A shareware title to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
Brain-training games are all the rage these days, and IQ: Identity Quest wants to sharpen your language, memory, observation, logic, intuition, and musical skills. The nonlinear story has you jumping between locations to solve puzzles and gather clues about the origins of your mysterious “puzzle cube.” The puzzles should look familiar—they’re based on Memory, Boggle, Sudoku, Simon, and Minesweeper-type games—but the variety of gameplay types and the sharp graphics kept us entertained for hours.
A shareware game to pass the time between incredibly important work-related projects.
If you’re a fan of 2D platform games like Dark Castle or Pitfall, Midnight Mansion is fun, easy to pick up, and should keep you busy for a long time. Its eight mansions hold 350 rooms to work your way through (avoiding monsters, climbing vines, collecting keys, and so on), and the included Mansion Builder lets you design your own levels. Three difficulty levels keep players of all abilities coming back for more, and the 32-bit graphics are polished enough that Midnight Mansion doesn’t feel like a relic from a bygone era.
From its animated opening cut-scene to its dazzling DayGlo-infused tracks, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D brings console-style racing to the iPhone. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Crash is the furry, PlayStation-born answer to Nintendo’s Mario—and he’s got the kart-racing cred to prove it.