Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Many horror games rely on jump scares and creepy atmosphere, but the stealth/horror/puzzle hybrid Dark Echo takes a different approach, instead conjuring horror from the unknown and unseen, through minimalist visuals and immersive audio.

While other mobile games like Papa Sangre and The Nightjar have delivered gameplay through sound, Dark Echo melds visuals with sound; every level starts out with a black screen, your white footprints the only color amid the surrounding dark. Move forward and lines emanate in all directions, the sound of your footsteps visualized, bouncing off the walls and revealing the environment. Without sound, you are blind. Your goal is simply to find the exit. However, you are not alone in these passages. Things lurk in the darkness, drawn by the sound of your movement, hunting you.

With each step taken – either fast footfalls, light taps, or loud stomps – or stone thrown to distract the creatures stalking you, Dark Echo reveals itself to be a tense game of cat and mouse where sound is your only means of sight. Water that amplifies your footsteps and slows your movement, switches, crushing walls, deadly terrain, and more add to the challenge and complexity of later levels. The visuals – stark lines contrasting against black – are simplistic yet work surprisingly well in representig the world and its dangersz But it’s the sound design that truly sells the game’s atmosphere:…

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Hidden Gem of the Week: Five Card Quest

Developer Rocketcat is best known for their popular RPG and action roguelike releases Mage Gauntlet, Wayward Souls, and Death Road To Canada, but amid their larger titles lies a smaller and intriguing outlier of a game, the turn-based minimalist roguelike Five Card Quest.

Selecting a trio of warriors from powerful Priest, the dagger-wielding Rogue, and more, you  battle room-by-room through grid-based dungeons. The focus here are those battles, an interesting blend of card game and lane-based strategy; tour party is one side of the screen, enemies on the other, spread out across three lanes. From each warrior’s deck, you choose abilities and attacks, all revolving around the tactics of slowing or damaging enemies, stalling or pushing them backwards in their lane, or even swapping your lane position or that of your foes.

This combination of drawing cards, lane management, and small team of very differently-skilled classes give the combat of Five Card Quest a surprising wealth of strategy and tactics. Controlling the lanes through positioning, swapping fighter placement at the best moment, debuffing enemies all are part of your stratetic repert; you may need to decide over fast slight damage now over a charged blow several turns later, or when to use attacks that target specific lanes or only injury the front-most foe.

The bright angular aesthetic, easy-to-grasp mechani…

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Hidden Gem of the Week: Euclidea

Math-based puzzlers tend to revolve around computation and sums, but Euclidea isn’t like most games in that niche; rather than numbers, geometry is the focus, constructing figures and shapes with minimalist tools and within a minimalist aesthetic.

Euclidea starts out simple, easing you into its collection of geometric brainteasers by teaching how to create line segments, select points, draw circles. And then gradually, the challenge begins to increase, as you use intersecting circles to create equilateral triangles and perfectly bisect lines.

Euclidea

But the game isn’t completely merciless. As you master the simpler tasks like deducing parallet lines, Euclidea provides tools that automatically perform certain actions. You’ll need those tools, because while Euclidea may be easy to control, it certainly isn’t an easy game. Figuring out to create a perfect hexagon within a circle or trisecting an angle requires you to think ahead, understand how points and intersections and line segments all interact and can be used together. Euclidea‘s puzzles are cumulative, building upon what you figured out before and challenging you to use that knowledge in new ways.

Euclidea

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Hidden Gem of the Week: Ending

Aaron Steed’s Ending is a minimalist roguelike stripped of all the fluff and filler, exposing a challenging game of life and death decisions and strategic planning, where one wrong move can destroy you.

Ending

Inspired by chess and board games, Ending casts you as a lowly @ sign, in a maze of dangerous ruthless enemies. Each symbol moves in a specific way or has a special purpose, from moving two spaces in a turn to only being able to attack from a certain direction or firing projectiles. When you move, they move, and one hit is enough to destroy you…or for you to end them. There in lies Ending‘s strategic gameplay: it’s a game where every move must be considered, where you need to think five steps ahead and know exactly how each enemy will be move or else you’ll find yourself cornered and trapped by the fourth step. Maneuvering into advantageous positions to avoid danger and destroy your enemies is thrilling and difficult and always rewarding, and your limited number of moves per room adds more tension and challenge.

Between its level-based Puzzle mode and randomly-generated Gauntlet mode, Ending provides a lean and tense game that subtly mixes chess and roguelike elements, where succss is won through your own careful planning. You can purchase Ending on the …

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Hidden Gem of the Week: RYB

This is the first in a weekly series of features dedicated to highlighting interesting, lesser known hidden gems across iOS and Android. With the sheer volume and rate of new releases, it can be easy for a game to unnoticed, unseen; some here may be newer or older, but all are engaging in their own unique way.

