Visually, The Witness is gorgeous. The graphics are fully rendered in 3D, and the environments are lush and realistic. The colors range from bright and vibrant hues to muted earth tones to soft pastels and even dark and gloomy shades. The combination of this wide range of colors results in an incredible world that is truly eye candy and rather immersive. Animations are buttery smooth on my iPhone 8 Plus, and I experienced no lag whatsoever during play. Usually, video games have soundtracks that add to the overall feel of the game that they're in. With The Witness, it's different. In fact, there is almost no music in the game at all. This is done on purpose, according to the developers. The Witness is a game about being perceptive, so you want to pay attention to the subtleties in puzzles as well as details in the game world. However, the sound effects in The Witness are important, because it fully immerses the player in the island, adding depth and texture. In The Witness, players will find themselves waking up on a remote island, and that's pretty much it. The island itself is full of puzzles (over 500), and there are many different types of puzzles to solve. Some are simple enough to solve, but things do get tricky as you progress. Solving the puzzles are a critical part of the game, as they will help you discover your identity (it's unknown in the beginning) and how you got on the island in the first place. Controls in The Witness are simple and intuitive, with the game teaching you the ropes as you go in the start. To move, just tap on where you want to go, and you'll walk over there. Swiping horizontally on the screen lets you move the camera around so you can check what's surrounding you. Tapping on puzzle screens takes you into the puzzle. If you double-tap where you want to go, it makes your character run instead of walk. A tap with two fingers stops you in your tracks. As mentioned earlier, there's a large variety of puzzles to be found in The Witness, and the controls may not always be the same. In the beginning, at least, the puzzles involve finding the right path from the large circle area to the end point, which is indicated by a pulsating circle. Players must drag their finger from the starting circle to the end, but they'll have to navigate a labyrinth, and can't cross over their own path. Sometimes you'll even need to separate the white and black squares before getting to the end. The game introduces new puzzle mechanics at a gradual pace, and one can pretty much figure it out after a few attempts. Fortunately, The Witness is fairly relaxing, as there aren't any penalties nailed on players for being wrong, nor are there any move restrictions or time limits.
Visually, Morphite is unique with a low-poly design that seems rather trendy lately. This means that the environments are a bit rough and jagged, and the faces of characters are not too detailed. Everything is rendered in 3D, and overall, Morphite is giving me a bit of a _Metroid_ feel. The game has a nice range of colors, from muted earthy tones to bright and vibrant neons. Animations are smooth and fluid on my iPhone 7, so I did not experience any lag while playing the game. There's an atmospheric and captivating soundtrack in the background, and the sound effects and voice acting is done well. Morphite is a gorgeous game that looks fantastic and has amazing audio. Since Morphite is a FPS game about exploration, players start at the beginning of the story and progress through in a linear fashion. Morphite introduces Myrah Kale, who's a young woman residing on a space station with her surrogate father, Mr. Mason. As he sends her out on basic exploratory missions to scan signs of life and gather resources on various planets, players will discover much more than that. Eventually, Myrah will uncover her own past and her relationship to a rare and coveted material called Morphite. Despite having a storyline and missions that need to be completed chronologically, Morphite's worlds are procedurally generated (except ones that involve the main story),, so everyone's Morphite game will be different. There's many different kinds of creature types, landscapes, and areas to explore, and it's all unique. It's what makes this game magical. Controls in Morphite are pretty straightforward, but it can be a bit annoying if you have the touch screen control opacity turned off. In the very bottom left corner is where you switch between your scanner and pistol, which happens fairly regularly. Above this area will be the virtual joystick for moving around. In the very bottom right corner is the button to shoot or activate your scanner. Above that is the jump button. While Myrah is in her ship, you'll have a menu for selecting your destination in the solar system via Star Map. But be careful — you need fuel in your ship to travel, so if a place is too far, you won't be able to go unless you fill up at a space station first. This is also where you can view your Ship Info, as well as check active missions, equipped weapons, items, scans, and collected resources. Random encounters may occur while traveling in your ship, so be prepared for combat at any time. The problem I have with the controls is the fact that the switch toggle for the scanner and pistol is where I usually think of placing my thumb for movement. So when I turned down the opacity for on-screen controls to zero, I often found myself bringing up the switcher when I just wanted to move. I also kept jumping instead of shooting, which was irritating. The positioning of the buttons takes a bit of getting used to, so I recommend keeping the opacity on (even just slightly) so that you don't get the buttons mixed up. Fortunately, you can change the button positioning in the settings, though it feels like it's a bit hidden. Fortunately, Morphite does have support for [MFi controllers](https://appadvice.com/appnn/tag/mfi-controller). So if you have one laying around, this is the perfect kind of game to use them with. Morphite is packed with elements of exploration and discovery, real-time combat against various life forms and bosses, and even environmental puzzle solving. In addition to the main storyline quests, players have the option to do a wide variety of side quests, and there's a plethora of upgrades for your suit and weapons. While the price of Morphite seems high, there's a lot of content, so you do get bang for your buck.
