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Puzzle under censure?

08-13-2010, 10:17 AM
#1
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 4
Puzzle under censure?

I really love puzzle genre, but it's seems like most of websites about iPhone games stop telling about them. For example, I make list of great puzzle games that weren't covered by TouchArcade.

1) Flipstones


2) The Screetch


3) Diabolika


4) Droplitz Delight


5) Bad Apples


Idea of this post comes to me after this thread on TA forums. Puzzle genre is most popular on mobile devices, but lead websites start ignoring great games, just because they are puzzle. On the other hand, these sites tell about not so good games in other genres, just because they aren't puzzles. It's not only about TouchArcade, but TA is the most popular and great site for me, so I decide to discuss it here. What do you think about it?
08-13-2010, 01:14 PM
#2
Welcome to TA! I see you are a big Screetch fan and I am sure if you stick around you will see that we all love a good puzzler.

As for reviews or what not, sometimes there isn't much that can be said about games like you posted - variants on the match 3 genre (droplitz looks like it might not be but haven't played it so can't comment on that one) - unless there is something completely unique about them. But as for your claim there is a puzzle censure just look here:

http://toucharcade.com/category/games/puzzle/

It's all the front page articles (401) that got tagged with the puzzle genre classification. As you can see there are a lot of great puzzlers in there and given space and time to write and play limitations I am sure the editorial staff has to pick and choose amongst all the new releases and write about the ones that bring new ideas to the table.

There is even a thread that lists all the puzzlers - but for the sake of exposing the reader/gamer to a different experience, Match 3 puzzlers are not included because there are so many clones. Mew's Ultimate Puzzle Game Thread:

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=33144

Anyway, no censorship, just so many games, so little time.

08-13-2010, 01:52 PM
#3
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 4
It's not only about The Screetch (but I'm Screetch fan, it's true). Flipstones is cool too, as well as Diabolika (c'mon, this is game by Derek Yu!) and other great puzzlers. Maybe there are many clones in match3 genre, but all games in this list are really unique. I read puzzle category of TA, most of all news about famous games - Castlevania, Bejeweled, Helsing's Fire, Luxor an so on. We already knew these games, they're great, but I think that TA team is highly professional and real professional journalists must search for hiddent gems and tell about them.

Don't forget, these games made by "garage teams" and their future depends of reviews. They not another clones, they are high-quality products. So maybe will be better post about Flipstones or Screetch, instead of announcing one more bejeweled update?
08-13-2010, 02:23 PM
#4
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
Posts: 3,741
It might sound slightly ignorant, but by this time I really don't want to hear about match-3 games at all, there are just too many. Each one that comes along claims to revolutionize the genre and they never do. If I see one on the front page I'll just ignore it, which is probably a common opinion and the reason why they don't get posted much.

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08-13-2010, 02:43 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by smitharass View Post
It's not only about The Screetch (but I'm Screetch fan, it's true). Flipstones is cool too, as well as Diabolika (c'mon, this is game by Derek Yu!) and other great puzzlers. Maybe there are many clones in match3 genre, but all games in this list are really unique. I read puzzle category of TA, most of all news about famous games - Castlevania, Bejeweled, Helsing's Fire, Luxor an so on. We already knew these games, they're great, but I think that TA team is highly professional and real professional journalists must search for hiddent gems and tell about them.

Don't forget, these games made by "garage teams" and their future depends of reviews. They not another clones, they are high-quality products. So maybe will be better post about Flipstones or Screetch, instead of announcing one more bejeweled update?
I am going to make a wild stab in the dark here and guess you are a developer of a match 3 game that has been released or about to be released?
08-13-2010, 02:51 PM
#6
I'd rather hear about puzzle and even match 3 games than 'novelty' games where it's considered 'ironically cool' to like them.
08-13-2010, 03:01 PM
#7
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Location: London, UK
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Quote:
Originally Posted by agent59512935 View Post
I'd rather hear about puzzle and even match 3 games than 'novelty' games where it's considered 'ironically cool' to like them.
I get the feeling you're talking about So Long, Oregon. If you are then I see two flaws... 1) You haven't played it, so you probably don't realize that people genuinely enjoy it. It's a fun and challenging game, not just a novelty app that's "cool" to own, and 2) It's popular, popular means people will visit the website to read it, which is exactly what they're aiming for.

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08-13-2010, 03:04 PM
#8
Well Flipstones made the front page as it is now free. So @smitharass you got your wish!
08-13-2010, 03:06 PM
#9
LOL at the enviro bear police.
08-13-2010, 03:10 PM
#10
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: London, UK
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Originally Posted by agent59512935 View Post
LOL at the enviro bear police.
That's not a coherent counter-point. You don't even need to have heard of Enviro-bear to appreciate So Long, Oregon. It just goes to show how ignorant and pointless your stance on the whole matter is.

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