game across many demographics, you probably have to already like photo-hunting games for Hidden Photo to be worth it. If you’re interested, you’ll be happy to hear that as a DSiWare game, it’s available super cheap, and is downloadable straight to your DSi from the DSi Shop for only $4.99.
That’s all the reviews I have for this week. I’m Avia, your Campus Clipper source for gaming news and insights for the college student. Check out my WoW blog at RP Your Life! and look below for a free coupon for my favorite burrito place!
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