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The Vault

DoraYou know, reviewing games for a living is pretty sweet, but if I couldn't do this, I think I'd probably be a bridge guardian. You know. You'd want to pass over my really awesome bridge, and I'd be all, "Only if you answer my riddles three!" and if you got them wrong I'd get to use your hide as a throw rug or something. I haven't really thought it through, but I bet your parts are wicked useful. I just love puzzles, after all, the more creatively integrated the better, so here's three of the ones our audience has loved the best over the years!

  • Sprocket RocketSprocket Rocket - Go figure... whenever there's puzzling to be done, Wallace and Gromit are never far behind. Turns out they love it even more than they love cheese (which is a lot), and when you give Aardman the reigns to make them a new physics puzzle, something pretty magical happens. This time, it's all about building and piloting a craft that can perform certain objectives, and as you'd expect from an Aardman game, it's all done up with a fantastic style, sense of humour, and some seriously engrossing gameplay that gets you thinking as much as it keeps you entertained.
  • Specter Spelunker ShrinksSpecter Spelunker Shrinks - You have Ken Grafals to thank for this clever little puzzle platformer, which illustrates just how many neat ideas are still left out there if you're only willing to experiment. The game is short, focusing on showcasing its concept with style. Basically, our hero, Specter Spelunker... shrinks! But also grows. And you have to manipulate this ability on the fly to navigate your way through corridors and hazards as you shape your size. It's over far too soon, but it'll have you wishing and hoping that Specter Spelunker gets a full game of his own, because it really deserves it.
  • Blocks With Letters OnBlocks With Letters On - Martin Sears knows that anagrams can be exciting, and the Blocks With Letters On series has been charming and bedeviling players' brains for years now. It's simple... rearrange the tiles to spell the word hidden in the letters. The catch? As you try to maneuver letter blocks around, there is a lot that gets in your way, forcing you to navigate everything from switches, locks, and more, all with one great sense of humour tying it all together. It's the perfect solution for players who want to have their brains challenge, and also grin like madmen in the process.

While we welcome any comments about this weekly feature here, we do ask that if you need any help with the individual games, please post your questions on that game's review page. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and rediscover some awesome!


james.jewell February 5, 2013 8:59 PM

Love all three of these, thanks for posting. Think I will play BWLO now

sonicscrewdriver February 6, 2013 9:26 AM

That Wallace & Gromit one - never played a better physics game. And Wallace's "Phew!" when you turn the music off. I kept doing it just to hear him. Now that's voice acting.


Love Specter Spelunker Shrinks, definitely adding that to my recommended games list.


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