Picross, Paint It Back, Minesweeper, Hexcells. There’s something uniquely satisfying about a logic puzzler, perhaps how one can solve their challenges without guessing or mistakes, through pure deduction. RYB falls squarely in this category, a Picross-style puzzle game that eschews numbers and grids for colors and geometric shapes.

RYB

Squares, triangle, hexagons, and other shapes form abstract levels far more vibrant and differently structured than similar games. But despite RYB’s aesthetic, the core concept remains: use logic and clues to correctly fill in each shape with the right colors.

The game gradually introduces its assortment of mechanics and rules but levels soon evolve from a group of shapes and colors into a visual language you can decode and decipher. Being able to study one of RYB’s kaleidoscopic stages, “read” the markers and hues and shapes, an…

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Price Drop: Hidden Folks (Games)


Hidden Folks 1.02

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99 -> $ 2.99, Version: 1.02 (iTunes)

Description:

Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles! Rooooaaaarrrr!!!!!

A strip of targets shows you what to look for. Tap a target for a hint, and find enough to unlock the next area.

In case you like numbers a lot:
– 15+ hand-drawn areas
– 120+ targets to find
– 960+ mouth-originated sound effects
– 200+ unique interactions
– 3 color modes: normal, sepia, and night mode
– 100+ iMessage stickers
– 1 iCloud sync
– 14 languages (translated by the community)

More areas and features to come!

What’s New

– New Icon.
– Minor interface fixes.
– Minor sound fixes.

Hidden Folks

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Price Drop: Nevertales: Shattered Image – A Hidden Object Storybook Adventure (Full) (Games)


Nevertales: Shattered Image – A Hidden Object Storybook Adventure (Full) 1.0.4

Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99 -> Free, Version: 1.0.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Pay once, play forever! No in-app purchases!

A mysterious mirror-hopping monster has taken your daughter and now the entire world is splitting apart at the seams! The solution is in your hands – just turn the page…

• YOUR LIFE’S TALE CONTINUES!
Your daughter Alice has a special talent—she can use mirrors to seek out distant worlds and hidden realms.

• RESCUE ALICE AND SAVE TALEWORLD FROM CERTAIN DOOM!
When a shadowy creature suddenly appears through one of the portals and kidnaps Alice, your world begins to shatter! You must travel into Book-worlds to save your daughter and your world!

• VENTURE THROUGH MAGICAL STORYBOOK REALMS
Travel through fantastical locations, find old friends and encounter new ones, solve ancient mysteries and puzzles, and search for useful items within hidden object scenes as you seek out a way to rescue your child.

• UNLOCK A BONUS CHAPTER THAT TAKES YOU TO PIERRE’S PAST
Earn achievements and find hidden collectibles scattered through various locations! Plus, enjoy exclusive extras such as replayable mini-games, wallpapers, and concept art!

*This game is best experienced on iOS 7.0 and up.*

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What’s New

In this update:

• Optimizations and bug fixes to improve overall game performance.

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Price Drop: Golden Trails 2: Hidden Object Adventure (Premium) (Games)


Golden Trails 2: Hidden Object Adventure (Premium) 1.5.0

Device: iOS iPad Only
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99 -> Free, Version: 1.5.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Ahoy! Do you hear the waves caressing the beach? Do you see the Jolly Roger waving in the wind? Have you noticed the song of the pirates’ sabers and the whisper of the court intrigues? Find all of it in this intriguing Hidden Object game!

Travel back to the 18th century and join Henry’s gripping adventures whose granddad is accused of being a pirate and condemned to death. Take the advantage of your iPad display, scour perfectly designed locations to find over 2000 hidden objects, solve mind-bending puzzles and practice your accuracy in the unique shooting gallery. Look for the clues in passionate Spain, exotic Maghreb, and the legendary islands of the Caribbean. Don’t let the bandits get away and save the innocent. There is much more behind the story!

GAME FEATURES
– 45 Fantastic hidden object locations and over 2 000 items to search
– Three game modes including Unlimited mode and unique Shooting Gallery
– Travel 4 continents in search for the truth
– Solve puzzles in and between the episodes
– Get 47 marvelous in-game trophies
– Still not sure? Then try free version – Golden Trails 2 HD

MORE AWEM GAMES
● Cradle of Empires – The most adventuorus match-3 puzzle you have ever seen!
● Cradle of Rome – Highly addictive 100 levels of matching madness! 
● Cradle of Rome 2 – Journey through 5 epochs of matching fun and exhilarating process of building the city!
● Cradle of Egypt – Combination of puzzles, mini-games and city building!
● Golden Trails: The New Western Rush – Intriguing detective and romantic storylines and your chance to have the greatest adventure!
● Star Defender 3 – A wide array of alien spacecrafts in more than 100 breathtaking levels!
● Star Defender 4 – Eight huge missions to save the humanity and become the hero!
● Check Mac App Store for more AWEM games! 

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What’s New

Thanks for playing our games! In this update:

– App performance improvement
– New features which help you explore the fun world of Awem Games
– Bug fix

Happy gaming!

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