Family Game apps

Try to find the treasure in the mystery house by solving clues and riddles

It must have been my growing up in a household that was stacked with Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes novels that led to my love of a genuinely good  'whodunnit' mystery. I used to love trying to figure out who the dastardly murderer was or who stole the jewels from some stately mansion. Then along came the Cluedo board game and it went to another level. The thought of Mr Mustard bludgeoning someone to death with a hammer in the kitchen still haunts me. Things changed inexorably though when fully interactive games like Myst and, later on, Syberia were unleashed onto the world. They ...  More

The Hidden Treasure of Nahala Jun 2nd 2014

An addictive racing game that looks so easy to play...but isn't!

Do you know the thing that turns a good game into a great one? It's a game that looks simple enough for you to win...but isn't. All the most successful games are like that. Candy Crush Saga and Tetris as well as the Angry and Flappy Birds all come to mind. They look so darned simple that you give it a go. An hour or so later you're wondering how you haven't managed to master it yet. Another hour and you're totally addicted to it. Smack Cars is one of those games. On the face of it, what could be so difficult, you'll ask yourself? It's just a matter of switching lanes, dodging moving cars ...  More

Smacky Cars May 22nd 2014

An online game that is better than the original

Along with Go and Chess, Backgammon is reckoned to be one of the oldest games in existence. It was originally thought to have been played about 5,000 years ago and seems to have originated in what today we call Iraq - though it was then known as Mesopotamia. Equally, real-time online backgammon play was just as quick off the mark with the first internet backgammon server coming online being established in 1992. However, the online game has come a long way since those days. BackgammonAce is an exciting, fast and free game application for iOS and Android that turns the traditional board game ...  More

BackgammonAce May 20th 2014

Turn your spelling skills into an exciting game

I really don't wanna appear to be some crazed grammar and spelling freak here but, I have to admit, there's little that get's my goat up more than poor spelling and grammar on the Internet. I'm sure we've all seen memes on our Facebook feed begging people to acknowledge the difference between there, their and they're. That’s just the half of it. The thing is, standards in spelling have dropped over the years - probably because of a change in scholastic emphasis and, let's face it, bad Internet habits. Many would rather play a mindless online game than spend some time online improving ...  More

Word Ninja May 7th 2014

Trap that Crazy Dot with strategy and mind games

There are heaps of free puzzle games available in the Google Play store. They are massively popular. But here is a new kind of puzzle game that's a little bit different from the others. Rather than playing 'join the dots,' Crazy Dot is a strategy game for Android that is more about using the art of collision to win the points and the game rather than using more complicated gameplay. However, don't get the idea that Crazy Dot is a bash n crash mindless experience. It may seem easy-to-play but this game will prove hard to master and you will need to use all your patience, concentration, ...  More

Crazy Dot May 2nd 2014

The elementary future of interactive books, Watson!

Everyone loves Sherlock Holmes adventures. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless adventures sit alongside Agatha Christie as doyens of the murder mystery. The character has been played by everyone from Basil Rathbone and Robert Downey Jr on the big screen to Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller on tv and the stories are as brilliant as anything seen on CSI or SVU. Now Holmes takes on a brand new adventure inside this beautiful, next generation interactive book application for iOS. As the byline says, it will make you look at interactive books in a whole new light.   SHERLOCK: ...  More

Sherlock: Interactive Adventure Mar 19th 2014

Turn your photo sharing into a fun and informative game

Picture gaming seems to be the thing of the moment. It was only last week that we reviewed an app called ZoomIt! that claimed to be the 'world's first photo sharing game' and here we are with another. PicSo, however, can be far more than just an entertaining game. While it is certainly a lot of fun to play, it can also offer up an educational and informational slant to the photo sharing and gaming concept. This next generation app mixes picture sharing, social networking and games by asking you to include questions, questionnaires and simple quizzes to your photos when you send them to ...  More

PicSo - Pic Something Mar 16th 2014

A fully portable autism aid for when you are on the go

According to Wikipedia, Autism is defined as ' a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication and by restricted, repetitive or stereotypical behavior.' Sufferers, more often than not young children, regularly have trouble understanding concepts that can generally only be solved using pictures to back up vocabulary and diligent parents will spend hours at home setting up image cards to help kids understand better, the world that they live in. A year or so back, an Italian developer - aided by a team of ...  More

Words in Pictures Mar 6th 2014

Battle the smelly fridge with great characters and unique gameplay

The first thing you are going to notice about this fun new game for iOS6 and later is its beautifully stylized and very unique cartoon characters. And it's this uniqueness - evident all the way through the game - is what makes it so interesting. Supperhero is a deliberately lo-fi, turn-based game that uses simple strategic game play to raise an army of superheroes to defeat the villain - a smelly fridge and it's evil contents. In an interesting twist, the game gives users the opportunity to use calorie consumption to further their success and they must plan the best way to strategically ...  More

Supperhero Mar 2nd 2014

An iconic board game joins the digital age

The 1970's was a heady time for board games. It was the time before the Taiwanese revolutionized the games business by inventing hand held computer game in the early 80's and flooded the market with them and pretty well annihilated the board game. But it was back in those days that Irish inventor Brian McCarthy came up with the idea for this wonderfully innovative board game while on a plane trip. He wanted to invent a game that could be a competitor to chess but was far less complicated. So he came up with the very original "Power Game" and it was a huge success and sold a million units ...  More

The Power Game Feb 22nd 2014

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