For those looking for an extremely deluxe expereince for iOS.
Eisenhorn instantly stands out with a deluxe 3D graphics engine that delivers some of the best visuals on iOS, especially when you gander at the grand scale environments. Eisenhorn: XENOS features a deluxe story based on the first book of the Eisenhorn trilogy, and it’s easy to see the adaptation from a book. The length of the game, the detail in the story, and the depictions of the graphics engine definitely deserve the term console quality. Eisenhorn: XENOS offers a familiar third person adventure set-up that emphasizes combat with puzzle style progression
For anyone who enjoyed the original Mr. Crab or is looking for a simple one-touch platformer game to check out in their spare time.
Mr. Crab 2 is the sequel to the original Mr. Crab that is sure to delight fans and newcomers alike. Help Mr. Crab jump to avoid obstacles as he scuttles upwards in an attempt to rescue the baby crabs and collect all of the shiny stars. The one-touch control scheme makes this a perfect game to play anywhere, anytime.
Why we love it
We're big fans of the original Mr. Crab game so we're happy that it has a sequel that is just as beautiful as the first game, but comes with even more crab-rescuing fun. The one-touch controls are perfectly responsive and the game itself is fun and challenging.
For those that enjoy Jurassic Park, LEGOs, and fun.
The game should be familiar to anyone who has played any of the popular LEGO-themed series of games. You’ll smash your way through a number of popular movies scenes as famous characters in brick form. You can even go crazy as one of 20 LEGO dinosaurs.
Why we love it
The LEGO series of games always delivers, and for good reason. The combination of humor and action appeals to all age groups, and LEGO Jurassic World continues that great streak. Along with getting to relive some famous moments from all four movies, creating your own customized dinosaur and park are lots of fun. It's highly recommended.
For those who like super fast twitch reflex games.
BARRIER X is a super fast twitch reflex arcade game that tests how fast you're able to get out of the way. In BARRIER X, players control a small ship that will be flying down a rather large stretch of empty, barren road. Walls will appear randomly and rather quickly, so you must tap on the screen to change lanes to avoid them. But watch out — the game speeds up every 15 seconds, meaning the walls come up faster and faster as you play. You'll need to be fast to avoid crashing into the walls or other obstacles. Your score is determined by how long you managed to survive before crashing. Do you think you're fast enough to survive?
Why we love it
BARRIER X is another twitchy reflex arcade game and we certainly can't get enough of those. The game itself looks fantastic with the minimalistic aesthetics, and it is very challenging and gives you a good reason to come back and beat your time for a better score.
For those who enjoy The Walking Dead, TellTale games, or any cinematic adventure.
Typical of Telltale’s games, The Walking Dead: Michonne is a cinematic interactive adventure game of choice and consequence, where every decision the player makes influences the flow of the story. In this three-part miniseries, players will tap and swipe to kill zombies and ultimately find out what separated Michonne from and what brought her back to her trusted group.
Why we love it
It's developed by Telltale, so you can expect to enjoy high production values with cinematic graphics and sounds. And the quality is not only superficial, as the game features a complex and deep story about loss and regret. Plus, the game effectively fills in the blanks left by the absence of one of the iconic characters in the "Walking Dead" series.
For those who like managing chaotic action and trains.
Train Conductor World: European Railway lets you embark on a new journey and visit the many wonders of Europe while controlling the railway. It is a fun puzzle adventure where you must manage the trains. Direct them to the correct tracks, stop them when necessary to avoid a crash, and earn pieces of tracks to broaden your network across the continent.
Why we love it
- Enjoy puzzle adventures - Like level-based gameplay
For those who want an immersive puzzle challenge without time constraints, score, or move limits.
For a beautiful and relaxing puzzle experience, _Prism is a wonderful addition to your game collection. With captivating visuals and sounds, you will journey through a microcosmic galaxy with intuitive and enjoyable gameplay. Solve the puzzles at your own pace and immerse yourself in a meditative world.
Why we love it
If you enjoy tranquil and soothing puzzles, then you will like _Prism. With gorgeous 3-D graphics, peaceful music, and intuitive gameplay, this is a great game for unwinding after a long day.
For those that enjoy challenging puzzles presented through immersive 3D design.
The story of The Room continues with trials set by a creepy new nemesis, The Craftsman. As you explore huge areas and tiny ones, the challenges feel increasingly epic, and a better-than-ever hint system ensures that finding solutions is super-rewarding. Can you unravel the secrets of the remote island you've found yourself on?
Why we love it
The Room Three is beautifully crafted with a chilling atmosphere, mind-bending puzzles, and a collection of gorgeous visuals. It will bend your mind as you try to unravel the puzzles behind the island and the mysterious Craftsman. Enjoy the puzzlings trials and keep your wits about you.